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Baffled Bob 2
09-11-2011, 07:00 PM
Is there a musical or aesthetic reason why they always seem to stand on the left of the stage (from the audience's point of view)?

(This obviously doesn't apply to bass players that sing)

Blindingly pointless question I know, but I'm interested.

Polish Pete
09-11-2011, 07:25 PM
Hey Mr Bass Man. What is your name? My name is Colin Grigson and playing the bass guitar is my game.

SJ'sLoveMonkey
09-11-2011, 07:31 PM
Stanley Clarke, Mark King, Marcus Miller, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Larry Graham, Flea.

stange555
09-11-2011, 07:32 PM
Not always, bloke from Big Country stands stage left, audience right. As does the chap in the E Street Band. So I would say it's down to personal preference.

Kidofwonder
09-11-2011, 07:33 PM
someone told me bass players tend to stand next to snare to lock in with drummer.

SJ'sLoveMonkey
09-11-2011, 07:38 PM
Buddy Hankerson, Mark Adams

Shipsisourking
09-11-2011, 07:39 PM
I've always stood that side, don't know why, you do appear to be correct in this and now I'm intrigued as to why!

westsussexeagle
09-11-2011, 07:53 PM
Not always, bloke from Big Country stands stage left, audience right. As does the chap in the E Street Band. So I would say it's down to personal preference.

Jaco Pastorius always stood on the left (right from the audience). Nuff said.

palace64
09-11-2011, 08:00 PM
Jaco Pastorius always stood on the left (right from the audience). Nuff said.



talking of nuff alan lancaster always on the left

EddieEdwards
09-11-2011, 08:43 PM
The singer is the main front man, but for at least some of the time will share the front of the stage with the lead guitarist. The guitarist will tend to position himself stage left so that the neck of his guitar is pointing away from the singer when they're standing close together. So when the guitarist moves away from the singer, he will be stage left. The band will therefore look much better balanced if the bass player stands stage right, on the other side of the drummer.

Obviously not all bands have that classic four-piece line-up, not to mention that some guitarists are left-handed, but this typical scenario is why stage right has become the natural abode of the bass player.

Polish Pete
09-11-2011, 08:49 PM
First Guitar I ever bought. Fender Squire Precision. No matter how much I practiced I just couldn`t get the bass twang sound like the guy from Level 42.

Mr Statto
09-11-2011, 09:12 PM
I tended to be stage left when I played in a band at school many years ago. However, I seem to recall being stage right in the band at uni

West Kent Eagle
09-11-2011, 09:17 PM
someone told me bass players tend to stand next to snare to lock in with drummer.

I've always thought it was to do with this too.

SJ'sLoveMonkey
09-11-2011, 09:28 PM
First Guitar I ever bought. Fender Squire Precision. No matter how much I practiced I just couldn`t get the bass twang sound like the guy from Level 42.


It's called slap, started by Larry Graham and used by numerous funk luminaries since

AJ8
09-11-2011, 09:52 PM
Entwistle? :afro:

It's a pretty standard set up, since the left handed McCartney and the right handed Harrison stood either side of Lennon?

Palace Guard
10-11-2011, 12:25 AM
First Guitar I ever bought. Fender Squire Precision. No matter how much I practiced I just couldn`t get the bass twang sound like the guy from Level 42.
He uses really light gauge strings '30-50-70-90′

Chrissayy
10-11-2011, 12:37 AM
I play quite a bit of bass, tend to stand on left as most are right-handed drummers so you can follow the hihat easier. And slap is really eay to do once you understand how it works.