154 Bass Guitar Quotes To Inspire You

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

The Most Famous Bass Guitar Quotes (Best in 2024)

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

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

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

Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar. I love that damn instrument. — Steve Vai

I consider myself a bassist first. — Casey Abrams

I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks. — John Lee Hooker

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 guitar is just a wonderful instrument. It's everything: a bartender, a psychiatrist, a housewife. It's everything, but it's elusive — Les Paul

So, my big brother was playing guitar and I figured I'd try it too. — Stevie Ray Vaughan

I’m not trying to play the guitar. I’m trying to play music. — Michael Hedges

Short Bass Guitar Quotes

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  • 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
  • Nothing beats 2 guitars, drum and bass. — Lou Reed
  • Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock. — Little Richard
  • I don't really know why I chose bass except that it was different than guitar. — Trevor Dunn
  • A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs. — Ace Frehley
  • Plays bass guitar in rock band "Capitol Offense". — Mike Huckabee
  • Bass is for people who can't play guitar — Eddie Van Halen
  • You can't beat two guitars, bass, and drums. — Lou Reed

Playing 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.

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

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

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

I even played bass for a while. Besides playing electric guitar, I'd also get asked to play some acoustic stuff. But, since I didn't have an acoustic guitar at the time, I used to borrow one from a friend so I could play folk joints. — Mark Knopfler

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

But yeah, I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye. — Colin Hanks

Bass Music 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

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

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

Women and rhythm-section first!? — Jaco Pastorius

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

I find myself wanting to make music at the dining room table or in the bedroom - I'm kind of a mobile writer, so I sort of move around the house. But the attic is definitely where I can make the most noise. While everyone on the lower floors screams 'Earthquake!' But no! It's just my bass! — Meshell Ndegeocello

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos, acoustic bass and it's a dead standard, you are going to play very differently. It depends on the music. — Lee Ritenour

Dubstep didn't invent bass, it just zoned in on it. Bass, to varying depths, is the foundation to most dance musics. — Kode9

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

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

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

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That's my intent. — Saul Bass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I always got great respect as a bass player. — Bill Wyman

Electric Guitar Quotes

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I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out. — Jimi Hendrix

Let’s be realistic about this, the guitar can be the single most blasphemous device on the face of the earth. That’s why I like it . . . The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar: now that’s my idea of a good time. — Frank Zappa

Being 16 years old and getting an electric guitar is never going to get old. There's always going to be kids making music. There's always going to be kids in bands. — Dan Auerbach

I went to my friend's house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I'm in love. — Ace Frehley

The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar; now that's my idea of a good time. — Frank Zappa

Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer? — Andres Segovia

I was interested in the electric guitar even before I knew the difference between electric and acoustic. The electric guitar seemed to be a totally fascinating plank of wood with knobs and switches on it. I just had to have one. — Jeff Beck

One thing I really hate about people who play both acoustic and electric is if they try to play electric style on an acoustic guitar. You must develop it as a totally different thing. — Rory Gallagher

Rock & roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it is striped pants. — David Lee Roth

The classical guitar has a dynamic to it unlike a regular acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back. It's an extremely dynamic instrument. — Steve Vai

Bass Players Quotes

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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

Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move. — John Densmore

One thing people always ask me is 'How do you play outside?' ... I have no idea how to teach that, but when I was discussing this with our bass player Jesse Murphy, he said 'tell them to go cliff diving'... In other words, when you're jamming, you have to take risks if you want to find new sounds. — John Scofield

Onstage I like to play with a an 18-inch speaker, which very few bass players do. I need that fat, underneath sound, which I've always had. It suits me admirably to do it like that, and I can imitate that sound by plugging directly into the board in the studio. — Bill Wyman

Guitar Instrument Quotes

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The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well. — Andres Segovia

The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it. That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you're bound to do great things with it. — Frank Iero

But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good. — Dweezil Zappa

The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few. — Franz Schubert

I play, like, 12 instruments. Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums... I'm working on mastering the accordion. — Lucas Grabeel

I really love that type of music where someone can take a guitar or light instrumentation and a beautiful voice and can send me somewhere. — Mark Lanegan

Write as you like, use the rhythms that come out, try different instruments, sit at the piano, destroy the metric, shout instead of singing, blow your guitar and ring the horn. Hate mathematics, and love eddies. Creation is a bird without a flight plan, that will never fly in a straight line. — Violeta Parra

The guitar is the most unpredictable and least reliable musical instrument in existence...and also the sweetest, the warmest, the most delicate, whose melancholic voice awakes in our soul exquisite reveries. — Andres Segovia

A man can’t have too many guitars or too many shotguns. — Robert Earl Keen

For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument. — Jerry Garcia

Guitar Strings Quotes

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There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. — Pythagoras

Bass guitar quote

Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. — Pele

I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk. — Stevie Ray Vaughan

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. — Andres Segovia

The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin. — Steve Goodman

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there. — Brian Eno

Every guitarist I would cross paths with would tell me that I should have a flashy guitar, whatever the latest fashion model was, and I used to say, 'Why? Mine works, doesn't it? It's a piece of wood and six strings, and it works.' — Angus Young

String Theory describes energy and matter as being composed of tiny, wiggling strands of energy that look like strings. And the pitch of a string's vibration determines the nature of its effect. — Roy H. Williams

Guitar is easy, all it takes is 5 fingers, 6 strings and 1 a**hole — Keith Richards

I remember when I was coming up, the music stores where you could get guitar strings was where I got my records from. Now the place where you get your records from is where you can get your DJ mats and your mixers. — Jam Master Jay

Guitar Quotes

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Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician. — Jeff Cooper

I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands. — George Harrison

If we replaced guns with guitars, then the world would be a concert — Thomas Ian Nicholas

Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion. — Jimi Hendrix

Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two. — Frederic Chopin

A guitar is more than just a sound box... it is part of your soul. — Manuel Velazquez

I practice more than ever ... mostly scales and arpeggios ... and anything I can't do. — Julian Bream

Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time. — Eric Clapton

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar. — Jimi Hendrix

Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful. — Ritchie Blackmore

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More Bass Guitar Quotes

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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 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

You have to understand that the bass guitar is the party instrument. It only has four strings. If you see a bass player playing five strings, take your shoe off and throw it at him. — Keith Morris

This isn't a mass-produced...instrument. Mike Lull Custom Guitars makes each bass right here in the NW. Over 20 years of collaborating, designing, and building basses has gone into my model. — Jeff Ament

I first picked up the bass guitar when I was twelve years old, and fooled around with it. By the time I was thirteen I got pretty serious about it. — Mark Mendoza

So I go to the studio, and just say, 'Hi Paul, it's me, Rusty.' I think I kept it together pretty well, although I was pretty nervous. And before the day is over I'm playing guitar, and there's Paul McCartney over there, playing his Hofner bass and singing. All I can do is think, 'This life is so so bizarre.' — Rusty Anderson

I had different bands. I played with the Acoustic Warriors for the most part, without girl singers. It was the same kind of sound, acoustic guitar, bass, with violin and sometimes accordion, and the guys would sing, that kind of thing. — Dan Hicks

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano. — Tennessee Ernie Ford

The first song I wrote, in fifth grade, was totally ripped from Jeffrey Lewis. My aunt's boyfriend gave me bass lessons, and I played drums for a year in sixth grade. Around seventh grade, I got a guitar and forgot everything else. — Frankie Cosmos

My favorite moments are when the bass falls in the pocket with the drums, the guitar is on top just slicing it, and the melody is scraping across like a sidewinder shattering through the monitor. It's just, ahhh, I love it! That's the jones, the hit, the buzz right there. It gets me off. — Nikki Sixx

I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye. — Colin Hanks

That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass, and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together - for me to play bass and for him to play guitar. — Tom Araya

Lately I haven't been able to write for the guitar - it'll usually start out with a melody on the bass, and I'll layer vocals. I just can't really physically hear the guitar anymore, so I'll just go into GarageBand and play around with the keys. I'll sit on a melody or some lyrics for a really long time and just play with it. — Sarah Jaffe

Sam [Phillips] wanted I Walk The Line up - you know, up-tempo. And I put paper in the strings of my guitar to get that (vocalizing) sound, and with the bass and the lead guitar, there it was. Bare and stark, that song was when it was released. And I heard it on the radio and I really didn't like it, and I called Sam Phillips and asked him please not to send out any more records of that song. — Johnny Cash

I just recorded in studios, you know, people pressed the buttons for me. So I just started recording the bass lines and guitar parts with my voice, covering classical pieces, or just making up melodies so I could learn how to use it. — Petra Haden

I play a bunch of instruments, like piano, drums, guitar and bass. And the kazoo every now and then. I'm trying to learn how to play the trumpet and the saxophone. That's what I'm learning how to play. — Mac Miller

The idea is: You played to 100 people this week in Europe, and then next week you can play to 200. It's an investment in that territory. But it can lose money because it's very expensive to go to Europe. You can't really just say, like, "Oh, we're gonna take our van and drive to California tomorrow." It's more like, "Oh, we have to fly to London and rent three guitar amps, a bass amp, drums; buy all these flights for four people; hire a driver." — Zachary Cole Smith

I just naturally started to play music. My whole family played-my daddy played, my mother played. My daddy played bass, my cousin played banjo, guitar and mandolin. We played at root beer stands, like the .Drive-ins they have now, making $2.50 a night, and we had a cigar box for the kitty that we passed around, sometimes making fifty or sixty dollars a night. Of course we didn't get none of it, we kids. — T-Bone Walker

Ridley Pearson also plays bass guitar and sings with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of such successful authors as Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Dave Barry-a band that, according to Barry, "plays music as well as Metallica writes novels". — Otto Penzler

I'm not a real musician. If you give me a bass guitar and you ask me to improvise something, or even be with some musicians and follow them, I wouldn't be able to do it. And I want to change that. I want to be able to be in a group and take my guitar and play with them, without someone showing me, "Okay, you're going to do this and that," because music has always been a big part of my life. — Marion Cotillard

Most records, you build from the drums and bass up. This one, we started with the vocals in Nashville and recorded them live with just the guitars and tried to make that complete and lovely-sounding without any adornment at all. I really wanted to get something with the vocal that I've never gotten before Armchair Apocrypha. — Andrew Bird

The first reason why I started to use the [electric] keyboard is because I really like the bending sound of the guitar and bass player. I can't bend the piano sound. I really like the feel behind it. I feel it adds flavour and character to my music. — Hiromi

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