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Posted by Mickster on March 15, 2001 at 11:54:24:
In Reply to: Re: How many of us are there? posted by El Pájaro on March 15, 2001 at 06:55:43:
: : How many bass players are there? About 1.4 million. You decide if this sounds
: : right. This is verbatum from part of an article by Editor In Chief Richard Johnston from the February 2001 issue of Bass Player Magazine.(page 4)
: : "There are a lot of us. No one's made a definite count of bass players, but a
: : 1994 Gallup survey found there were 13,640,000.00 amateur guitarists in the U.S. Our marketing folks estimate there's one bass player for every ten guitarists, which would mean nearly 1.4 million bass players in the U.S. alone--
: : not including pros. In contrast to earlier decades, most bassists now start on
: : electric rather than on acoustic upright or guitar."
: : I somehow imagined more, but who am I to argue with a Gallup survey? I used to
: : think that a Gallop survey would tell you how many horses were running at any
: : one time.--- Sorry all!
: : Mickster
: : P.S. With a 10:1 ratio, we can pick and choose the bands we're in.
: Hey there,
: Well, those numbers apply to the U.S. only, but generally speaking I think yes, we ARE a reduced bunch. I'd like to know the figures for Latin America and for Argentina specifically, but I don't. It would be interesting. Judging from the visits to my 100% spanish bass website, 44Hz.com, I'd daresay we're quite a few, but then again, that would be only the figure for bassists with access to Internet (and the Internet thing here isn't nearly as developed as it is up there).
: One thing I'd really like to know, though, is the figures and bass-to-guitar ratio in places where the bass is almost as popular as the guitar, like Japan ...any players from the Land of the Raising Sun around here?
: Buena suerte and keep your basses way up front in the mix,
: El Pájaro
El Pajaro, very good point. I'm going to try to find the website for the Gallup
organization to see what info they have there. Myself being into Brazilian Jazz
would probably guess there's probably about the same number of musicians in South America as a whole. If you figure in all the non-electric players, they may even surpass the U.S. You've no doubt heard of Gabriella Anders? She's also
Argentinian. I have her U.S. debut album (for over a year) she's fantastic. Does
she have any local stuff? For those of you who haven't heard of her, she sings
a lot like Sade, but, with more of a girlish voice as opposed to Sade's sultry
sound. Very, very pretty to boot.
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