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Re: Guitarists playing bass. Not good, not good.

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on March 16, 2001 at 05:15:35:

In Reply to: Guitarists playing bass. Not good, not good. posted by Dave Wood on March 16, 2001 at 03:06:36:

: I was talking with a fellow bassist just recently and we were talking about how you can spot immediately if a guitarist is playing a bass. If somebody is really good with a guitar he naturally is quite good on bass but there's something that reveals that he's not a bassist. It lacks something really essential to bass playing. Am I making any sense?

Well, if he's trying to strum a chord, that's a pretty good sign... ;-)

I know what you're getting at, and I'd say that more than anything else, it would depend on the particular *player*, not just whether he's a guitarist or not. I don't agree that a guitarist will *automatically* be good on bass, though.

The best way to explain what you're describing is an *understanding* of the instrument, which is *not* the same as the ability to *play* the instrument. "Playing" is knowing *what* to do; "understanding" is knowing *why* it's done that way (not necessarily theory), and that's where a *lot* of the "guitarists playing bass" mess up.

I started out as a guitarist, and picked up bass along the way, but I don't "play bass like a guitarist". I like to make my bass lines fairly intricate (I can't stand the old I-V, I-V), but still cohesive with the style and feel of the song, kinda like Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Duck Dunn, James Jamerson, etc.

Does it make more sense now?


P.S. I defy you to bust me as a "guitarist playing bass". ;-)

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