#1
Do you for the most part consider yourself as a bassist or a bass guitarist? Do you play as a low-end instrument or a melody instrument?

i.e.) mike dirnt is a bassist John entwhistle is a bass guitarist
Jason Newsted is a bassist Cliff Burton is a bass guitarist

Not saying one is better than the other just discussing.

For my part I'm a bassist with a few bass guitarist tendencies. I have no need for the spotlight but i like to play fun stuff.

What do you think you are?
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#2
According to what you said I'm a bass guitarist. I hate to play the same thing twice, I'm always there improvising fills and stuff like that. Also I love playing bass solos and stuff.
#3
Six in one half dozen in the other...

They are different words for the exact same thing: a person who plays the bass.
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#4
I'm a musician.

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#5
i think you're over-analyzing. what you can something doesn't change what it is.
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#7
I know that these are all just little sub-genres under the heading of people who play bass. It's just that I saw an interview with john entwhistle where he talked about this and I wanted to know what UG thought. Just wondering.
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#8
Don't start this crap again.

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#9
This is like asking "Do you PLAY a bass or do you play A bass?"
You're just emphasizing different parts but essentially asking the same question and sounding rather ridiculous. (imo)
#10
Not this shit again.
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#11
I'm a bassist who is capable of being a bass guitarist. I have more fun punching out a nice rhythm than I do playing those stupid slap leads everyone tries to do, but I can certainly slap.
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#12
ok guys I'm sorry for starting this. I didn't know that his had been gone through before. I was just wondering.
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#13
Bass player = Bass guitarist

'nuff said, they're both terms with the same meaning, as far as I'm aware.

Also Mike Dirnt and Jason Newsted aren't just "hurr durr root notes" like you probably imply them to be. Go listen to "Welcome to Paradise" (not just the solo, the whole bassline is pretty prominent actually) and "My Friend of Misery".
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#14
According to what you say Im a bass guitarist.
However I never liked the term, it associates me with 'guitarists'. I do take the spotlight a little and do cool stuff. But I like to call myself a bassist just to seperate me from guitarists.
#16
Me? You could call me a "lead bassist." I do a bass solo at about every one of my gigs (no slap, all 3 finger rolls). Either way you look at it, a bass is STILL a guitar. Sheesh, it's just got less strings and a lower tuning.
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#17
It's all the same, I just use whatever suits me at the time. usually I'll say I'm a bassist but the second one of my guitarist friends starts talking about how being a guitarist makes you 'sexier' then I'll pull the Bass Guitarist trick.
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#19
Oh Lawdylawdylawdy, it's this shit again.

Bass player=Bassist=Bass Guitarist=Electric Bass player

Unless when talking about an upright bass player, then only bassist and bass player apply.

One thing I can't stand is "Lead Bassist" how are you a "lead bassist?" you're still playing the bass part, unless there is another bass player playing a rhythm part (why?) then how are you doing anything "lead?".

At most of my gigs (Jazz to Punk) I'm always soloing, that doesn't change the fact that I'm a bass player, I'm not doing anything "lead". Then again, I hate it when guitar players fight over who is "lead" and who is "rhythm" like anyone in the audience cares.
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#20
See when people say "lead bassist" most of the time they're referring to playing bass solos. Sure, it's not technically a "lead" but it's played in the same way that one would be. Just a bass guy who can solo
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#21
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Oh Lawdylawdylawdy, it's this shit again.

Bass player=Bassist=Bass Guitarist=Electric Bass player

Unless when talking about an upright bass player, then only bassist and bass player apply.

One thing I can't stand is "Lead Bassist" how are you a "lead bassist?" you're still playing the bass part, unless there is another bass player playing a rhythm part (why?) then how are you doing anything "lead?".

At most of my gigs (Jazz to Punk) I'm always soloing, that doesn't change the fact that I'm a bass player, I'm not doing anything "lead". Then again, I hate it when guitar players fight over who is "lead" and who is "rhythm" like anyone in the audience cares.


just because a guitar part is in a higher register doesn't make it the lead part

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Yea... please leave it at guitard don't make ba$tard a word, oh it already is
#24
I call myself a bass player. That's only because my friend ruined the word bassist for me....
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#28
This thread is pointless and done already. I vote for closure.
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#29
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Bass player = Bass guitarist

'nuff said, they're both terms with the same meaning, as far as I'm aware.

Also Mike Dirnt and Jason Newsted aren't just "hurr durr root notes" like you probably imply them to be. Go listen to "Welcome to Paradise" (not just the solo, the whole bassline is pretty prominent actually) and "My Friend of Misery".


Actually, another Green Day song with a prominent bass line is J.A.R (Jason Andrew Revela).