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Re: 5 string, 6 string, 7 string, 8 string, 9 string etc. etc. Bass? OH REALLY?

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Posted by Aaron on January 20, 2000 at 17:43:44:

In Reply to: Re: 5 string, 6 string, 7 string, 8 string, 9 string etc. etc. Bass? OH REALLY? posted by Ed on January 20, 2000 at 15:01:48:

: : Back in the 50's we somehow allowed this new four string guitar to be called a bass. OK we really didn't know any better nor did we care. Most upright players (I do not play upright)did not really involve themselves with this new axe for they were busy honing their craft. Then one day some of them realized there was money and fame possibilities and converted. So we called them electric bass players.Fine! Where and when do we draw the line as to how many times we can rape the original double bass and still call it a bass? We add string after string some high, some low, and sometimes double up on them.What is the limit? Why don't we just strap on a harp over our shoulder, hold it sideways and call ourselves a bass player. After all there are plenty of low pitched strings to choose from.It's because we would loose the feel and head space of a bassist. Now don't get me wrong, I admire and respect all five and six and seven and even eight string instrumentalists,same as I respect all musicians, but I honestly can't call them all "bassists".I sometimes wonder if my playing a four string fender even qualifies me as a "bassist" I just like the way it sounds and makes me feel.I like being in charge of the lower register. I hope I did not offend anyone. Steve DePra

: If you fulfill bass function, it doesn't matter what instrument, yer the bass. This seems another pointless exercise...

Thank you for making this point! It's what you are adding to the song that counts - why would the # of strings matter? Tony Levin often plays a 3 string bass - does that make him more of a "Bass Player" than someone who uses a 4 string?

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