Myth 1 – playing bass is boring
Although it is the guitarists who seem to get all the glory and glory, many guitarists are all show and no substance. The bassist is one of the most important members of a band. Without the bassist, the music lacks the drive. Most people may think that it is the drummer who drives the song. While the drummer creates the beat, it is the bassist who drives the music. It's the bassist who makes people dance. Playing bass is anything but boring. It's exciting and gives you a great feeling when you see people dancing and having fun.
Myth 2 – No talent required
Some of the most talented musicians of the past 50 years have been bassists. Not many people would think that Paul McCartney or Sting had no talent. How about John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) or maybe John Entwistle (The Who) or Mark King (Level 42)? These are only a few players who had talent in spades. Yes, it is true that the bass guitar is a simple instrument to start with, and there are songs that only need to play one or two notes, but playing the bass guitar requires a lot of talent, determination and hard work. Try to play the bass line of Hysteria (Muse) or Roundabout (Yes). Just try everything from Jaco Pastorius or Stanley Clarke. No talent required? I do not think so!
Myth 3 – Nobody listens to the bassist
Listen to John Deacon playing Another bites into the grass (Queen) or Roger Waters on money (Pink Floyd). How about Bernard Edwards on Good times (Chic) or Norman Watt Roy play Hit me with your rhythm stick (Ian Dury and the fools). What would any of these songs be without the bass part? There are many, many songs that revolve around the bass line. People are listening to the bassist, they may not be aware of it.
Myth 4 – There is no demand for bassists
Many people who learn a stringed instrument pick up the guitar because they believe that they will become the next famous rock star. As a result, there are millions of guitarists. However, there is a real lack of good solid bass players. Musicians know how important a good bassist is to their music. Learn what makes a good bassist. Learn your craft well and you will always be in demand.
Myth 5 – You need a lot of heavy equipment
Yes, that used to be the case, but modern bass machines are much lighter and more compact than before. You can now buy a 500 watt bass amp that you can hold in one hand. Loudspeaker boxes are also much smaller and lighter these days. Since the introduction of lightweight neodymium speakers, there are many good-sounding speakers that can be carried with one hand.
These are just a few of the bassist myths. If you want to play bass, do not listen to the negative comments, just do it! Follow this wish and discover for yourself how satisfying it can be to play bass.