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Unread 01-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Who inspires you on bass?

Spinning off of Josey Wales' last post about getting McCartney's tone...

What players/music acts inspire you on the bass, whether that be stylistically, tonally or otherwise?

I readily admit that I don't really listen to any specific bass players nor am I usually listening for the bass lines in most of the songs I listen to. As such, I end up getting a lot of influence from hip-hop acts and producers as well as the recent influx of electronica influenced acts on the market.

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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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I'm not a real bass player, but I dabble a little. I really like a lot of John Paul Jones' stuff with Led Zep, particularly in the song ramble on. When playing bass at church that's usually the tone I target.


Other than that, I like where the line between bass and guitar gets blurred a bit, like with some of the the driving basslines by muse.
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I don't play much bass, but I used to really enjoy listening to the bass of the OC Supertones. It was so different from anything anyone else was playing at the time.
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I don't play much bass, but I used to really enjoy listening to the bass of the OC Supertones. It was so different from anything anyone else was playing at the time.
Yeah...the bass lines used by a lot of ska bands are really fun to listen to. I've never had much of a reason to use them so I've never learned them. I really should, if even as just a mental exercise.
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Walking basslines from swing jazz really inspire me the most, I can spend months improvising over that stuff. But when i need a break i find myself listening to stufff by John P kee, the bass player is crazy good.lol
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and Jaco Pastorius .......... i listen to a band called Weather Report .... acid jazz fusion ..... and its real nice.
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John Cooper of Skillet... he makes bass look so awesome.
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and Jaco Pastorius .......... i listen to a band called Weather Report .... acid jazz fusion ..... and its real nice.

Great Stuff, no doubt, still THE master of the bass.


As far as todays players, for tone, and great lines I love the kings of late night. Both Will Lee (Letterman) and Rickey Minor (Leno) just kill and have killer tone on top of it. I like players who have great tone, a great sense of space, time, and move the tune. The other guys I love, are George Porter of the Meters, Tal Wlkenfield of the Jeff Beck Group, and Roscoe Beck a great blues studio guy.
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I don't play much bass, but I used to really enjoy listening to the bass of the OC Supertones. It was so different from anything anyone else was playing at the time.
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I also like some of Relient K's basslines.
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Norm Stockton has to be one of the best bassists in CCM. His stuff with Lincoln Brewster is awesome. Adam Nitti is also a great bassist for hire working both Christian and secular sides.
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For a Christian forum some might consider this wrong but I really enjoy Cliff Burton and Jason Newstead .
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John Cooper of Skillet... he makes bass look so awesome.
I agree , very unique .
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Roy Montroy of the Resurrection Band/Glenn Kaiser Band--plays some cool riffs, and uses his fingers a lot like I do.

I love focusing in on the basslines.
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