one who plays, well or not, the bass guitar.
she is a bassist.
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N. 1) A person who plays the bass guitar or the stand up bass (aka. double bass, contra bass, bass violin).
2) A person who used to play the guitar and decides that playing the bass is essentially the same as playing guitar. Many times these are simply 'bass players' and not bassist's. Not to say that crossing over is wrong or that all who do predominantly suck, but that one must BE a bassist not just play the bass.
3) One who studies the art of music utalizing the bass as a medium. One who learns music on bass/f clef first.
4) Bassist's are quiet, laid back, and quirky in nature. Many times the bassist is the most humble guy/chick in a band due to the role of the instrument. Bass is the anchor of music along with drums, although bass is often audibly more subliminal.
God is a bassist
Jesus plays drums
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A bassist is a musician who plays either stand-up bass or the bass guitar. He/she provides the rhythmic and harmonic foundation to a song, and is found in most any type of music, including jazz, rock, heavy metal, salsa, classical, funk, and even hip-hop.

Due to simplistic and unimaginative musicians taking over the rock mainstream, the bassist is often looked at as the guy in the background thumping along on the E-string, playing root notes and doubling the rhythm guitar. Anyone who thinks this cannot rightly be blamed; after all, there are so many "I play 4 notes per song and contribute nothing" bassists out there such as Paul Thomas, Brent Wilson, Pete Wentz, and David Desrosiers (to name a few) that the instrument hardly gets any recognition among casual music fans. The aforementioned, however, are actually not bassists but something called "failed guitarists" who had too much trouble with bar chords but decided they wanted to be in a band anyway, and switched to bass. Such "musicians" have no business being in the same category as Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, Flea, and even nu-metalers like Fieldy and Ryan Martinie who gave something to music.

What goes unrealized is how the right bassline, played by a true bassist and not just a failed guitarist, can make an otherwise average song extraordinary.
Person 1: Hey, I can't even hear the bassist in this song.

Person 2: Yeah, because he's just playing the root notes and the producer tuned him out because his timing sucks anyway.

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Person 1: Dude, the bass in this Primus track is sick!

Person 2: Yeah, Claypool is a truly awesome bassist.
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A musically inclined person who, instead of being a showman (like most guitarists, but not all) is more the pure musician along with the drummer, the pianist, and the mandolin player, the "musician in the group.

But the main job (this, coming from a bass player) is to translate the languages between the guitarist and the drummer, for they speak two totally different languages.

And popular to popular opinion, the bass player does not usually create the rhythm or even state it for the guitarist to play along with, it is the drummer that does that in most circumstances. The bass player in most occasions adds to that rhythm and makes it more complex, or creates a bas(s)is for drum solos.
Guitarist: Dude! I am the leader of this band.
Drummer: *obscure mumbling*
Guitarist: What'd he say?
Bassist: He said you're a douche, dude.
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the very heart and soul of any band
without him/her any rock band is no more
then a boy band with Marshall half stacks
they usually use a combonation of finger
picking,slapping/popping,and picking to get their orgasmic sound that makes the crowd jump,along with the drummer the bassist is the sexiest member of the group and thereby usually ends up with the most groupies...or a hot girlfriend.Oh, and a quick side note;recent archeological digs have proven that not only did jesus and budah play bass,so did Zeus.
OMG,that bassist is sooooo sexy,i want him right now!!!
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1.usually the bassist is the quiet one that co-writes most of the songs. they are generally tall, to seem propotionate to their bass. they generally have a large stance while standing, large hands, and long, skinny, callused fingers. they usually have to work for weeks and months to make the calluses and their fingers bleed before the calluses have fully formed during shows. but they don't care.

2. the person that glues the entire song together. the bassist keeps the rythm, along with the drums, and usually is the one that helps the guitarist to count and keep the rythm of the song during a solo. bassits generally don't get solos, but when they do, their amazing
pete wentz and christian linke are good bassists who can also sing.

a person who crosses over from guitar to bass is not a bassist, they are a bass player
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The member of the band with the largest genitalia.
Person #1: Dude, have you seen Billy's junk? That thing is monstrous!
Person #2: No surprise there; he's a bassist.
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