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#1
Okay so this is the thread for how to get a bit of spice for the onstage part of bass playing..
Like spinning your bass around you or stuff like that everything goes.

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#2
look cool. i stand there, and look cool



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#4
Spread legs out reli far like mike dirnt,
Fling bass forward a bit so it looks like im throwing it at ppl =P
Jump to the beat.
Play behind head..yes i did that once..ppl went nuts
#5
I haven't been on stage............ yet, but when my band practices i walk around and jump up and down and when im not playing i mess around with the drummer's symbols with the neck of my bass it's funny.
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#6
Cool is not what you do, it's just the way you are. Spinning your bass wont do shit if you look like Bill Gates. I find the coolest thing to do is lay down a fat groove. If people arent bopping their heads when they hear your bassline and a drum beat then you're not cool.
#7
Personally, when I'm a spectator, I just love when the bass is loud enough to feel like I'm going to vomit out of my ears, so like, insane. It's not all stage presence, you just have to show your enthusiasm.
#8
LOL... of course you play the bass and i do not look like bill gates.
doing stuff on stage feraks ppl out and they get all nuts.

If you just stand and play then your not worth the stage.
#9
I go crazy on stage, I jump around and throw my bass over my shoulders. It\'s just my way of getting into the song and getting the crowd psyched. I\'m in a Pop Punk band so that\'s another reason, the type of music sort of calls for it.

Though I just did a show at my school where we had no space at all and it was for a christmas telethon so I just stood there and looked like an idiot.

Stage presence is everything. You don\'t have to go crazy but atleast make eye contact with the audience and have skill when playing!
#10
Backflips? Come on guyz dont be such hard-asses. Of course music is everything. But when u have mastered the songs ur gonna play, i think u shud make a little stage performance as well, otherwise as said before, ur not worth the stage. What I and my guitarist do, is that he takes off his guitar and holds it in front of me, and I play his solo, while he is keeping the bass growling by hammer-ons. (Of course we do it when the bassline is quite minimal). And im working on backflips off the drummer's platform these days. Looks cool!
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Spread legs out reli far like mike dirnt,
Fling bass forward a bit so it looks like im throwing it at ppl =P
Jump to the beat.
Play behind head..yes i did that once..ppl went nuts


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#12
If a bass player did a back flip while playing in front of me I would go a little nuts. Another key is to have the bass so loud that people don't have enough sonic space to talk over it and be audible. If they try and talk to each other you should see shrugging. Dancing and jumping around is good to do to show you're enthusiastic. If you aren't the best at playing while jumping try the closed eyes half head bang to the beat. Chris Wolstenholm from Muse is the best example of this technique. Check him out on youtube for examples.
#13
Do what feels right. If you're the kinda person who just stands there then do that, 'coz there's nothing worse than watching someone really awkwardly trying to look 'cool' on stage by jumping around like a fool. When I saw Mark Lanegan live (not a bass player, but still) he did his usual thing of barely moving at all and just gripping his mic stand like a drowning man, but it was still a f*cking good gig.
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#14
Go with the mood of the song. If u have a really energetic song, try and make the crowd feel it through your actions but if you are playing a sad song, you dont want to be bouncing round the stage, it gives off the wrong vibes
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If you just stand and play then your not worth the stage.



dont talk anymore, there are bassist who just play, maybe headbang to the music there playing, but jeez, you cant tell me the if you saw: flea, justin chansoller, jeff ament, stu hamm, or cliff burton (r.i.p.), just stand there and play amazing, you would hate it, and tell them to get off stage cuz they weren't using it enough,

please just stay open minded, there are guys that just stand there and play amazing and there fans love it, and there are those who go nuts and play great and there fans love it, to me its all about your fans, and what you wanna do,

thats all lol
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#17
There was a discussion like this in the recent "Bass spinning" thread. And I have a feeling this is going to end the same way, with everyone split either saying having stage presence is lame and pointless if you're a good bassist, and the others saying it's boring to watch a band just stand and play.

Personally, I feel it's very boring to go to a show and have the band just stand there in one spot and play, unless of course it's Bass G3 or the Guitar G3, then they can play naked for all I care.

But most of the shows I go to are hardcore/metalcore/metal/hardcore punk/etc. shows. At shows like that, if the band doesn't go crazy people get bored quickly. It may be because those generes aren't really about being virtuoso.

If I'm at a local hardcore/metal show and the band is just standing there, you can see the crowd is bored and often leave. When the music is that intense and fast, how can you not move around? People remember bands that go nuts on stage, sometimes bands are remembered for their stage antics more then the music, sad, but true.

Back on topic...kinda...I do bass throws, I'll throw it body first or neck first, I'm pretty good at both(not to toot my own horn). I climb on top of stuff too, my stack, monitors, whatever is around. We all just kinda jump around, fling your instruments in the air, headband, mosh as much as possible while still playing, all that good stuff. The basic hardcore stage show pretty much.
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#18
See: Paul Simonon of The Clash.

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#19
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My comments--

1. Theatrics aren't a substitute for musical talent or skill. But if you have both and thatis your thing, go for it.
2. It better feel natural otherwise you won't pull it off effectively

I'm not a very theatrical bass player, but not a Bill Wyman either. I do have a slight body groove / sway when playing that I didn't even notice until a teacher pointed it out.

To each his own.
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#21
^I saw the Who a few times. While Entwhistle didn't "move", he had the best facial expressions and facial reactions to the music. He was just so cool to watch--relaxed body and fingers that just flew. Epitome of cool.
#22
In band practice i'm quite static- as no1 else in the band is moving around, headbanging, etc so theres no need for it. But when i'm playing at my first gig i will probably walk around, headbang and do a little OTT picking- if the song requires me to play with a pick- it just adds dramatic effect
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#23
stage antics are really for the guitarists and the singers. bass isn't really a well respected instrument to the ingnorant, and alot of time thats who you're playing for. The only time ive ever been impressed by local band stage antics was when a guitarist (who was amazing, he won a statewide blues competition and has a full ride to berkely) just went completly crazy during Machine Gun's solo.
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stage antics are really for the guitarists and the singers. bass isn't really a well respected instrument to the ingnorant, and alot of time thats who you're playing for. The only time ive ever been impressed by local band stage antics was when a guitarist (who was amazing, he won a statewide blues competition and has a full ride to berkely) just went completly crazy during Machine Gun's solo.

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#26
i rock out! seriously just have fun!
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#28
Well the only time I've been onstage was doing some covers for a couple crowds of songs I didn't know. But once I get onstage, I'm going to look and play exactly like a lead metal guitarist, have fun, and get some chick to come up on stage and make out with me while I'm playing.

Or you could do the Slash thing and make it look like you really don't give a shit, and kinda wish you aren't there... Worked for him at least. lol
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^I saw the Who a few times. While Entwhistle didn't "move", he had the best facial expressions and facial reactions to the music. He was just so cool to watch--relaxed body and fingers that just flew. Epitome of cool.


lol I'm totally the opposite of that. I don't really like metal that much, so I tense the **** up, and make it look like I'm trying too hard to go nuts. That's where the woman comes in handy!
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dont talk anymore, there are bassist who just play, maybe headbang to the music there playing, but jeez, you cant tell me the if you saw: flea, justin chansoller, jeff ament, stu hamm, or cliff burton (r.i.p.), just stand there and play amazing, you would hate it, and tell them to get off stage cuz they weren't using it enough,

please just stay open minded, there are guys that just stand there and play amazing and there fans love it, and there are those who go nuts and play great and there fans love it, to me its all about your fans, and what you wanna do,

thats all lol


But SURELY you get a better kick out of a active performer than a dry up fish..
#31
i keep a beat and play my parts well, and regardless of whether im being crazy or stupid or ugly or not people like it.

pretty original ehy?
#32
Somebody said something about bass players not getting a respect from the ignorant...
and that performances are for the guitarplayers and lead singers.

Okay here we go!!

-First of all you are a BAND (bass player included) you should all take responsibility for the feel you give out

-Furthermore Entwhistle had a stage performance when he did his cool solulant movement

-Blackie Lawless (WASP) should be admired for his shows that go up to the sky

Now.. Me I do stuff like lift upp my bass and play it at a upright position, I kneel and play, I haven't learned how to spin the bass around (so tips are welcome) and of course the traditional headbanging.
#33
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#35
I just bite the heads off bats before launching into a monster solo. Seems to do the trick.
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#36
When I'm in a gig, I mostly just headbang and move the Bass with me . Sometimes throwing it around with the beat when I'm not playing , Occasionally making bizarre faces , and when I'm soloing I hold the neck Right next to my face so I can see The fretboard better
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#37
It really depends on the music. In a church praise band that I'm in, I just move to the music a little and try not to look bored. I'd probably do the same thing if I was playing low-key covers or something. But if I was in a high-energy punk/pop/hardcore/metal band, I would jump around and put on a good show.
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It really depends on the music. In a church praise band that I'm in, I just move to the music a little and try not to look bored. I'd probably do the same thing if I was playing low-key covers or something. But if I was in a high-energy punk/pop/hardcore/metal band, I would jump around and put on a good show.


lol, i would love to see a worship band with a rockin bassist, headbanging, jumping, bass swings stage dives and all
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#39
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My comments--

1. Theatrics aren't a substitute for musical talent or skill.



Apparently they are if you're listening to hatebreed219's kind of bands.


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But most of the shows I go to are hardcore/metalcore/metal/hardcore punk/etc. shows. At shows like that, if the band doesn't go crazy people get bored quickly.



As long as the music is good the fans shouldn't be ditching the show.
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dont talk anymore, there are bassist who just play, maybe headbang to the music there playing, but jeez, you cant tell me the if you saw: flea, justin chansoller, jeff ament, stu hamm, or cliff burton (r.i.p.), just stand there and play amazing, you would hate it, and tell them to get off stage cuz they weren't using it enough,

please just stay open minded, there are guys that just stand there and play amazing and there fans love it, and there are those who go nuts and play great and there fans love it, to me its all about your fans, and what you wanna do,

thats all lol



Just fyi, it's "their."


Anyways, I just usually either headbang or do somewhat over-the-top stuff with my bass. If anyone's seen Mike D'Antonio (bad bass player from Killswitch Engage, good stage presence) play, I'm kinda like that, but not as violent. Yknow, kind of lift my bass up while playing, get my whole body into it when a certain part is especially rockin'.
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