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
Sensational Bass Guitar quotations
I wasn't originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.
Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin
If you put a Mars bar in one of Glenn Hughes’ hands and a bass in the other, he’ll choose the Mars bar.
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.
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.
You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass.
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.
So by the time I taught myself the bass guitar at the age of 14, my hands were already pretty nimble.
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.
I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion.
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.
I'm starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
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.
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.
Yes, I love to play drums and bass and guitar and piano.
Those are the main instruments I play. That is it.
Nothing beats 2 guitars, drum and bass.
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.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
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.
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.
I don't really know why I chose bass except that it was different than guitar.
A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
Plays bass guitar in rock band "Capitol Offense".
I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.