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Is it because bass is really easy to play?
It's not a cliche in this case... she just happened to fit the bill. And is well talented.
But guitars are cock extentions. So it's a bloke thing more.
That's also why women can't park. Too busy playing bass.
It's so the singer's g/f can be in the band.
when i've played bass in a band it's been in an all-girl band which confuses everything a little bit.
There is something in the girlfriend being in the band thing but it only really applies to girl bassists in hotpants that can't actually play.
along the same lines - boys are usually singers cos all the other boys fancy them and want them to have their hands free for a big cuddle.
no its a physical thing. women prefer low-end sounds and tones compared to men. this is a proven scientific truth.
tuba players then?
more's the pity.
i.e. straightforward to do it to a basic standard but that does't mean you can't tell when someone's very very good at it (which obviously doesn't have to mean slap-bass)
cos i was good at guitar hero and 'looked good'. i think it is because girls can rock in high heels, or whatever the nme said.
that women have a more ingrained rhythmic sense, perhaps due to childhoods spent dancing to pop, perhaps due to some conditioned "lady-like" gracefulness. And playing the drums is a bit too much of a testosterone fest, so bass is the preferred option
you could also argue that i'm talking out of my wang
bass is for girls
[hopes moribund doesnt see this]
dodgy ground here!
Any female bass players reading this, please get in touch.
we all spent our childhoods dancing to pop, and nothing but pop. every last minute.
what's wrong with pop, huh? And lots of little girls like to dance
Coz they have smaller hands, and for certain chords especially barre chords, its a bit awkward to play (I have small girly hands, so I know). Most bass playing just needs fast hands rather then big hands.
and I think someone said it up there, men want the lead roles because men are pathetic and egotistical. Girls are happy to just be there so will take on the least popular instrument if it means they can join.
Size of hands? Thats ridiculous and hilarious!
Female attention-seekers exist just as much as male attention-seekers in my experience.
Not to say there isn't an element of truth in what you say but also I suspect it's as much a cultural thing as anything else - i.e. still relatively few teenage girls (compared to teeange boys) learn guitar and hence, by the time they reach late teens/early twenties and want to join bands they probably would need a good two or three years to get up-to-speed to be good guitarists whereas it's quicker to learn bass up to a reasonable standard.
is very true.
Amalgamate your thread and mine and you have my actual view if some thought is applied.
I was expecting to find at least one sexist comment in this thread. And there it is, in the original fucking post. For supposedley liberal indie fans, there is alot of sexist shite spouted on these boards.
I just got back from a really good rape.
bass and guitar and drums (all to about the same level i spose). They are all about the same level of difficulty I would say but require different sorts of strength/agility/stamina - for example...you need endurance for drums! strength for bass (especially if play chords on the bass (not that i do very often!)) and agility for multi-fret guitar chords.
as opposed to the smaller, more feminine one.
THE RIGHT ANSWER
As Suzi Quatro once said, playing the Bass Guitar gives women "special vibrations"...
Know what I mean? Eh? Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
if you sit on the amp....
It's pretty much the reason why little girls like horses pretty much as soon as they go thru puberty.
Same as why the cello is played that particular way.
If they're one mile away, and they really want to play enough, their arms will simply grow the distance.
so I can masturbate over the cover.
i caved in and listened to them this week, its pretty cool for being like 20 minutes
surely mile-long arms would mean mile-long handjobs meaning that you could get a handjob from a minger and still cum.
Just saying what everyone was thinking. Well I was anyway. Ban them, and their shit Cat derived band names (oooh coz, like catz R so feminine, and the word pussy is related to cats).
Nothing. That just slipped out.
HAS to be a good thing...
;) - safetywink.
is this a thread that someone started just to get all the twat-blokes in one place?
(winky wink etc etc whateveR)
Why, yes it is.
PS in the interests of gender equality I should point out my feelings extend to make acoustic singer-songwriting too. It's just a form of music that everyone thinks they can do but, when it comes down to it, few can do it well. And there's nothing music-wise I hate more than being subjected to a bad acoustic singer-songwriter)
particularly thinking of your post there...
sometimes i don't know if people are being sarky or if they 'mean it' and are just total durr-brain-fuck-wits.
Singer-songwriters are far too prevalent and trying to find a good one is like searching for gold needles in poo-hay.
same as bands really but i guess it's easier to be a solo performer....
Julia from Million Dead.
and piano, but that's kind of irrelevant. ANYWAY -- i think girls become bass players as most of the time, they know some guy who plays guitar and wants to start a band. bass is usually a good second choice -- occasionally, you'll find a few female drummers, too.
nowadays, i find myself playing guitar or keys in bands far more than i do bass. i have a fender jazz bass and i'm quite tiny (i'm only 5'0!) so i always look hilarious with a giant jazz bass that's nearly taller than me!
when i was younger, i wanted to be just like justine frischmann! :)
as bassist already had girl drummer, guitarist and singers....
bass was last choice for everyone!
are good at fingering
very few men have the neccessary levels of "groove" to pull it off.
i can't be bothered to infuriate myself with the rest of this thread BUT there is a whole academic book written in answer to this question. i know because i saw it on jessica hopper's blog a few weeks back.
Is it horseshit though?
After all, there's no way to properly verify whether lots of females actually do plump for bass compared to other instruments or whether it's just perception. And it's certainly not the case that the electric bass is the most popular instrument for girls - at least in schools, where you can actually assess instrument take-up. That's actually the flute. Followed by... yes, the guitar, then the violin.
the person that wrote it explored whether it was perception or FACT. if they had an ounce of sense. but as i haven't read it or thought much about the topic, i cannot say.
because our male guitarist is jealous of me skillz
It's a different ethic.