Who´s your favorite bass player?

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Tom Sklenar

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I have a simple question, which is just mentioned above. Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

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I have a simple question, which is just mentioned above. Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

Tom Sklenar

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Well, maybe I should say something about my favorites.

When I started play bass 13 years ago, my band No.1 were Iron Maiden. So there´s no surprise that for a long period of time was (and still is) my bass hero Steve Harris. At the beginning, it was totally incomprehensible for me to understand his playing skill. Through the time I´ve learn many songs from Iron Maiden among others, and what´s the surprise, when I realize that I can play similar like him.

In time, when my music horizon get wider, more bass players influenced me a lot. From rock music I have to mentioned Patrice Guers (Patrice Rondat, Rhapsody of Fire), whose playing is fantastic, but I have to mention also jazz bassists such as Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter and Marcus Miller.

Despite this, Steve Harris is certainly the person, who influenced me at most. So he will probably remain as my No.1 bass player forever :)

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Well, maybe I should say something about my favorites.

When I started play bass 13 years ago, my band No.1 were Iron Maiden. So there´s no surprise that for a long period of time was (and still is) my bass hero Steve Harris. At the beginning, it was totally incomprehensible for me to understand his playing skill. Through the time I´ve learn many songs from Iron Maiden among others, and what´s the surprise, when I realize that I can play similar like him.

In time, when my music horizon get wider, more bass players influenced me a lot. From rock music I have to mentioned Patrice Guers (Patrice Rondat, Rhapsody of Fire), whose playing is fantastic, but I have to mention also jazz bassists such as Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter and Marcus Miller.

Despite this, Steve Harris is certainly the person, who influenced me at most. So he will probably remain as my No.1 bass player forever :)

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I really like Jaco Pastorius. The way he plays and especially how he has shaped the bass playing. Great player

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I really like Jaco Pastorius. The way he plays and especially how he has shaped the bass playing. Great player

Tom Sklenar

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JP is awesome. I am learning A portrait of Tracy right now. It´s an incredible composition.

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JP is awesome. I am learning A portrait of Tracy right now. It´s an incredible composition.

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Of rock bassists, it's a toss up between Geddy Lee of Rush or Chris Squire (RIP) from Yes. On the jazz side of things, I'd have to go with Stanley Clarke. I'm a big fan of the fusion stuff he's done through the years. Marcus Miller is fantastic too.

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Of rock bassists, it's a toss up between Geddy Lee of Rush or Chris Squire (RIP) from Yes. On the jazz side of things, I'd have to go with Stanley Clarke. I'm a big fan of the fusion stuff he's done through the years. Marcus Miller is fantastic too.

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Originally Posted by: Tom

Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

Fun question!

I've seen a ton of great bass players. Guys that are jaw dropping good. In small clubs over the decades I've been fortunate to see Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten (w/ Bela Fleck), Jimmie Johnson (w/ Allan Holdsworth ), tons of other jazz & blues guys.

On the rock big stages I've seen Geddy (Rush! :D), Flea, Sheehan & tons of other giants of bass.

But when I think about my favorites, I start to think about who's bass style or lines influenced me. When I play bass or write a bass line for a song, who I am chasing? These guys!

James Jamerson. Mr. Motown. All those great Motown hits, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder's golden years. Funny thing is that I heard & copied his bass lines long before I learned who he was, since he was a session guy & not "one of the guys on the stage".

Paul McCartney. The early Beatles stuff is a master class on how to play pop rock bass. Always melodic, while always keeping the rhythmic pulse.

John Paul Jones. His influence is all over what I love to hear, play & write for in blues-rock & heavy rock. And he wrote the riff to "Black Dog"!

Honorable mention to Louis Johnson. Whenever I think of a funk bass line or try to do something like that my first point of reference is Johnson, the guy who made Michael Jackson's early solo albums so funky & danceable.

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Originally Posted by: Tom

Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

Fun question!

I've seen a ton of great bass players. Guys that are jaw dropping good. In small clubs over the decades I've been fortunate to see Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten (w/ Bela Fleck), Jimmie Johnson (w/ Allan Holdsworth ), tons of other jazz & blues guys.

On the rock big stages I've seen Geddy (Rush! :D), Flea, Sheehan & tons of other giants of bass.

But when I think about my favorites, I start to think about who's bass style or lines influenced me. When I play bass or write a bass line for a song, who I am chasing? These guys!

James Jamerson. Mr. Motown. All those great Motown hits, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder's golden years. Funny thing is that I heard & copied his bass lines long before I learned who he was, since he was a session guy & not "one of the guys on the stage".

Paul McCartney. The early Beatles stuff is a master class on how to play pop rock bass. Always melodic, while always keeping the rhythmic pulse.

John Paul Jones. His influence is all over what I love to hear, play & write for in blues-rock & heavy rock. And he wrote the riff to "Black Dog"!

Honorable mention to Louis Johnson. Whenever I think of a funk bass line or try to do something like that my first point of reference is Johnson, the guy who made Michael Jackson's early solo albums so funky & danceable.

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Tom Sklenar

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Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Tom

Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

Fun question!

I've seen a ton of great bass players. Guys that are jaw dropping good. In small clubs over the decades I've been fortunate to see Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten (w/ Bela Fleck), Jimmie Johnson (w/ Allan Holdsworth ), tons of other jazz & blues guys.

On the rock big stages I've seen Geddy (Rush! :D), Flea, Sheehan & tons of other giants of bass.

But when I think about my favorites, I start to think about who's bass style or lines influenced me. When I play bass or write a bass line for a song, who I am chasing? These guys!

James Jamerson. Mr. Motown. All those great Motown hits, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder's golden years. Funny thing is that I heard & copied his bass lines long before I learned who he was, since he was a session guy & not "one of the guys on the stage".

Paul McCartney. The early Beatles stuff is a master class on how to play pop rock bass. Always melodic, while always keeping the rhythmic pulse.

John Paul Jones. His influence is all over what I love to hear, play & write for in blues-rock & heavy rock. And he wrote the riff to "Black Dog"!

Honorable mention to Louis Johnson. Whenever I think of a funk bass line or try to do something like that my first point of reference is Johnson, the guy who made Michael Jackson's early solo albums so funky & danceable.

Your list of names is great. Some of them are obvious for me, some of them less. Thanks for mentioning Louis Johnson. I am quite surprised, that I met many people, or better said many bassists and musicians, who don´t know him. According to me, his style and playing is fantastic. And I have to agree with you about his basslines in Michael Jackson´s albums.

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Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Tom

Who´s your favorite bass player? Doesn´t matter on the music style. For what reasons is he/she your favorite?

Fun question!

I've seen a ton of great bass players. Guys that are jaw dropping good. In small clubs over the decades I've been fortunate to see Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten (w/ Bela Fleck), Jimmie Johnson (w/ Allan Holdsworth ), tons of other jazz & blues guys.

On the rock big stages I've seen Geddy (Rush! :D), Flea, Sheehan & tons of other giants of bass.

But when I think about my favorites, I start to think about who's bass style or lines influenced me. When I play bass or write a bass line for a song, who I am chasing? These guys!

James Jamerson. Mr. Motown. All those great Motown hits, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder's golden years. Funny thing is that I heard & copied his bass lines long before I learned who he was, since he was a session guy & not "one of the guys on the stage".

Paul McCartney. The early Beatles stuff is a master class on how to play pop rock bass. Always melodic, while always keeping the rhythmic pulse.

John Paul Jones. His influence is all over what I love to hear, play & write for in blues-rock & heavy rock. And he wrote the riff to "Black Dog"!

Honorable mention to Louis Johnson. Whenever I think of a funk bass line or try to do something like that my first point of reference is Johnson, the guy who made Michael Jackson's early solo albums so funky & danceable.

Your list of names is great. Some of them are obvious for me, some of them less. Thanks for mentioning Louis Johnson. I am quite surprised, that I met many people, or better said many bassists and musicians, who don´t know him. According to me, his style and playing is fantastic. And I have to agree with you about his basslines in Michael Jackson´s albums.

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Paul Goddard, Atlanta Rhythym Section

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Paul Goddard, Atlanta Rhythym Section

Tom Sklenar

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Originally Posted by: stevelankford313

Paul Goddard, Atlanta Rhythym Section

Why is he your choice?

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Paul Goddard, Atlanta Rhythym Section

Why is he your choice?

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Well let's see, not sure i have a good edgemacated answer for that. Just seemed like some of those songs were built around Paul's bass lines. Angel, Help yourself, Solo at 6:14 on Another Man's Woman are worth a listen. The speed and those high notes would give me chills. Dude seemed so unassuming on stage, but when he would cut loose it could get serious. Just a regular guy that always comes to mind when i think of Kick Ass Bass!

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Well let's see, not sure i have a good edgemacated answer for that. Just seemed like some of those songs were built around Paul's bass lines. Angel, Help yourself, Solo at 6:14 on Another Man's Woman are worth a listen. The speed and those high notes would give me chills. Dude seemed so unassuming on stage, but when he would cut loose it could get serious. Just a regular guy that always comes to mind when i think of Kick Ass Bass!