what makes a good bass player for a drummer?

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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:15 am

To me it's a guy/girl that understands that the bass drum is key!
to go beyond what could be there and add to the bands sound!
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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:08 am

I think it's the same thing that makes for a good drummer, or guitarist, or whatever is your chosen instrument:

playing 'musically,' and listening/responding to the other players.
Using your skill to enhance the song. Developing a rapport with each other that allows you to lock in tight and function as a unit-
not going off on your own or showboating.
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Post Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:02 am

The same thing that makes a drummer good for a bass player. Both must lock up and lay down a good solid groove for the band to ride on. If the rythym section isn't in sync, the band will not be in sync.
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:43 am

I'll tell you right now what makes a good bass player. Somebody who DOESN'T SLAP all the frickin' time! :P

Every bass player I know is slap happy, and it really is sad. They don't know how to do anything else, so it really starts to get ridiculous when they try to slap on every single song. You ask him to try something else because it's really not working, and he's totally lost. :(
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:55 am

My bass player and I are tight. We know that a certain look or nod means one thing or another. Make sure to cue off of one another and listen to what each of you are doing. If you keep it tight then you will lay down a great path for the rest of the band to follow. Peace!
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:07 am

What makes a good Bassist? someone who likes drums, someone who wants to play WITH them, not around or over or against them.
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:58 am

I would say that a good bassist would really understand the concept of playing in a pocket
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:50 pm

Someone who can count and split the responsibility of Time Keeper with the drummer. That is the key.

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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:56 pm

yeah i couldnt really agree anymore then with everything already posted on here. me and my bass player are really tight and have cue's for everything we play.
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:02 am

I think it's the same, no matter the instrument. Someone who listens, is sensitive, unselfish, grooving, easy to get along with and creative.
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Post Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:01 am

A true bass player should be in sync with the drummer at all times. If you kno a really amazing one(like I do,) they should be able to hop behind the kit and play a simple beat without ever drumming before. But that's a rare find, as long as the bass player knows how to play so it adds to or accents the drumming, yet still be original. they are a keeper
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Post Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:24 am

alwaysdrummetal wrote:they should be able to hop behind the kit and play a simple beat without ever drumming before

On that topic, I think one of the best things I ever did for my drumming was learn to play bass and gig on it occasionally. That way once I get done playing with a drummer who's either lacking or who's great to play with, I'll remember what I liked/hated about them and I can take that experience to the kit.

I think what really matters in a bass player is someone you get along with who has a total understanding of what the rythm section's responsibility is.
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Post Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:15 am

The advantage of playing in a largely electronics band - backing tracks, loads of synths and bass that never miss a beat :D
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Post Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:59 am

My bassist is the best bassist I know, but the problem was that he used to always try and go all out, but never calmed down to just really feel the music.
IMO for a bass player to go well with the drummer, he has to be able to feel the mood of the groove and play accordingly.
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Post Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:08 pm

someone who is musical enough to support the melody, rhythmic enough to play the pocket, and creative enough to blend the two together in a musical way.

some bassists seem to wanna stay away from matching the guitars so much that its like they're playing a whole other song. while some stick to the root note like its their religion.