Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:47 pm
I've played with many bands over the years and found a startling admission from a very good Bluegrass Banjo picker that didn't care what notes the bass was playing as long as the bassists timing was good.
Then there's the country band a Bassist friend of mine did a short stint in that expected him to Hotdog more (playing above the 5th fret)
I think it's a myth guitar players make good Bass players, but Bass Players make good lead players.
Depending on what the makeup of the band is. Mine have almost always been three piece Bass, Guitar, Drums. The bass has to keep a constant sustained sound especially during lead breaks. To use an art practice of covering a raw canvas with paint. This is essential for me when playing live. Syncopation allows for more staccato bass part at times. When playing with larger groups bass is expected to stay in lower octaves. I don't like slapping. I am Guitarist, not a Bass Player so don't take offense Bass Players.
Whats your idea of a bass player?