109 Bass Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of bass quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about bass guitar.

The Most Famous Bass Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin — Suzi Quatro

I started playing bass for the same reason everyone else does – I’m a lousy guitarist. — Mike Dirnt

The bass, no matter what kind of music you're playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full. When the bass stops, the bottom kind of drops out of everything. — Charlie Haden

I consider myself a bassist first. — Casey Abrams

I wasn't originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar. — Tina Weymouth

Bach is really the ultimate in bass players you know — Jack Bruce

There was a time when fast playing and fretboard pyrotechnics on the bass were important to me and when I am recording a bass track, that is still very important to me. — Geddy Lee

I really pay attention to the bass in the music I listen to, and that's what I tend to write toward. — Dustin Diamond

I realized pretty soon that I have to do more than just play bass in the background way. So, I developed a kind of playing which only a handful of musicians accepted. — Eberhard Weber

Because Larry, by then, was a drummer, who would sort of get bored and tired, and rather stand up and blow kisses to people. So we needed the bass to sort of drive along. — Neil Innes

Short Bass Quotes

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  • I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That's my intent. — Saul Bass
  • I always got great respect as a bass player. — Bill Wyman
  • Women and rhythm-section first!? — Jaco Pastorius
  • You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass. — Douglas Adams
  • I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion. — Teena Marie
  • I like to practice on the bass, but I don't do it as often as I should. — Geddy Lee
  • Hi, my name is Jaime and I play bass, and I have dumb hair. — Jaime Preciado
  • Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move. — John Densmore
  • That first bass I had was an Eko, a very old thing with a thin neck, I had that for quite a while. — John Deacon
  • Figured Bass (Harmony) and Religion are self-contained things, one should not argue these. — Ludwig van Beethoven

Bass Players Quotes

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The bass player's function, along with the drums, is to be the engine that drives the car... everything else is merely colours. — Suzi Quatro

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll, Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift. So that's when Larry took over on drums, and we needed a bass player. — Neil Innes

It's really easy to play harmonics, anyone can do it. It's another thing to be able to swing, to make to make a band swing, to create a groove. Harmonics ain't everything. Being able to play harmonics certainly does not make you a good bass player. Cleverness is no substitute for true awareness. — Jaco Pastorius

Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream. — Geezer Butler

I wasn't allowed to play in some universities in the United States and out of twenty-five concerts, twenty-three were canceled unless I would substitute my black bass player for my old white bass player, which I wouldn't do. — Dave Brubeck

I recruited my dad to be my bass player and fired him on several occasions. He stayed on as a bus driver. — Chely Wright

To be a great band it's like you have that telepathy. You know when the bass player's in back of you without even looking. You know when your guitar player's coming up to you to lean up to you and sing into your microphone. You just know these things. You feel it. You feel the energy of it. — Scott Weiland

Imagine if you were a drummer, and you accidentally picked up two magic wands instead of sticks. There you are, keeping the beat, the next thing you know, your bass player turns into a can of soup. — Mitch Hedberg

In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead. — David Amram

My dad was a bass player in a Latino band when I was growing up. So we always had musical instruments in our basement. — Lindi Ortega

Bass Guitar Quotes

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The ukulele was the first of many instruments they had bought for me. They got me a guitar when I was eleven, which my son Morgan uses until this day. They paid for 3 years of guitar lessons; they bought me a bass fiddle, which I still play. — Tony Visconti

My mom always told me I should have a Plan B. I said that if I'm not going to play guitar I'm going to play drums. And if I'm not going to play drums, I'm going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed. — Gary Clark, Jr.

If you put a Mars bar in one of Glenn Hughes’ hands and a bass in the other, he’ll choose the Mars bar. — Gary Moore

I heard the Beatles and the Stones, and Mom bought me an electric guitar. I played lead for four years and then switched to bass. One day someone suggested that I should sing, so I sheepishly stepped up to the microphone and the rest is rock history. — Glenn Hughes

I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich, and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days, but it didn’t work out. — Hulk Hogan

So by the time I taught myself the bass guitar at the age of 14, my hands were already pretty nimble. — John Entwistle

So I'll set a cycle in motion and pop it into record and I'll lay down a drum pattern, a bass line, a keyboard and guitar part, and once the groove is going I launch into the song and sing my song over the top. — Thomas Dolby

I'm starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar. — Squarepusher

I feel my spot is somewhere between a bass player and a rhythm guitar player. I play with a pick. I play very aggressively. I always have a distortion pedal in line, and I play less melodies and do more stuff against the guitars that create melodies. — Nikki Sixx

I like the guitar better these days. I like the bass, too, but it's hard to fit a bass amp in a small car. — Dee Dee Ramone

Drum And Bass Quotes

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In all the music that deals with experimental repetition, drum and bass, dub, various kinds of house music, there's always been a quality of atmosphere and ambience. — Bill Laswell

I love the percussion. It's a right brain, left brain thing. There are different beats, but cooperating together. It's your whole body doing it, you're doing the snare drum and the high top with your hands and the bass drum with your foot. You're this whole motion machine. — Shalom Harlow

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion. — Robert Wyatt

Yes, I love to play drums and bass and guitar and piano. Those are the main instruments I play. That is it. — Jeff Lynne

The women went berserk, to the accompaniment of 'When a Man Loves a Woman.' It was all bass and drums; the musical equivalent, Anna decided, of cheap aftershave. — Sue Margolis

I spent five years, at least, working with Miles. Together, we recorded ESP, Nefertiti, Sorcerer -- and I can tell you; each of these albums instantly became jazz classics. Hey, we had Wayne Shorter playing tenor sax, Ron [Carter] on bass, Tony Williams played drums. That was great band we had. — Herbie Hancock

Nothing beats 2 guitars, drum and bass. — Lou Reed

Actually, there was another band where we were three girls, around '84 when I met John Zorn, called Sunset Chorus. It was just bass and drums and guitar- we didn't make any records but we played a lot of different clubs in New York. — Ikue Mori

I got heavily into the drum-and-bass scene, which is really wicked. — Ajay Naidu

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it. — Keith Emerson

Double Bass Quotes

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It's very inconvenient being a sculptor. It's like playing the double-bass; one's so handicapped by one's baggage. — Dorothy L. Sayers

In life's orchestra, the bike is the double bass. Hard to forget it — Paul Fournel

I think a double bass for me would be too much effort. But the cello, you're really engaged and the sound is kind of right here. So, it feels like being merged, married to an instrument. — Tod Machover

It will be the first time I've played live with a double bass. — Alvin Lee

Bassist Quotes

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Steve Lawson is a brilliant musician. I've known about him and listened to him for many years. He may not be one of the most famous bassists but he is definitely one of the most talented. — Victor Wooten

A good bassist determines the direction of any band. — Ron Carter

I applied to Uncyclopedia Bassists, and was accepted!! — Eddie Van Halen

Cheers to the albums written fortunes earned lives touched in the millions and generations defined by one lonely person placing an ad in the back of a free paper seeking a guitarist, bassist, and drummer just looking to jam. — Dallas Clayton

When I had a job catering, I catered a wedding for the Smashing Pumpkins bassist in Indiana. And I served Billy Corgan shrimp off a tray. — Amy Poehler

Peter Baltes was the best bassist I ever played with. — Don Dokken

The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. — Geddy Lee

My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin. — Fiona Shaw

A nightmare is two bassists on stage. — Chris Squire

There wasn't much work around at the time, I think I found a bit in Germany or something, but we played together and somehow the bassist Laurie Baker got involved as well - I can't remember exactly how. — Jamie Muir

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More Bass Quotes

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In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities. — Les Claypool

When you have an acoustic bass in the ensemble it really changes the dynamic of the record because it kind of forces everybody to play with a greater degree of sensitivity and nuance because it just has a different kind of tone and spectrum than the electric bass. — David Sanborn

It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don't choose to live anywhere else. There's land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I'm going to do it some day. There are lakes where a man can sink a hook and fight the bass. There is room here for my children to play and grow, and become good citizens-if the white man will let them. — Medgar Evers

I'm not a star. I'll never be a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or a Ray Charles. I'm just an imitator, man. I'm doing a very bad imitation on the bass of Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Odum, Jimmy Fielder, Jimmy Blanton, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, Charlie Parker... the cats, man. I'm just backing up the cats. — Jaco Pastorius

Sometimes when an idea flashes, you distrust it because it seems too easy. You qualify it with all kinds of evasive phrases because you’re timid about it. But often, this turns out to be the best idea of all. — Saul Bass

People ask how I learned to play bass with one hand. Well, with a face like mine, you learn to do a lot of things with one hand. — Peter Steele

The thing that's really rewarding is when people will say to me that they had actually given up the bass, but are going to start again because the online school seems like a good idea. — Nathan East

You can bet there's something fishy going on. I guess some large mouth bass left that lipstick on our shirt. — Dolly Parton

Peacock bass like to hide at ambush points, away from the strong canal currents. If you fish early and know those peacock hangouts, you will have little or no trouble catching peacocks on lures and live bait. — Mark Hall

I didn't follow the standard rules of bass playing, and many musicians on many different instruments who became noteworthy for their unique or particular style did a very similar thing. — Billy Sheehan

Ten silver saxes, a bass with a bow The drummer relaxes and waits between shows For his cinnamon girl. — Neil Young

We went to a small lake, Bass Lake. It was beautiful. It was perfectly still when we got there in the morning. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just magical. And we did catch some fish, 13 fish. — Jennifer Granholm

I play a percussion instrument, not a musical saw; it needs no amplification. Where it's needed, they put a microphone in front of the bass drum. But, I don't think it's necessary to play that way every night. — Buddy Rich

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