So, you’re a bassist, well get used to hearing a few of these.
Any Failed Guitarist Reference
There are some guys who got relegated to bass for sucking at guitar because their high school rock band just wanted someone to play root notes, this is true. But, not everyone is that guy. Hell, not even the majority, at least of competent bassists.
“slappah de bass”
Sigh….. we know you think you’re being funny, it’s just old. Same goes for any all about that bass reference.
So, can you play proper guitar?
Ok, sure a lot can, the skills aren’t exactly entirely non transferable, if you’ve learned one of course it will be easier than starting from scratch next time, but not everyone wants to play guitar. Odds are though you can probably play enough that non musicians will think you can play it, which just makes the whole thing more annoying.
Bonus points for if you can and then you’re asked why you wanted to play bass. Minus if you do actually prefer playing guitar, but, play bass because it’s harder to find a good bassist and then lie about it actually being your preference. You know who you are.
I couldn’t hear you at all
OK, this is annoying for 2 reasons, in one case the sound guy had you sow low even you were wondering what you were doing there, or the second being the guy saying this to you doesn’t actually know what he’s listening to and thinks unless you’re at the forefront of the mix jumping up and down like Flea then you’re not there.
Can you play Seinfeld?
Not only is this annoying and old it was played on a Korg M1 not even a bass. True this is more of a stateside issue. Anyone overseas, let us know if you have got an equivalent?
Just play the root notes
Look, sometimes, just hitting the roots is the right call, but surely that’s the bassists call, at least during the writing process. But, everyone knows the guitarist who needs to show off and really what he wants is backing musicians not a band. Bonus points if he’s not actually particularly good. In fairness this is normally from an inexperienced younger guitarist.
Why do you need more than 1 Bass?
This goes for guitarists too, but come on, it’s obviously for different sounds. And another bonus added on if you’ve got a 5 string or a fretless and comments on why you want/need one.
The pick, fingers, slap
So, it wasn’t so easy to directly quote for this one, but, you’re not a good/real bassist if you play in X way statement in general is obnoxious and shows a limited knowledge of music in general.
So, any we missed? Any you hear more than the others? Let us know!