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A Group's Bassist is Deep in Sound and Pretty Much Ignored

There is a long running trope about bass players that for the most part is true. Bass players around the world are gifted at their instruments, and usually sound the best at any live performance. Why is this? It's a simple matter of response from the audience .

Vocalists are the front and center face of any band or group and they carry the bulk of the audience response. There is no shortage of groupies for the singer.

Guitarists are the river for which the band floats. Riffs power the platform the singer stands on, plus guitarists don't need anyone else. Their importance is known and revered by more than the singer is applauded. No shortage of groupies there.

Drummers are the backbone of any group as they set and control the speed of the beat of an entire performance. Drummers have control, manual dexterity, control over all limbs, fingers, and feet at all times. They are popular for that alone. Drummers are sought out by a particular kind of groupie.

Last and certainly least, we come to bassists, because no one else does. This is why they sound the best. They have all that non-groupie time to practice their instrument.

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Strgzr66 wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:54 AM

Bass is the "core" upon which a music production is built. It teams up with the bass drum to provide the the tempo and the overall "bed" of the tune. That's why I can't stand the show-off bass players who overdo arpegios and mad runs on the high strings, attempting to play "lead" on the instrument. As in anything else, there's a time and a place...

seren3 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:23 AM

That's funny on the groupie factor. I have to agree with Strgzr66 - they have their place!

houserulesradio wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:12 AM

Indeed. I usually am attracted to bass tone more than anything. My favorite bands for bass tone are Stereopony, Gloominous Doom, and Protest the Hero.

houserulesradio wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:13 AM

As a former vocalist and bass player, the groupie ratio is accurate.

isabbbela wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:34 PM

the truth is, musicians that play instruments are usually the most talented artists and the singer is always the one getting all the fame and love.

houserulesradio wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:39 PM

Sadé deserved it. That voice of hers is pure love.