Hello, I'm [your name here] and I'm a bass player...

wheat's picture

Here it is, on HAZ's recommendation, an introductions thread. A lot of you already know one another, so feel free to chime in. If you're new here and have been lurking, jump in and meet the folks here at bassplaying.com. We don't bite. Unless you're into that sort of thing. And then we always have a "safe word."

I'll start. My name is really James Martin but my friends call me "Wheat," which is short for "Wheabread," which is a silly nickname I got stuck with back when I played in a funk band called Punkinhead. I've played in a lot of bands, in a lot of different styles, since I first started playing bass back in 1984. I play Fender basses, Yorkville amps, and Hartke string (they must be made by D'Addario. They play just like 'em but are even cheaper). I'm in the middle of several bass-related projects:

  • jamesnotjim.com, site for my bass-centric music, recorded in my home studio. I want to finish enough tracks to do a short-run CD for sale at CDBaby or some place like that.
  • An expanded print edition of the bassbook which I hope to publish or self-publish and sell.
  • Running bassplaying.com, which was, at first, just going to be a support web site for the bassbook project.

The colophon of my homepage has some more biographical details, if you're interested. I look forward to meeting everyone here. So, if you're new, don't be shy. Jump in and comment on things. Let us know who you are, what you like, and how you'd like to see the site grow so it meets your needs.

Wheat

obejuan's picture

Hi! I'm Sean.

Hi!

I'm Sean. I'm a guitar player. However, recent circumstances have directed me to learn bass. I currently play in my church's praise and worship band. I play both acoustic and electric guitar for our services. One of our members has taken an interest to the acoustic guitar. That move provided me an opportunity to fill a gap - bassist. We've never had a bass in the band, so this is all new to the band and me. Here's the cool thing - I've never played bass before, other than tinkering with one a couple of years ago. But I must be honest, I really am enjoying it! The bass just feels "natural" to me (if you know what I mean). Even more natural than the guitar.

Playing bass is NOTHING like playing guitar, as was my initial thought. I really enjoy being part of the rhythm and groove section. The bass however, is not as forgiving if you play a wrong note though....

My only gripe is that I'm having trouble singing and playing bass at the same time. I could do both when playing guitar. Oh well, I'll keep working at it!

Right now, I'm totally fascinated by John Taylors (Duran Duran) bass playing! He is incredible! He does more than merely lay down the groove.

I look forward to learning from you all!

MTFBWY....

Obejuan (Sean)

howdy sean

and welcome to a great site. You mentioned that you found playing bass differently than guitar.....sounds like your well on your way to playing bass. most guitar players who pick up the bass usually seem ( at least in my experiences) sound like guitar players playing bass instead of a bassplayer. hope you continue to enjoy it and enjoy this site....lot of good folks here....

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obejuan's picture

Thanks!

[quote=GRhodus]and welcome to a great site. You mentioned that you found playing bass differently than guitar.....sounds like your well on your way to playing bass. most guitar players who pick up the bass usually seem ( at least in my experiences) sound like guitar players playing bass instead of a bassplayer. hope you continue to enjoy it and enjoy this site....lot of good folks here....

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Greg
Http://www.myspace.com/kybassmaniac
Http://www.youtube.com/kybassmaniac

*and it harm none,do what thou will*[/quote]

Thanks man! :)

Paul Warren's picture

Welcome to the site Sean.

Welcome to the site Sean. Like Greg, I too notice a difference between guitarists filling in on bass and those that get it and become bass players. Sounds like you are getting the 'bug'.

I'm not too familiar with John Taylors playing. There are some really great players out there though. Some of my favorites are 'Family Man' Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Mel Schacher from Grand Funk, John McVie from Fleetwood Mac and many, many others.

obejuan's picture

Thanks Paul!

[quote=Paul Warren] There are some really great players out there though. Some of my favorites are 'Family Man' Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Mel Schacher from Grand Funk, John McVie from Fleetwood Mac and many, many others.[/quote]

Fleetwood Mac is awesome! Yeah, I've been playing along to "Sara", "Rhiannon", "Gypsy", and "Dreams". McVie's playing is fairly straight-forward. Nothing fancy, just a good groove.

TK's picture

Hiya Sean! I also play bass

Hiya Sean!

I also play bass for my church's paise and worship team, kinda slid into the slot when they talked our bass player into moving over to guitar (which is an instrument he played for years and years). He has often said he isn't a bass player, he is a guitar player who plays at the bass.

Welcome to the site!

TK's picture

hehe, maybe I should look to

hehe, maybe I should look to see if there is a 2 at the bottom before I post... :p

Hi

Hi folks. Just a note of introduction. Found this site while roaming around virtual world & like it a lot. I'm an...older bass player. First 'real' bass was a '65 Fender Mustang & Bassman amp w/2x12" box. Played a lot of bands & clubs but nothing truly professional. Just love playing. Mediocre player at the best of times.
Currently just play around with my home pc studio using Line-6 Toneport, Reaper & Kristal & a '73 Fender P-bass, a Hofner 500/4 mod 1969 & assorted 6 string stuff. I'm a bass player who tries to play 6-string. Much different than folks who try that the other way around. Nothing beats holding down the bottom line.
Anyhow...glad to be able to join such good company.

Regards,

gc

Hazz's picture

Welcome, seems you have some

Welcome, seems you have some nice gear.
Your name sounds vaguely familiar, have you or do you do any on-line collab work?
Perhaps you did some time on the LA/Hollywood circuit? Hmmmmm?

Cheers
Hazz

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wheat's picture

Welcome to the site, Gordon.

Welcome to the site, Gordon. You'll find a lot of folks here into home recording, and a lot of us are TonePort fans, myself included (UX2 + POD Farm, for recording, and GearBox for practice, into either Ableton Live 6 or GarageBand '09). I hear good things about Reaper. I think many of us here play a little guitar as well, at least when it comes to recording at home. I have a nice Guild acoustic guitar and a Squier Tele Custom as well as a few others (an old Kay semi-hollow electric and an ancient arch-top acoustic).

Welcome to the site!

bassplaying.com

Thanks for the welcome guys.

Thanks for the welcome guys. Hazz...some online collab stuff but nothing noteworthy. And nothing in the live world of LA since...well...a loooong time ago.
Wheat...good to be here bud. reading a lot of good stuff on this forum. Most home recording folks that I run across do a lot of the grunt work themselves (those that aren't loop fans) like guitars, bass & vocals. Drums are the one thing that I have to defer to technology on. MDrummer-small...it's freeware & it sounds great. But I'll leave that for another thread at another time.
Thanks again for the welcome,

Gordon

wheat's picture

I'm with you. I greatly

I'm with you. I greatly prefer to record my own stuff than to play paint-by-numbers with prepackaged loops. I'm not saying that's wrong or anything, but it doesn't work for me. It feels like cheating. :)

With drums, there's the rub. I can play a beat or too, but I don't have a kit, and I certainly don't have any way to effectively mic a kit. So I'm torn between using software, going without drums, or using instruments I do play as drums (not beating on them with sticks, but playing dead notes or something to create a rhythmic pulse).

I have the limited version of Toontrack EasyDrummer and a Korg nanoPAD that I can use to play it. It also has loops you can use, and you have full edit control over them, which is nice. I've thought of upgrading to the full version, but I get sick of spending money on software--even good software that I think I'll find useful.

So, I'm torn. I need to devote more time to recording and come up with a solution for this issue. Luckily, I have a new project in mind and some motivation to work on a track or two. So maybe I'll come to a decision and have something to show for it.

Wheat

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Hazz's picture

I was thinkin' the LA scene

I was thinkin' the LA scene in the '80s, hmhmhmhmhmh (was that really that long ago?).

If you ever decide to dabble more in the on-line collabs the three best places are, granted this is just my opinion ...

MusiciansCollaboration.com

Kompoz

And lastly, LimberTwig - this one has a small following, all great musicians but there is a shit load of info with in that small group when it comes to music.

Hazz

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Hazz, Thanks for the

Hazz,

Thanks for the great links. All three are new to me. Spent some time over at Kompoz just now. Great musicians & production. More good places to hang out & catch up on some great music.
And yes, for me the 80's were a long time ago...

g

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Hi My name is Steve... and I'm now addicted to playing bass....

Hey all! I am a newbie here but hope to be around awhile. I have seen this site referred to in a number of places so I thought I'd check it out. I like it. I have been playing acoustic guitar for around 35 years, but only started learning on bass about 2.5 years ago. Always wanted to learn, and my daughters gave me the motivation to take the plunge :-)

All 3 of them are musical, and I taught all 3 of them to play guitar. 2 of them play the piano, one of which is amazing at keyboards - the other is awesome on acoustic and electric guitar - as well as saxophone. Oh, they sing and dance too... Anyway, to be able to spend fun time with them I thought that I could learn bass and we could all play together - which has worked out really well. We don't get to practice together as much as I'd like as we are all so busy, but we do whenever we get the chance! We have also co-written several songs together so far.

I started out with a Squire P bass, which I do really still like to play, but then after about a year, I got an Ibanez SR505 which I Love to play! While I am still a beginner on bass, I can honestly say that I have practiced pretty much every day since I got the Squire - usually anywhere from 30 min to an hour or so each day. I can get along pretty well with rock, country, and gospel, but I most enjoy jazz and especially playing the blues!

During my middle and high school years I also played trumpet, so I can read music, but often use tab with guitar (have been a bit lazy about memorizing where all the notes are on the fretboard well enough to play well reading - and tab is so easy to do.... )

We hope to perform together someday -we even came up with a name "Don't Fret" - but so far we've just performed at home for ourselves and family. We have an offer to perform at our church, so hopefully that will happen in the coming year.

What I'd really like to do is be part of a band that gigs once in awhile. Time is the biggest factor right now - I have a day job, a wife, many animals, and 3 teen daughters who are involved in tons of things. But - they are getting older and will be off to college before long. Then, there is the fear factor. To be honest, the idea of performing live half thrills me and half scares me to death! But - I want to do it. I do want to be sure that I am good enough too. How do you tell when you are ready? So many people I have read say to just go for it and expect you'll mess up but you'll learn from it and get better. I suppose that is true, but easier said than done... I am open to any words of wisdom or encouragement from those of you who know way more than I do about all this.

In fact that's why I'm here - to learn - and contribute when and if I can. And judging by the posts I've read so far, I'll make some friends along the way...

Looking forward to meeting you all, and learning as much as I can.

wheat's picture

Hey Steve, Welcome to the

Hey Steve,

Welcome to the site, and welcome to the bass. With the practice schedule you're following, you'll be dangerous in no time. And I'm sure the extensive background on the guitar is a big help. Quite a few of us here play other instruments as well as the bass, though most everyone here is more devoted to the bass than to any other instrument.

As for playing live, the advice you've heard is right. You just gotta get out there, and sooner rather than later. You'll blow some notes. Big deal. I probably blow at least one note 9 out of 10 gigs I play. It doesn't matter, and, so long as you don't draw attention to it, only really attentive musicians in the audience will notice.

Congrats on raising three musical daughters! My son, Haden, will be three in January, and he loves music. I try to encourage him in that direction and have plenty of gear for him to bang on with impunity. He particularly loves singing through the mic with a bit of delay on it. He makes some crazy sounds with that, as I'm sure you can imagine.

It's been a little quite here of late, as I've been devoting most of my time to parenting and work, but some new blood always helps.

Wheat

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howdy

howdy there Steve. welcome to a great site. as for playing i agree with wheat....ya just gotta jump in and do it. Playing with others will give you a bigger, faster increase in skills than all the practice in the world.

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Greg
Http://www.myspace.com/kybassmaniac
Http://www.youtube.com/kybassmaniac

*and it harm none,do what thou will*

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Greg
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Http://www.facebook.com/brokendreamsband
http://www.reverbnation.com/brokendreamsband
*and it harm none,do what thou will*

Greetings Fellow Bassists

Hi, my name Is Allan but on here I will be posted as Bigmac,I will get a photo uploaded asap. I hope the holiday season was good for you all. kind regards Bigmac.

howdy

howdy and welcome Bigmac.....

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Greg
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Http://www.youtube.com/kybassmaniac
Http://www.myspace.com/brokendreamsband
Http://www.myspace.com/risinphoenix

*and it harm none,do what thou will*

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Greg
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Http://www.facebook.com/brokendreamsband
http://www.reverbnation.com/brokendreamsband
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Welcome aboard, Bigmac.

Welcome aboard, Bigmac. Thanks for signing up!

Wheat

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