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Posted by Datsgor on March 16, 2001 at 09:04:39:

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 sence?

: Dave Wood

I know what you mean.......Thinking bass and playing bass are totally different....some guitarists just don't get this. I have seen guitarists try thier chops on a bass and it sounds pretty good......I have also seen guitarists pick up a bass during a jam and not have a clue! When I started playing Bass, I knew I wanted to play BASS, cause thats all I heard in the music. Its a thought process, when i hear music, I hear the bass.....I could hum hundreds of bass lines to all the popular music I grew up with, but humming a lead guitar part would be hard(a few exceptions of coarse)....like solos for Hotel California, Freebird...etc. We, as Bassists, think differently from the beginning......we chose bass for a reason.......I think it is personality orientated...we are just COOL, mellow and BIZARRE people, the spotlight was'nt the reason we chose to play......it was LOVE. I am not saying guitarists don't love what they play....I am just saying I never stood in front of a mirror for hours stiking poses with my new bass. I played it because I loved it. Now, as for guitarists becoming bassists...........GOD BLESS GEEZER BUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...peace...John


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