You practice, you rehearse – you’ve got a nice little pair of callouses on your fingers. You rock up to your gig all smiles, and go home with two whopping blisters instead.
Um, what? How did that happen? Now I can’t use the touchscreen on my smartphone!
If this has ever
The bass guitar occupies an essential place in the frequency spectrum of rock and pop music. We can all agree on that. But in this awesome video, an outtake from the Sound City sessions, we get a little glimpse at how bass players can also play an important role in
The following is a guest post by New York City bass player Chris Tarry.
If you put me in a room, say 14 x 10, give me an amp, a bass, and few minutes alone, I can come up with a pretty good bass sound. There’s control to be found in
Ugh. I just checked out my gig calendar and realized I haven't played a gig since June 12 and won't play another until August 14. That's more than two months without playing. This 'Gigging Bass Player' is NOT gigging right now. Not cool.
Lucky for me, I don't depend on gigs
I've been lurking around various bass guitar discussion forums for quite a few years, and one thing is very clear: There's a whole lotta bass snobbery going on out there.
I don't know if this kind of snobbishness exists in other circles. But in the bass world, it's everywhere.
Use a pick?
OK . . . this is going to piss off a few bass players, but I'm just going to say it:
Bass is easy to learn.
Come on bass players, let's just admit it to ourselves and everyone else. The bass guitar really wasn't that difficult to figure out, was it?
Hey you! Bass player! Yeah, you in the cover band. Do you realize you're playing everything wrong? Do you even care? You're getting paid, right? Would playing the songs correctly be too much to ask?
It's not that hard, really. Just spend some time listening to the bass part. Then copy
I've been playing bass for a long time -- since I was 14. I've been playing gigs for almost as long. I haven't kept count, but there have been a lot of them.
Most of those gigs have been OK. Some have been kind of crappy. And some have been downright