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#1
I haven't seen a thread like this and I thought it would be funny to hear some of my fellow bassist's terrible stories. I know there are some out there. Heres mine.

I used to jam with a guy all the time in highschool. We jammed almost every day, mostly covering songs like Purple Haze and Money.

One day, in the mists of a satisfying jam, I mentioned that I had fooled around with writing a song and had the bassline and lyrics worked out. Before I could ask if he would listen to it and try to put guitar with it, my pal laughed in reply and said "How do you expect to write good lyrics to a bassline?"



Dumbfounded, I said, "I don't know, but I did." He laughed again and said something like "Lets hear it", so I played it and sang the lyrics (which is hard for me to do while playing). It didn't sound very good because I kept messing up. He watched with a smug look on his face. I insisted if we had a singer it would sound good. He thought it was stupid. I jammed with him for another year or so, but haven't seen him since highschool.

Anyone else have any stories like this, involving pig-headed guitar players? Lets hear'em!
#2
Sorry 'bout that, I'm an accustic guitarist myself (trying to sing, not sure if it works), but I hate it when people get so uppity like that. I'll do my best never to look down on the bass players in my band from now on!
#3
i have a guitarist friend who insists that lighter guage strings create more tension.... physics my friend, physics...
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Sorry 'bout that, I'm an accustic guitarist myself (trying to sing, not sure if it works), but I hate it when people get so uppity like that. I'll do my best never to look down on the bass players in my band from now on!


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#5
Ok, my "band" consists of three guys. I play several instruments, but my main focus is bass and vocals, and I'm a pretty damn good bassist (not to brag, it's just that I'm much futher ahead of the other bassists in my area). Our drummer is perhaps one of the top 5 drummers in within 50 miles, regardless of age. However, our third member....completely kills us at our own instruments, plus he is an extremely accomplished guitarist, flamenco guitarist, and pianist. He is always right and seems to always know everything about everything. With my dilemma it's no longer a matter of bassist oppression, it's a matter of overall musical oppression. He can do everything we can so much better, and a hell of a lot more.

It just grinds my gears.....
#6
I don't really have any stories like the threadstarter. It's probably because basically everyone in my band started learning around the same time and we started the band before we were any good at our instruments.
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#7
One day me and the drummer of my band started playing each others instruments (I suck at drums btw) and he jokingly said "Hey, lets have a battle of the bands! Me and Joe (me) against You and Jordan (2 guitarists), the one who comes up with the best song wins!"

and the rythm guitarist smugly points out that I suck (tremendously) at drums and that whichever "band" has him or the other guitarist will win because "If you can play guitar you can obviously play bass and because the lead guitarist was quite proficient at drums"...So I said to him "Listen little buddy, playing the bass and playing the guitar are two totally different things which I can do quite well"...I proceeded to take his guitar and began playing some Metallica and Megadeth solos and a few Steve Vai licks here and there (nothing too difficult) but apparently it was to him (I dont blame him, the music he likes consists of " Repetitive Palm-muted powerchord "riffs" and weak "leads" that a retarded baby could play)... All in all, I owned his ass right there, and now he knows his place

however, I really dislike resorting to showing off to prove a point and I wish I could have a discussion with him about the bass and the guitar and why he's such an ignorant musician but alas, my efforts are in vain as he is, as I said, an ignorant and hardheaded musician...err, guitarist..
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Ok, my "band" consists of three guys. I play several instruments, but my main focus is bass and vocals, and I'm a pretty damn good bassist (not to brag, it's just that I'm much futher ahead of the other bassists in my area). Our drummer is perhaps one of the top 5 drummers in within 50 miles, regardless of age. However, our third member....completely kills us at our own instruments, plus he is an extremely accomplished guitarist, flamenco guitarist, and pianist. He is always right and seems to always know everything about everything. With my dilemma it's no longer a matter of bassist oppression, it's a matter of overall musical oppression. He can do everything we can so much better, and a hell of a lot more.

It just grinds my gears.....

Time to sign his life away in contracts and show him to the big time. Hello mansion
#9
Luckily for me, the musicians around me tend to have alot of respect for bassists, so I haven't had to many problems.

Although one time I set up jam with a guy online, who was taking down on me and basses in general saying how amazing he was at guitar. (Little did I know at the time he had only been playing for a year.) Needless to say the outcome was a very poor jam session, in which I had to play down at his level (Think Greenday-American idiot album, at half speed.) and that was a blast. Not.

I've also had guitarists ignore everything I say regarding chord progressions (guitarist that know nothing about music theory that is.) and think that they can solo over everything I play and it will sound good.

I've jammed with tons of people, but I've found I always take something new away from a jam session no matter how bad it goes.
#10
i once said to my ex-guitarist that i taught my current guitarist the minor pentatonic scale (to get him started on soloing), he burst out laughing on the spot, saying something along the lines of... "a bass player teaching a guitarist soloing scales?".

funny enough, im gonna get to my first paid gig a hell of a lot sooner than he's gonna.
#11
im the bass player in teh band, and 2 of the three songs on the myspace page below where written by me. of course everysong i write on guitar, and my guitarist is sicked by me when i tell him i've written the guitar part to a song.
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#12
When I played in a band I wrote every single part of the songs. Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocals. I then showed the music to my band members. They were really just some friends that I handed instruments to and told them to learn so that we could have a band. After giving them the music to play, I would ask them if they had anything to add. They never did. When one day, they meet behind my back and say to themselves "I think we should kick Mike (me) out of the band. All he does is play bass. You don't really need a bassist anyway."

They come to me telling me that they are kicking me out of the band. I laughed and left gracefully. I went to visit them at their next practice just to see how they were doing (we were friends anyway) and it was hilarious.

They were completely clueless. They thought writing music would be so easy. They had no clue what to do without me walking them through it. Needless to say, I was invited back, but didn't accept. I just continued playing alone in my room.

That is how most of my musical career has gone. Sitting alone in a room with no one to listen.
#13
In my band the guitarist is quite smug, and he thinks he's quite good. So, when I hear him having trouble playing a song (like the intro to "Under the Bridge" or "Plug In Baby") I pick up another guitar and quickly show him how it's done.
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#14
ahh, guitarists around here are pretty nice to bassists. theres a rather short supply
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ahh, guitarists around here are pretty nice to bassists. theres a rather short supply


Damn straight ! I only get respect and love from my band members.. The sign i see the most in music noticeboards is "BASSIST WANTED".

This is why i practice so much, in a few years i want to be a professional session musician if my band doesnt sky-roocket to the top of the charts !
#16
well the guitarist in my old band starting writing the bass parts for all the songs, I dont know why I quit because of that reason.
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Damn straight ! I only get respect and love from my band members.. The sign i see the most in music noticeboards is "BASSIST WANTED".

This is why i practice so much, in a few years i want to be a professional session musician if my band doesnt sky-roocket to the top of the charts !



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#18
guitarists over hear dont really care to much i dont have a band but me and my guitarist friend jamm out every now and then but hes said some stupid stuff like "Bass is so easy look what i have to do" (/shows me a really easy song) i ussually jsut show him some mudvayne slap bass stuff it ussually shuts him up, theres to many guitairst in my school and not enough drummers
#20
Whenever I used to make a suggestion my guitarist used to say "SUCH a bassist thing to say" or "get back in your cage, bassist" but they've stopped that now.

I once said "no, I won't play root notes unless I have to, I'm going to play something a little fiddlier" I think they realised I wasn't just opting for the easy option.
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im the bass player in teh band, and 2 of the three songs on the myspace page below where written by me. of course everysong i write on guitar, and my guitarist is sicked by me when i tell him i've written the guitar part to a song.



I like your band.


And once I was jamming with these fellows, maybe a few months back. When I couldn't come to practice (had the flu) they sent our back up guitar player to MY HOUSE. Some how he got to my room and was like

"Dude, I need your bass."
me-"Coff. Dude you can't even play bass. You can barely play rhythm guitar."
"No man (lead singer) said I need to play bass today since you can't"
me - "YOU CANT EITHER DUMBASS (sneeze)
"But it's just like guitar with less strings!"


Needless to say that guy never stepped foot into my room again. Luckily we ditched the singer and him soon enough.
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...and the bassist comes up to the EQ and moves all the sliders into the typical smiley face pattern and in a really thick Jamaican accent said "you can't have de bass without de smiley face"
#22
Needless to say that guy never stepped foot into my room again. Luckily we ditched the singer and him soon enough


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#23
reading through this, i feel sad that my fellow guitarists (i play guitar) can be so cruel to one of the most crucial instruments. i have nothing but the utmost respect for bassists, as i was taught to play guitar by a bassist, and pretty much all of my influence comes from les claypool.
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#25
There's one guitarist I know who doesn't seem to respect bass. He goes off about how "Bass sucks" and how "the bassist is the guitarist's *****." Everything he plays sounds like your typical generic metalcore crap.

He also thinks that this:


looks better than this:
#26
That second bass is like... albino. It isn't very good looking, to be honest, althought different colors would help. It does however, beat the hell out of the former.
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#28
i fully respect bass players...hell, i think that playing bass is harder than playing guitar...but it's a wee bit hard when all the bass players i've met are lazy as hell, playing with a pick to play the open A string repeatedly...why can't more bass players be like sheehan?!
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#29
to be honest with you, i'm with Yertle (as usual) the second bass isnt that great looking. I think the beast looks better, but as most people know BC Rich is a gamble. 1/10 of them are pretty good, and the rest are alright. Quite overpriced if you ask me . Anywho, I might have a story or two of my own. My one guitarist thinks that this tap solo he came up with is really complex. when i played it on my bass, i have a feeling he found his place
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#30
Guitarist, " slap isn't a real teqnique no matter who good it sounds, besides I can't hear myself aswell when you slap". Enough said, guitarist's really need a wake up call.
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#31
Well, i was having a jam with my new Rythm guitarist (not anymore), she has been playin 7 years, 5 of which where lessons. Anyways, i come up with a riff that used probably every note in the E-minor pentatonic scale, so we thought we should record it, nuthin big or anything, just to get experience ect. so we were playin, got the bridge (bass solo) bit done......bla bla bla............then we went to end the song, and she ends on a G! a G! I mean, i know i could kinda work, but it wasnt a song were we thought, 'hey tht would sound gd' ect, just kinda put it together. But i mean....G......WTF??!!!??

BTW, i ended on an E lol.....
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#32
i hate it when im jammin crazy trainn with a guitarist and HE starts playin the intro

i mean i know its simple but christ its like they think guitarists dont get enuf spotlight
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There's one guitarist I know who doesn't seem to respect bass. He goes off about how "Bass sucks" and how "the bassist is the guitarist's *****." Everything he plays sounds like your typical generic metalcore crap.

He also thinks that this:
*uber gross BC Rich*
looks better than this:
*shockingly bad overuse of wood*


heh, anything > bc rich, but that second bass is a bit meh. looks too white, and i was never fond of wood covered pickups
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Did they ever find the bodies? or have I said too much?


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...and the bassist comes up to the EQ and moves all the sliders into the typical smiley face pattern and in a really thick Jamaican accent said "you can't have de bass without de smiley face"
#35
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i hate it when im jammin crazy trainn with a guitarist and HE starts playin the intro

i mean i know its simple but christ its like they think guitarists dont get enuf spotlight


HOLY **** i completely agree with you man guitarists get enough spot light as it is
#36
I have a good one. I was playing with my band and my guitarist was bitching about how his shoulders were hurting from holding his guitar (we had been playing like an hour).

I told him to stop his bitching and moaning because if I was holding a bass than he could hold a guitar. His exact words were.

"It's not my fault that your poor and all you can afford is a sh*tty bass"

I walked over to him and smacked him in the face for two reasons

1. I am not poor.

2. I have a nice bass that costs more than the guitar he got for free
#37
When I play the intro to 'Around the world' my guitarist keeps on playing the open E string at the begining with me. I'm like "..........wtf r u doing" and hes like "it sounds kool" At that point i really felt like slapping him..........but I didn't coz he's a gd friend of mine.
#38
I've never really had a problem with my guitarists, they're both decent guys, when we were starting out, me and one of them agreed that we needed to 'jazz up' my basslines, which was fine by me. We always have the usual crack about bassists being useless and all that, I can take a joke, and if they ever step out of line I tell them so.

It's nice and refreshing to hear from your lead guitarist:
"I can't hear the bass, turn it up."

#39
On my first band's first paying gig, my drummer refused to pay me because "the bass parts were too easy". Of course, this was the last concert I ever played with him.
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#40
I play guitar, but I have a lot of respect for bassists, in fact if it weren't for a certain 2 bassists I'd probably still be struggling with Green Day. Over half of the guitar riffs I've made started as basslines. This post doesn't go with the forum at all but hey, I just wanna show that not ALL guitarsts are assholes
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