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#2939070 - 07/23/18 06:21 PM You tube
Ross Brown Offline
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When i log onto you tube to get ideas about how to approach/play bass lines... i often think ... these guys are overplaying... i bet they used to be guitar players.

... then i get paranoid that i simply suck and don`t play enough...

Thoughts?
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#2939113 - 07/24/18 04:39 AM Re: You tube [Re: Ross Brown]
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You simply suck and you don't play enough.

Now that I got that out of my system...
I know how you feel. I gave up a long time ago trying to be 'that player' who is all over the fretboard, plays a 20-string bass, runs all melody lines like all the time, etc. If I wanted to play like that, I'd play the blues harp.

I'm a simple player. I learned mostly from Motown, Big Band (especially the Count Basie Orchestra) and various players in bands I enjoyed (Kasim Sulton from Utopia, Allan Gorrie from AWB, Graham Maby from the Joe Jackson band). To me, there's no sweeter sound than a simple bass-line that so totally complements a song as to be a completely integral part of its very existence. Listen below.



So no, I don't think there's anything wrong with being a simple player. Play what the song requires and no more. Leave the show-boating to the other cats.
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#2939130 - 07/24/18 06:24 AM Re: You tube [Re: Flemtone]
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Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your bass like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around.
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#2939174 - 07/24/18 09:23 AM Re: You tube [Re: lug]
Flemtone Offline
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Originally Posted By: lug
Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your bass like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around.


How'd you know I wore a truss???
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#2939180 - 07/24/18 09:32 AM Re: You tube [Re: Flemtone]
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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
There is a time and a place for everything.

Regardless of instrument, the best musicians know when to hold back and support the other musicians, and when to have their moment to shine. YouTube by virtue of what it is, is going to lean towards people who want to show off. Don't let it bother you.
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#2939438 - 07/25/18 11:48 AM Re: You tube [Re: J. Dan]
Ross Brown Offline
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I missed this group....
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#2939439 - 07/25/18 11:50 AM Re: You tube [Re: Flemtone]
Ross Brown Offline
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Posts: 4783
Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: Flemtone
You simply suck and you don't play enough.

Now that I got that out of my system...
I know how you feel. I gave up a long time ago trying to be 'that player' who is all over the fretboard, plays a 20-string bass, runs all melody lines like all the time, etc. If I wanted to play like that, I'd play the blues harp.

I'm a simple player. I learned mostly from Motown, Big Band (especially the Count Basie Orchestra) and various players in bands I enjoyed (Kasim Sulton from Utopia, Allan Gorrie from AWB, Graham Maby from the Joe Jackson band). To me, there's no sweeter sound than a simple bass-line that so totally complements a song as to be a completely integral part of its very existence. Listen below.



So no, I don't think there's anything wrong with being a simple player. Play what the song requires and no more. Leave the show-boating to the other cats.


cool
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#2939600 - 07/26/18 05:46 AM Re: You tube [Re: Flemtone]
lug Offline
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Originally Posted By: Flemtone
Originally Posted By: lug
Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your bass like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around.


How'd you know I wore a truss???


You post here.
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You can stop now -jeremyc
STOP QUOTING EVERY THING I SAY!!! -Bass_god_offspring
lug, you should add that statement to you signature.-Tenstrum
I'm not sure any argument can top lug's. - Sweet Willie

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#2939796 - 07/27/18 03:30 AM Re: You tube [Re: lug]
Flemtone Offline
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Originally Posted By: lug
Originally Posted By: Flemtone
Originally Posted By: lug
Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your bass like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around.


How'd you know I wore a truss???


You post here.


Point.
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