A bassist- short for 'bass guitarist' is the most underated musician in poular music. ordinary music fans generally just listen to the vocals and guitar while ignoring the bass, which is not really their fault, but the fault of crap bassists who dont play basslines, just root notes, and producers in the studio, who often compress songs so much that the bass is almost silent. bassists play the bass guitar, much like a guitar, but much bigger and based on the upright double bass. It is tuned one octave lower than the guitar and it usually has 4 strings and 21-24 frets, but you can get 5,6,8 and 12+ string basses and fretless basses to get differnt sounds out of the instrument. The Bassist is the band member that gets you dancin', (although you probably dont know it) and bassists play their instrument by picking, plucking with two to four fingers, slapping and tapping the strings. Many uneducated cretins believe that is 'just like a guitar, but its easier, cus you only have to play one string at a time... drool, slather...etc'. But in reality a good bassist lays down the groove, can walk all over the fretboard, and can lock with the drummer as part of the rythm section. Guitarists and singers may steal the spotlight, but the bassist is the one holding it all together. He is the musical glue, the perfect balance between the melody and the beat of the song. and pretty goddamn funky too.more...
some famous and talanted bassists include:
Les Claypool, ...
a drummer is one underated musician who plays the drumkit, and is part of the rythm section along with the equally underated bassist. The drummer holds the beat down, and the rest of band use him to keep time. Without him the entire band would collapse, although he never gets any credit for this. Drummers are stereotypically portrayed as moronic, ugly, stupid non-musicians, but this is not always true. (Sometimes it si though.) In reality, the worst thing most drummers have ever done to anyone is the live drum solo, almost as bad as the live bass solo, but most drummers steer clear of this.
guitarist- 'ahaha, you're a drummer, youre stupid and cant read music!'
singer- 'ahaha as well! you dumb me beautiful!'
bassist- 'screw you two, the drummers my best friend!'
drummer- 'im the one who organises gigs, provides the transport, cooks the food...etc. and keeps time for this entire band of numbskulls who can barely follow a bloody mertonome!'
guitarist- 'ahaha, you dumb!'
a background musician is a person who, without considering others, drums on every available surface constantly and poorly with his or her hands, or an inanimate object like chopsticks or pencils.
"No one asked that guy to drum on the counter with his thumbs, he's just a background musician."