#1
so, over here it's 1.30 am

I have an irrational fear of going to sleep incase my illness gets worse

so I thought a light hearted thread would help

my theory is simple:

many, if not all bassists gets a "bass face" when playing

definition of "bass face": a strange, sometimes amusing facial expresion worn by the bassist whilst playing

I'm thinking things likeKrist Novoselic during unplugged (the mouth open fly catching look, kinda like this ), and there's loads of examples

and I know I get it

so, anyone got any other examples or pics??

or you all think my theory is bogus??
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#2
It's not just bass players, although my brother who plays bass gets the exact same one you described. I know when I first started to play guitar I would get whay I just called a "playing face." I've been working hard at reigning it in though so I don't look like a total idiot . Most musicians I know get some kind of weird face when playing. I think there's some relationship between how long you've been playing, and the weirdness of the face you make.
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#4
yeaa, mine changes depending on what kind of music I play....

damn other musicians getting it...bass face sounds soo cool
it ryhmes and everything
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#6
It depends. If it's something groovy my eyebrows kind of knit and I have a scowl on my face. If it's something technical my eyebrows raise and my mouth opens. When I'm doing something technical my shoulders also do a kind of wave where my left one goes up and then down as my right one goes up. It's epic.
#7
i apparently look like im stoned out of my mind. like i usually have my head back at an angle and my eyes closed partways
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#9


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#10
I look like I am concentrating rather hard and I have heard that I tend to bite my lower lip on the harder songs. God, I must look downright awful or stupid, or both...
#11
my face gets tense and i stare straight ahead when i try to play higher ground by rhcp at full speed... it's a double loss because i can't play it and i look decidedly un-groovin'.
#12
Apparently i have a habit of staring at my feet with a blank expression on my face.
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#13
i pucker up my lips slapping and rock i just go with. i dance with it more. my head dances. and i dance. i groove.
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#15
For rocked out stuff, I scowl a bit and clench my teeth. I look angry, but it's rock and roll man.

When I play worship music, I'll probably close my eyes and sing along, but it all depends on where the Spirit moves me.
#16
I stick my tounge out to the left and get a determined expression on my face.
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#17
I open my jaw as far as it will go without actually opening my mouth, and when some thing fast/complicated comes up, I shake my tongue around inside lmao.
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I open my jaw as far as it will go without actually opening my mouth, and when some thing fast/complicated comes up, I shake my tongue around inside lmao.


I just tried to do that then.

How can you play like that and not laugh xD
#19
I'm often told, by family, that when I play a lot of stuff I end up opening my mouth and kind of gawping at the fretboard, or around the room, depending on the complexity of it. I tried to avoid doing it at gigs, but the photos are proof that I cannot escape the bass face!
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I look like I am concentrating rather hard and I have heard that I tend to bite my lower lip on the harder songs. God, I must look downright awful or stupid, or both...

Me too, only that I do that in songs of all difficulties.
But don't say that we look stupid, we look ****ing awesome .

Since I were small, everytime I've done something hard, drew, or played music I've been biting my lower lip.
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#21
When I unconsciencelessly play I have my mouth open and look like a fish but when playing gigs im really self conscience (not to mean that I don't rock out or anything). But everything I do live I do it for a reason and stuff.

Winking at the crowd, making eye contact and other crowd engaging facial expressions is really important to lock the crowd into your performance.

When im not doing this i'll be either looking away from the crowd at my drummer or headbanging or something.

If youre coming upto a hard lick making silly faces as if it's really really difficult. Look like youre expressing "eeek!" it always get a few laughs.

So long as your aint gawping at the floor or starring into space or getting fretneck (strain of the neck because you look at your frets too much while playing ) you'll look cool on stage.

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#22
I usually have my mouth slightly open - my gf always makes fun of me because of this.

The rare time I'm performing (lack of a band perpetuates this), I tend to try and rock out and really get into the music (cheesy stuff like closing eyes and swaying), so I don't have to look into the audience. I'll get nervous that way.
#23
When I get in to the zone, just feeling the rhythm, then I like like I have a mental disorder. My eyes look glazed, my mouth hangs open with my tongue right there, and my head tilted downwards but not all the way. And I'm usually swaying to my beat. Pretty sad. I only snap out of it when I start drooling. I've drooled on my Precision Bass too many times.

Luckily I haven't done gigging very much, although my church wants me in the praise team soon, their bassist is leaving. I better work on it.
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#24
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my lips dont pucker up that much. just cause im black doesnt mean i have big lips
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#25
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trujilo is just a bassface with a body attached.



my bass face i suppose
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#27
good to see so many varied faces

= ]

my gf thinks mine's cute,but she's strange, i grit my teeth usually and look well weird

this is the only pic I have,and it doesnt show its true glory, first ever gig though, Epic skate park, Mosely, good times

but I also seem to have acquired bass hair
seriously have no idea how my hair got like that, like my college photo...no-one remembers my hair being that long, so we've dubbed it "Cris-the Nirvana years"

shame I cant get that up here too, aw well I digress...
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w/o bass n drums, there wouldn't really be rock music.

Schecter is pronounced 'Shek-ter', right? I don't want to walk in and say, "Hey, can I try out that Sketcher?" and have the helper reply with "Wtf, we don't sell shoes!"
#29
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiL1sjGIcew
go to about :18 seconds into the video...
w/o bass n drums, there wouldn't really be rock music.

Schecter is pronounced 'Shek-ter', right? I don't want to walk in and say, "Hey, can I try out that Sketcher?" and have the helper reply with "Wtf, we don't sell shoes!"
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#31
I usually frown like Dan Briggs when I'm playin' a breakdown or just something heavy.
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#32
My first though was Victor Wooten. He goes completely gormless during complicated bits and he starts concentrating.
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#33
Oh, and here's my singing face - I sing most of the time so this is the face I'm usually making:


My girlfriend always makes fun of me for it, but I don't listen to imaginary people, so it doesn't bother me all that much.
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#34
Fitz I think you win this thread

unique and awesome faces there

seems my theory is correct, us bassist carry the curse of the silly face, still, we get to play an awesome instrument, which more than makes up for it

word!!!
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#36
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My girlfriend always makes fun of me for it, but I don't listen to imaginary people, so it doesn't bother me all that much.


Hilarious.
#38
My guitarist mouths his solos like Vai. I kinda stare into space like I'm angry at an invisible leprechaun. Or, at least, that's how my mom puts it.
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#39
I kinda stick my tongue out a bit if I'm into it and if I'm lost and have no clue whats going on I look like I'm lost and have no clue whats going on.