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Posted by Thomas H. Skarbye on January 19, 2000 at 02:30:01:
In Reply to: Re: bongo bass or slap style bass or no style bass whatever posted by Rob Perl on January 18, 2000 at 23:49:12:
I don't agree! I believe slap-bas will return to be hip within a year or two... I am currently taking up basplaying after 8 years and slap is sure a discipline.A agree with Marcus Miller who says:
"I think a lot of folks confuse the tools with the music people make with the tools.
Playing the bass with your thumb is simply a way to get a sound. What you do with it is up to you. There are a lot of cliches that bass players fall into with the thumb and it does get annoying, but that's not the fault of thumb style playing - it's the fault of unimaginative players.
A lot of bass players, a lot of musicians for that matter have what I call a classicist mentality. It's kind of a European view in that they think an instrument has a "proper" way to be played and any other way is a violation of the instrument. This way of thinking is justified usually be the fact that instruments like the piano and violin have histories that go back three hundred years. People have tried thousands of ways of getting sounds out of those instruments and, over all those years, settled on the most effective techniques.
Relative to those instruments, the bass guitar, which is probably about 40 years old, is in it's infancy. There are so many possibilities. With every generation young musicians are gonna be plucking it, thumpin it, tapping it, banging on it, kicking it, biting it - whatever they can do to get some cool sounds out of it because, instinctively, they know the rules for this instrument havn't been set in stone yet.
All the bass guitarists complaining about thumb bass should realize that in 1960 there was a whole bunch of uprite bassists complaining about bass guitar! "
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