What! No magazines for bassists

What's Hot
RockerRocker Frets: 2703
Surprised to find no magazines for bassists in Easons, Dublin. Dozens of guitar and music magazines on sale but none for bass.

Perhaps if we made more noise on stage.....


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Comments

  • Seymour1Seymour1 Frets: 47

    Issue is either with the store or distributer. Similar issues in UK where some branches of WH Smith stock Bass Magazine, a smaller number also have Bass Player (US magazine) and many stock neither.

    You've got the option to subscribe tho' of you want some reading material:


    http://www.bassguitarmagazine.com/subscriptions/

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Wouldn't a magazine for bass just repeat the same, simple phrase all the way through? ;) 

    (I'm joking of course. I still can't play anything on anything that could be described as better than shit!)

    My Trading Feedback    |    You Bring The Band

    Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you
    2reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32248
    Wouldn't a magazine for bass just repeat the same, simple phrase all the way through? ;) 

    (I'm joking of course. I still can't play anything on anything that could be described as better than shit!)
    Beat me to it... I was going to say that it would have the same four pages printed over and over, in very large print :).

    Sadly Guitar & Bass Magazine - which was the best of the surviving guitar magazines, for me - is now just The Guitar Magazine. I see they do have some bass content, but it's still a bit disappointing that they're apparently turning their back on what should be about a quarter to a third of their readership.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • prowlaprowla Frets: 977
    It's been years since I bought a magazine.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    Wouldn't a magazine for bass just repeat the same, simple phrase all the way through? ;) 

    (I'm joking of course. I still can't play anything on anything that could be described as better than shit!)
    I'm only replying cos if I didn't you'd be disappointed in me ;)

    Playing a simple root note bass line = easy

    Playing a simple root note bass line in time = less easy

    Playing a good sounding, not overly complex bass line which adds musically to the song = fairly easy

    Playing a good sounding, not overly complex bass line which adds musically to the song in time  = fairly hard

    Playing a bass line of any description with subtlety, where each note is considered in it's context and brings the bass out as a lead instrument in parts = pretty hard

    Playing a bass line of any description with subtlety, where each note is considered in it's context and brings the bass out as a lead instrument in parts in time = hard

    I thought I could play in time when I just played guitar. When I started bass, I was introduced to a whole world of what in time really meant. 

    A lot of guitarists would benefit from playing some bass to understand what being in time actually means....


    See, there's plenty of stuff above to fill a magazine with. Let's face it, most guitar magazines are an endless repeat of PRS reviews, why old Gibson's are fantastic, and "how to set up your strat trem", with a few pages of blues pentatonic technique thrown in. ;)
    1reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 2reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Bridgehouse said:

    I'm only replying cos if I didn't you'd be disappointed in me ;)

    Playing a simple root note bass line = easy

    Playing a simple root note bass line in time = less easy

    Playing a good sounding, not overly complex bass line which adds musically to the song = fairly easy

    Playing a good sounding, not overly complex bass line which adds musically to the song in time  = fairly hard

    Playing a bass line of any description with subtlety, where each note is considered in it's context and brings the bass out as a lead instrument in parts = pretty hard

    Playing a bass line of any description with subtlety, where each note is considered in it's context and brings the bass out as a lead instrument in parts in time = hard

    I thought I could play in time when I just played guitar. When I started bass, I was introduced to a whole world of what in time really meant. 


    Sounds like one big metronome advert.


    2reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438

    Sounds like one big metronome advert.


    Since playing bass, I reckon my timing ear has developed quite a bit. 

    Most people would hear someone playing to a metronome or click track and say "that's in time", but I'd probably say "Nope.. slightly before or after the beat"
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32248
    I once told a quite good bassist that I loved his dub-reggae-like, slightly-behind-the-beat feel, which I assumed was intentional. It wasn't. He didn't think it was a compliment...

    It was absolutely consistent though!

    :)
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
    1reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3247
    ICBM said:
    dub-reggae-like, slightly-behind-the-beat feel
    What's he smokin', boy?
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2348
    Bridgehouse said:

    Let's face it, most guitar magazines are an endless repeat of PRS reviews, why old Gibson's are fantastic, and "how to set up your strat trem", with a few pages of blues pentatonic technique thrown in. ;)
    I was going to give you a Wisdom when I remembered I haven't read a guitar magazine in 30 years. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    JezWynd said:
    Bridgehouse said:

    Let's face it, most guitar magazines are still an endless repeat of PRS reviews, why old Gibson's are fantastic, and "how to set up your strat trem", with a few pages of blues pentatonic technique thrown in. ;)
    I was going to give you a Wisdom when I remembered I haven't read a guitar magazine in 30 years. 
    I've fixed my original post here to be relevant for you... ;)
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1051
    JezWynd said:
    Bridgehouse said:

    Let's face it, most guitar magazines are an endless repeat of PRS reviews, why old Gibson's are fantastic, and "how to set up your strat trem", with a few pages of blues pentatonic technique thrown in. ;)
    I was going to give you a Wisdom when I remembered I haven't read a guitar magazine in 30 years. 
    Kind of reminds me of Jimmy Carr's joke about what Slough was like 30 years ago...
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 4957
    edited August 2017
    I've bought exactly one guitar magazine ever. Fender and Gibson wankfest and a metric fuck ton of adverts. Won't bother again. 

    My Trading Feedback    |    You Bring The Band

    Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you
    1reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    I've bought every single guitar magazine ever. Fender and Gibson wankfest and a metric fuck ton of adverts. Won't bother again. 
    FTFY 
    3reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14790


    Were you looking on the right shelves???
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10748
    4 strings, 5 frets, root notes.

    They don't need a monthly magazine, they need an A5 crib sheet with 40 point text.
    1reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32248
    axisus said:
    4 strings, 5 frets, root notes.
    Why would you need five frets? That note is the same as the next string up.

    :)





    Actually I do the opposite, which is to play mostly on the E and A strings, and very occasionally on the D… I just find it sounds better and I have small hands so moving is easier than stretching usually.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    I'm doing this bass thing all wrong. 90% of my playing is on frets 3-15.

    Balls.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10748
    ICBM said:
    axisus said:
    4 strings, 5 frets, root notes.
    Why would you need five frets? That note is the same as the next string up.

    Wow ............. Man, you have just blown my mind ...........
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    axisus said:
    ICBM said:
    axisus said:
    4 strings, 5 frets, root notes.
    Why would you need five frets? That note is the same as the next string up.

    Wow ............. Man, you have just blown my mind ...........
    See, a magazine could do a 4 pager on this alone..
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3247
    axisus said:
    frets
    ... are for wimps. ;)
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15438
    axisus said:
    frets
    ... are for wimps. ;)
    If my basses didn't have frets I'd spend all my time fretting about it.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • martmart Frets: 2759
    axisus said:
    frets
    ... are for wimps. ;)
    If my basses didn't have frets I'd spend all my time fretting about it.
    You should clearly fret less.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Sign In or Register to comment.