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#2
The subways (recent rock/punk band) have a female bassist, who seems pretty good, otherwise i can't think of any.

I think it might even have something to do with the saying "bassists get all the girls", which is obviously not much of an incentive for a female bassist.
#4
trust me, there is actually quite a few. carol kaye, gail anne dorsey, tina weymouth, suzi q, nicole lea etc. mostly in metal, grunge and punk though. but in answer to the size question, most use smaller bodied bases, like musicman bongos, or ibanez sdgr's or even short scaled basses, like fender mustangs (no offense to skippy moogoose, of course)
#6
There was an add in either guitar center's or musiciansfriend's monthly sales propaganda, and it had a feature of some woman they dubbed LA's groove goddess.

Either way, it is interesting to note that most of the instruments in rock are male-dominated.
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#7
How could you forget the Smashing Pumpkins?

But if you think of a band that has one woman in it, she's usually the bassist or singer.
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#8
cassandra in wayne's world played bass...other than that I don't know any off the top of my head
#9
We have several esteemed members of the forum who are both female and play bass. I've known a few low-down ladies in the real world too...and if you search there are plenty of threads where we've dug out pics of our favourite female bass players.
#12
willie nelsons sister is the bassist in his band
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#13
The bassist for Emigrate is a chick
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#14
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this thread might seem abit sexist & what not so sorry in advance.
but, are there alot of female bassists? because quite honestly ive never ever met one, i think this might be due to basses being big in general and most women/girls being small....




Ok, I'm sorry..I shouldn't laugh. Higgins? My name is Tammie and I play bass. Now you can say you've met a female bass player.

I'm 5'4" in my bare feet. But like Suzi Quattro and Tina Weymouth, my favorite basses are those big hunking thick necked monster Precision basses. I glare at sales people who hand me short scale basses, btw.

And yes, this thread has been done before. Several times in fact.

and another excuse to post my favourite picture of Suzi and her Pbass..

#15
Yeah there are a lot of female bassists... They play it because they think its easy... I'm sure there are exceptions but the majority i've met said they played it cause they thought it was easy.
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Yeah there are a lot of female bassists... They play it because they think its easy... I'm sure there are exceptions but the majority i've met said they played it cause they thought it was easy.


And I've met as many guys who think the same. Ignorance of the bass and its relative difficulty is not exclusive to one sex or the other, my friend.
#20
Charlotte from The Subways plays bass.
She's a fox!

Something about girls with basses.
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#24
i don't need no stinking short scale bass


That is one big misconception about female players.


I love Emma Anzai. She has better stage presence then any guy ive ever seen play bass and her tone is killer.

#26
I find that I feel the same about women who play bass as I think of immigrants in America.

I respect them for finding a place in society under a lot of ridicule, but I have an odd paranoia that they are going to steal my job.
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#28
I don't think I've actually met a female bassist I respect. (Note that I'm a female bass player) Like someone mentioned before, they all play bass because they think it's easy, not because of a genuine love of the instrument. They all play in a school band, but they sound so bad that it makes me wonder how they made it in the first place. This isn't everyone, obviously, but it seems to be everyone I've ever met.
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:psst: I think they meant real bands.
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I find that I feel the same about women who play bass as I think of immigrants in America.

I respect them for finding a place in society under a lot of ridicule, but I have an odd paranoia that they are going to steal my job.




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#32
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I saw them when they were touring with Protest, I spent half the set figuring out it if it was a man or a woman.
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#34
Tal Wilkenfeld, one of the best bassists in general, and quite obviously the best female bassist. I challenge anyone to find someone better than her.
#36
Not judging from famous people, but judging from people I've met and heard play, most female musicians I've met play bass and they are mostly better than the male ones I know.

What would be the sexiest instrument for a girl to play? I think bass.
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I don't think I've actually met a female bassist I respect. (Note that I'm a female bass player) Like someone mentioned before, they all play bass because they think it's easy, not because of a genuine love of the instrument. They all play in a school band, but they sound so bad that it makes me wonder how they made it in the first place. This isn't everyone, obviously, but it seems to be everyone I've ever met.


You need to meet more female bassists, seriously.

The problem with bad female bassists is that every one judges the entire group of us by the merits of the worst. The best of female players are also guilty of this assumption as well. I'm not being high and mighty here, I've done this in the past--my band mates and I used to call the type you refer to as Barbie rock stars. But at some point, you need to support those who are really making an effort of breaking the mold and start seeking them out, because they exist in some significant numbers.

Our numbers are smaller, so its far more noticeable when there are less than ideal players. I would bet that from a statistical standpoint, the percentages of bad bass players to the overall bass population is about the same for male and female. Also, like Fitz once said, if you go to Toronto convinced there are huge populations of midgets, you'll see more midgets than the average person.

I've met more and more girls and women taking up bass and taking it seriously and being fantastic players to boot. And that makes me happy--I just hope to live to see the day that the word bassist isn't always preceded by "female" when people see a woman playing bass.

I think Tal Wilkenfeld will achieve that in her lifetime. She just blows me away--I watch her in the Crossroads video and I just envy her talent and skill.


And Kranoscorp? Your band called. They wanted to know if one of the female members of the forum wanted to join the band. They're looking for a bassist.

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:psst: I think they meant real bands.


Is bass even a real instrument?
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