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What's your opinion? Should the bassist be heard or stay behind the guitars?

linkinpark232
Posts: 1584
I hate playing stuff like Acdc because the bass lines are so boring and hidden behind the guitar. To me a bassist should be allowed to show off some and not just backup the guitar because we're just as important. I mainly play Marilyn Manson and Mötley Crue and that stuff is fun, there's lots of fret movements, different riffs, and the bass can be heard easily. Yes you can hear it on bands that use the bass as a backup but it's a whole different thing, for example: RHCP and some random metalcore band. Those two just can't compare bass wise because Flea is just crazy and he does his own thing, just not backup like Motionless In White or All That Remains. And yes I know, horrible comparison, but you surely get the point
Sidsquishus
Posts: 1499
Bassists, like children, should be seen and not heard.
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
The bass doesnt ‘Back Up’ the guitars, the bass along with the drums form the Rhythm section and provide the driving beat to build the song on. The days of the bass player being the fat bloke at the back are long since gone and as long as it fits the song, let the bass shine on
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
The bass doesnt ‘Back Up’ the guitars, the bass along with the drums form the Rhythm section and provide the driving beat to build the song on. The days of the bass player being the fat bloke at the back are long since gone and as long as it fits the song, let the bass shine on
Zaresht
Posts: 17
The bass player should be heard and seen,especially in high school .Because it aint fair when the guitarist takes all the credit and fame.
bass freak
Posts: 320
It all depends on what type of band you are in or what bands you listen to. Hooky from Joy Division & New Order never sits behind the Guitar, he is almost another Guitarist. He's upfront man!!!
I mainly play Marilyn Manson and if you listen to him, you'll hear that the bass is really important I'm keeping rhythm in verses and bridges and all that good stuff
bigroo
Posts: 1
Takes all the instruments including the bass to make the band. Some songs require a very active bass line and some don't.It's the bass and drums that make the bodies move not the lead guitar.
Well it depends on the band. For example, Rush, Motorhead, Tool, and Dream Theater have very active and intricate bass lines, where as you have bands like Def Leppard that don't use a lot of bass. me personally, I like being heard as a bassist and show people what the true potential of this wonderful instrument.
I agree 100% and have you seen Rush live? Just wondering
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
I've seen Rush live, Bingley Hall, Stafford, 9th November 1981, last leg of their Moving pictures tour, I remember every minute

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