Bass Guitar is a low frequency guitar that often has four strings. Bass players often go unnoticed and overcompensate by creating a false perception of how the rest of the world views the bass guitar.
Just The Facts
- The bass guitar is a four or five stringed instrument used to round out the sound of a full band.
- Due to low supply, a bass player will always be able to find work.
- No one will remember the work they did.
- The bass player is often regarded as "the sexy one" of the group.
- One of those facts is a lie.
Types of bassists
Over-Energetic Pop Punk Guy
This bassist plays an average of four notes per song and out of what we can only assume is pure unadulterated boredom, does everything short of back flips into the audience while he is on stage. Either that, or he has come to accept that no one pays attention to bass in a song and snorts energy drinks with a pixie stick straw before every show until the world looks like an 80's cartoon. At which point, he proceeds to jump around to the rock music the way he did what he was 6.
Too Cool for School Rock and Roll Bassist
This bassist has more difficult parts to play and requires at least moderate talent in order to carry a tune. He mainly draws his powers from his ability to bob his head forward like a mute Quagmire desperately trying to get out a single "giggidy."
In terms of phallic symbols, bass > guitar
Made Entirely Out of Hair Metal Bassist
The most complex bass playing on this list goes to the metal bassist. While he may be parroting the guitar riffs, those riffs are far more difficult to execute on the bass. What makes him all the more impressive is how he plays these riffs while swirling his glorious head of hair around. Not that standing still would help him see the frets any easier since he can't see through his mane of rock-locks.
Might-As-Well-Be-Nonexistent Bassist from Any Other Genre
These pop/country/R&B bass players stand in the back, occasionally get blocked by amps or smoke machines, and play their little part without moving a muscle. No one will ever know their names, but you can rest assured they work far less and make far better money once they realized that if you can't be the singer, you might as well be the bassist.
Wait, there's a fish in my band?
Common questions you'll hear as a bassist
"So, can you, like, introduce me to the singer?"
"Is your guitar easier to play since it's bigger?"
"Are you with the band?"
"Did you drop your pick?"
"Can you stand more to the behind me?"