The bass player's function, along with the drums, is to be the engine that drives the car... everything else is merely colours.
Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin
Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move.
Bass players are always the intellectual kind, but nobody knows it.
The bass, no matter what kind of music you're playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full. When the bass stops, the bottom kind of drops out of everything.
I'm the quiet bass player.
I wasn't originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.
Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream.
None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.
There are a lot of people who can do it on the guitar and sing at the same time, but I think what is harder is bass players that can play the bass and sing.
I always got great respect as a bass player.
I set myself up to be a bass guitarist and bass players get a lot more work than people like me.
A bass player has to think and play like a bass player. A drummer has to play and think like a drummer, and stay out of the way of the vocalist. The guitar player has to respect everybody else.
The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.
Bach is really the ultimate in bass players you know
I was never much of a bass player.
The absence of a bass player always makes things go faster and hit harder in the high-end range.
When I heard BB Kings Sweet Sixteen, I knew I wanted to play bass because that was the thing that made that record: the bass player.
Imagine if you were a drummer, and you accidentally picked up two magic wands instead of sticks. There you are, keeping the beat, the next thing you know, your bass player turns into a can of soup.
It infuriates me that stuff from the Internet routinely doesn't include all the credits. Because as soon as I listen to something, if I like it, I want to know, "Who's the bass player?" "Who did that?" "Who's the engineer on this?
I was always the sexy bass player in the background while Robin stood centre. Barry and I played it up a bit, gave 'em a bit of thigh.
Without getting real personal, we liked our bass player Ed. He was a great guy and he was a good bass player but his playing was suited for a different style of band.
In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.
I don't really have a favorite bass player. I listen to a lot of bluegrass. But then again, I'm not a typical bluegrass bass player. I was really into the Grateful Dead, and I still am - I don't listen to them too much, but for me they are a big influence.
As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll, Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift. So that's when Larry took over on drums, and we needed a bass player.
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