I thought I’d share this short video called Bassists Look too Bored that I stumbled upon today. Based on the title alone I figured it would get my back up but I it’s pretty funny actually. I especially liked the part about being told to stay out of the singer’s ‘space’ on stage – not that I can relate or anything!
My bass idols starting out were guys like Jason Newsted and Cliff Burton – neither of whom could be called ‘boring’ bassists, and so I did my best to move around and have fun on stage as well.
Here’s the video:
I’d love to hear what you think of this video – are you guilty of any of the problems mentioned in this video?
I never did actually talk to the drummer during performance, but I would go back and ‘rock out’ with him regularly. For one thing, I’ve always found it challenging to talk and play at the same time unless the bassline was extremely simple to play. Rocking out with the drummer would ‘amp’ him up as well and help to start up some infectious energy; so if the band needed a kick in the pants, I would do things like that.
Jumping off the stage was another good way to get everyone into it. My brother Mark – pretty much the only drummer I ever played with – had a pretty telling comment after one particular show where I left the stage and got into the audience. I had screwed up a part when I did it and he said something along the lines of “it’s okay to make a mistake if you’re putting on a show for the audience”.
Maybe that’s part of why some bassists are too bored on stage? They want to be note perfect and don’t want to risk moving around, tripping on a chord and messing up their part? Or are they just in bands that they don’t like playing boring music and are in fact bored themselves?