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I'm really a guitarist but my dad has a bass and sometimes I mess around with It so I wanna ask you bassists what are some really difficult things somebody can do on a bass
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play it properly
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playing classical thump
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LES CLAYPOOL, he is like the Yngwie of bass... no joke...

No, that's Billy Sheehan. Both mindlessly wank on their instruments with no emotion. Les Claypool has emotion. That emotion is odd and hard to place most times, but it's there.
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No, that's Billy Sheehan. Both mindlessly wank on their instruments with no emotion. Les Claypool has emotion. That emotion is odd and hard to place most times, but it's there.


Both Sheehan and Malmsteen put a huge amount of emotion into their playing. Maybe if it is of a kind you cannot access, so be it. But I find they produce some beautiful music. Quite frankly, I prefer virtuosic playing to the classic 'emotional' playing (pentatonic with bends every other note). I find it is far more entrtaining to listen to, and conveys far more emotion to me.

It is just a matter of translating it, as it were. Some speak the language, some don't. A (bad) anology from my point of view is the classic emotional playing being pointing and grunting, while shredding is flawless italian.

Everyone can understand the meaning in pointing and grunting, but you can express yourself far more deeply with a true language. I just find that shredding has as much, if not more emotion that classic emotional solos.
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playing classical thump

And basiclly any other Wooten song.
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No, that's Billy Sheehan. Both mindlessly wank on their instruments with no emotion. Les Claypool has emotion. That emotion is odd and hard to place most times, but it's there.


the "no emotion in music" statement is probably the biggest load of crap in music it's untrue.
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Dunno, some of the Victor Wooten stuff is challenging, but I would have to go with Jaco Pastorius (on a fretless), otherwise check out other bassists like Ricard Bona, and stuff, they play some complicated stuff. You want hard, try classical upright bass. Mainly pieces like the Koussevitsky and the Bottesini stuff.
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Dunno, some of the Victor Wooten stuff is challenging, but I would have to go with Jaco Pastorius (on a fretless), otherwise check out other bassists like Ricard Bona, and stuff, they play some complicated stuff. You want hard, try classical upright bass. Mainly pieces like the Koussevitsky and the Bottesini stuff.


Hell yes! I'm working on those now.
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write a good bassline.

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#18
How about flamenco on bass? Carles Benavent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZjvSSGkUCg
(a solo he takes during a gig with Chick Corea)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjcNM9I2Pks&feature=related
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#19
Play 5:15's solo by John Entwistle. As Roger Daltrey said, he hits a million notes at once.
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LES CLAYPOOL, he is like the Yngwie of bass... no joke...


Is he not IN the second Bill and ted movie?
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64th notes at 200 bpm

with 1 finger


Someone once told me that playing songs with 4 finger picking is pretty hard at first

Basically anything by Victor Wooten is difficult to play
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No, that's Billy Sheehan. Both mindlessly wank on their instruments with no emotion. Les Claypool has emotion. That emotion is odd and hard to place most times, but it's there.

Billy Sheehan looks very, very happy when he's "mindlessly wanking", and last time I checked, happiness is an emotion. There's more to emotion than blues scales, playing slow, chords, closing your eyes, bending, vibrato, and making funny faces. People who play with "emotion" will have crappy shows when they're not in the mood, buy guys like Yngwie and Billy will give you 100% every night.

IMO (not saying this is your case), I think people play the "play with no emotion" card because they can not and will never be able to play at that level and they need to justify that fact by knocking those players down a peg (i.e. 'psssh I don't want to play like that, they're just wanking, no emotion... yeah, that's what I'm gonna keep telling myself!'). It's like the instrument equivalent of rappers' concept of "you be hatin'" - except playing shred takes time, effort, skill, and talent, whereas rap... is another story for another time.
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Am i sensing a blog?

But on the no emotion thing i agree for everyone but Michael Angelo Batio. He is the probably the most technically proficient guitarist in history. But Everything he does feels hollow, i can't hear anything but time changes, shredding and six different guitars stuck together.
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#28
hmmmmm MAB is just something that cant be explained but who knows maybe for him he is getting emotions out through what he plays u cant get into the "mindless wankage" guitarists and bassists minds therefore you shall never know if there are emotions or not.

/that discussion

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#30
Grr! Why is it always Yngwie? The kid isn't even that good, technically. There are dud notes everywhere and he's quite untight too. Even on record.
#31
look up some symphony x basslines. like in the dragon's den. thomas miller is amazing.
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Grr! Why is it always Yngwie? The kid isn't even that good, technically. There are dud notes everywhere and he's quite untight too. Even on record.


And he toatally lifted his image from Richie blackmore.


he's still doss, though.