That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass, and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together - for me to play bass and for him to play guitar
When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
I recruited my dad to be my bass player and fired him on several occasions. He stayed on as a bus driver.
I'm a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we've been in many bands.
Unless you're singing something that's kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it's just difficult.
The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.
The way I play, I go through a set in a year. So I put '58 Gibson Jumbo Bass frets on all my necks.
So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact that the bass player could not play his instrument.
Being down in Orlando, Florida, where we filmed the movie, I learned how to bass fish. Jerry Reed, who plays the villain in the movie, taught me how to bass fish.
I like to practice on the bass, but I don't do it as often as I should.
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.
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.
None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
I love playing with Jeff. That's something I never really say in the press, but he's my favorite bass player. I've played right next to him for 10 years.
That first bass I had was an Eko, a very old thing with a thin neck, I had that for quite a while.
I don't want to wreck my voice. I love to concentrate on playing the bass and keeping it very rock-solid. If I were singing, I would have blown out my voice.
I like the guitar better these days. I like the bass, too, but it's hard to fit a bass amp in a small car.
Because Larry, by then, was a drummer, who would sort of get bored and tired, and rather stand up and blow kisses to people. So we needed the bass to sort of drive along.
I'm always interested in mixing technology and music. You know, maybe I'll have a MIDI bass pickup at some point, I don't really think that's the direction I would want to go.
A bass should sound like a bass with the thump of the finger against the wood, like it began with stand up.
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 just think that playing bass, like punk rock bass with a pick, wasn't meant to be done for 25 years.
I'm starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
I set myself up to be a bass guitarist and bass players get a lot more work than people like me.
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