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Post subject: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:11 am
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I don't know if it has been discussed here before or not (quick search didn't turn up anything) but I keep finding myself being subconsciously lured in by female bass players.
I guess I've always held a fascination with chicks holding down the low end but is anyone else as enamored with the likes of Carol Kaye, Tina Weymouth, Kim Deal, Paz Lenchantin, D'arcy, Catherine Popper? Esperanza Spalding?
Is it just me or seeing Paz with that P-bass in high heels....


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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:59 am
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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:36 am
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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:41 am
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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:51 am
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....and of course Rhonda Smith!

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I wonder if we'll problably see this chick cradling one of those all-new Elite Jazz Basses on stage....


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Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:48 pm
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Two thumbs up for Tal. But Carol Kaye is it when it comes to my respect. What she accomplished will never be repeated. Those days have gone. Glad she's still with us and puts up with me for a lesson now and again.

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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:33 am
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Paz is awesome, as are ALL of the ladies mentioned! Carol Kaye is just genius... but let's not also forget Melissa Auf Der Maur! Redhead playin a P-Bass... oh my!

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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:07 am
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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:50 pm
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Plug for my former work-mate Mikko Watanabe who has quite a touring resume too. I have to agree with comments in the current "Bass Player" though -- maybe we now need to just thing in terms of bass player. I'm finding a lot of terrific women in all areas of guitar music these days and I think we'll have really made it when I don't anymore hear someone making a special effort to say "she" or "her" when attached to "played the s&&t out of it last night ..."


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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:22 pm
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...and the PC police have arrived.
Can't a dude like WOMEN anymore?


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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:39 pm
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swerve wrote:
...and the PC police have arrived.
Can't a dude like WOMEN anymore?

Women like to be liked! :D

However, as a woman, hearing someone say "woman <whatever>" feels like either:
(a) someone is surprised that a woman is as good at <whatever> as she is
or
(b) someone is saying, "well, you just can't expect as much, since it's a woman doing it"
It's like, "why did they have to call out that it's a woman?"

Yeah, yeah, I get that these attitudes are not as prevalent as they used to be, but they are still around.

Does it really matter whether the bass player is a woman or a man? Sure, a feminine sensibility MIGHT bring something a little different, but isn't how good someone is what really matters?

The thing that I do take some exception to is how pics of female players are almost always made as sexy as possible. I will grant that pics of male performers are also made to be sexy, but there's just the legacy of using women as sex for selling.

R - E - S - P - E - C - T! :D

OK, time to get off my soapbox. :)
(And for those of you who don't know me, while I do get on a soapbox occasionally, it's really about making music and having fun.)
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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:04 pm
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Slidewaysracing, I expected you to show up here!

Female musicians, apart from singers and keyboard players, are scarce around here, but that's due to the conservative culture in this small town. I was in a steadily gigging band with a lady drummer, and my current combo includes a killer lady percussionist, but I don't remember ever seeing a woman with a bass (guitars are different because we have a large colony of singer/songwriters -- but electrics are rare).

Me, I welcome anybody into my group, based on our needs and their taste matching up with our material.

We're five pieces (percussion, electric guitar, bass and two vocalists) with three women and two men. I DO have an objection to a woman playing bass in this group, though: that's MY slot! :D


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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:22 pm
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slidewaysracing wrote:
swerve wrote:
...and the PC police have arrived.
Can't a dude like WOMEN anymore?

Women like to be liked! :D
Does it really matter whether the bass player is a woman or a man?


Hi Shirley! No, it doesn't matter. Can you hear gender on an instrumental recording? Or race? No, you can't. Rock On! 8)

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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:26 am
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Me'Shell Ndegeocello should be included here. She can be amazing.


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Post subject: Re: Female Bass players
Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:07 am
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UT oh Dave. I don't think you can say "she" anymore.
Try "that person", or "that particular human" is quite proficient in their abilities and in no way stimulating anything other than my auditory senses.


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