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Bass heaven, bass hell

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Bass heaven - bass sounds, techniques, lines, specific players whatever that make you go aaaahhhh!!!

Bass hell - ditto the above that make you go aaaarrrrgh !!!

But just one nom for each .For starters...

heaven - the whole of the bass line on Forget Me Nots. It's all there for me; tone, phrasing, feel, the whole kit n' caboodle

hell - trebly galloping basslines

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Heaven - Drummers who can play and understand the relationship between drum and bass.

Hell - Drummers that can't count, can't play in time, follow the vocals rather than beats or time and make it up as they go making it different every time.

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Heaven- tommy cogbill, duck Dunn, chuck Rainey.

Hell- slappity slappity slappity slappity, especially on gear demos. 

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50 minutes ago, scalpy said:

Heaven- tommy cogbill, duck Dunn, chuck Rainey.

Hell- slappity slappity slappity slappity, especially on gear demos. 

Yessssss

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Bass heaven Bob Babbitt.

Bass hell - Marcus Miller slapping on a Jeff Healey performance of See the Light.

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Bass Heaven - chest-rattling lows, that new string zing, simple basslines which give the song life, intricate basslines which which give the song life

 

Bass Hell - when slap meets pop and it makes a sound which is heard, look-at-me-I-can-play-lots-of-notes-all-the-time

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Bass Heaven - Irresistible fat syncopated grooves 

Bass hell - 12 Bar Blues

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Bass heaven - Instrument at waist height.

Bass hell - Instrument at chest or knee height.

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Bass heaven: Listening to a great bass player 

Bass hell: Listening to me try and play the bass 

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Heaven - humbucking pickups

Hell - single coil pickups (so that rules out F****r [DUCK] :ph34r:)

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22 minutes ago, BassBus said:

Heaven - humbucking pickups

Hell - single coil pickups (so that rules out F****r [DUCK] :ph34r:)

Just to be pedantic, technically the split precision pickup is a humbucker.

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Heaven- tasteful playing that suits the song,  inventive sounds that are supportive to the mood of the song and provide movement towards the next part. Chunky necks on a p bass. Bc rich. Passive basses

 

Hell- 'look at me' playing, showboating in an inappropriate point of a song.  Victor Wooten . Jazz basses and j pups without anything else. Boutique basses that are just copies of other mainstream instruments. Active basses- 

 

 

 

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Heaven - really locking in with the drummer and creating fantastic dynamics.

Hell - pentatonic walking / galloping basslines. Never ever liked playing them. Theyre designed to make you dance, relax and move, but i cant play them without being frozen to the spot. Never enjoyed playing songs like that.

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21 hours ago, Linus27 said:

Heaven - Drummers who can play and understand the relationship between drum and bass.

Hell - Drummers that can't count, can't play in time, follow the vocals rather than beats or time and make it up as they go making it different every time.

Holy Mother of God, this plus about a billion. Very fortunate at the moment to be playing with a pro drummer who is just on it the whole time. Makes my job a delightful breeze. But when you get a drummer who is, er... less than stellar, it makes bass playing a dreadful, miserable ordeal.

Obviously trying to migrate to Europe in a flimsy rubber dinghy with no food or water after your family has been killed by government forces is a lot worse, but we're talking bass playing here...

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Bass Heaven - Finally bringing home from the shop the bass you've been dreaming of for months and plugging it in for the first time

Bass Hell- The following day when you're bored of it and already looking for something else.

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3 minutes ago, bonzodog said:

Bass Heaven - Finally bringing home from the shop the bass you've been dreaming of for months and plugging it in for the first time

Bass Hell- The following day when you're bored of it and already looking for something else.

And that is the very definition of GAS. :D

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Bass heaven - High powered amp you can carry with one hand.

 

Bass hell - Fender twin for guitar in a small bar.

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Bass heaven: Tight grooves with the rest of the band (whether other bands or my own)

Bass hell: YouTube soloists

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Bass heaven: backing up to a wide roller door which opens to reveal the back of the stage and willing helpers waiting to lift your 8 X 10 from the back of your car

Bass hell: Narrow door miles from the carpark. Stairs.

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