The Bass Player

Understanding the Bass Player's Function in a Band

The bass player (That's me) has the most crucial role in the band. Everyone in the group depends on the bassist's subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) lead. If the guitarist or saxophonist makes a mistake, hardly anyone will notice, but if the bassist makes a mistake, everyone in the band and the audience will instantly know that something is wrong.
Looking cool
While the guitarists move through their aerobic exercises, dripping with sweat and smashing their guitars, you get to be cool. You can join in with their antics if you want. But have you ever seen footage of The Who? John Entwistle was cool. And, if you ever get a chance to see U2, check out their bassist Adam Clayton. He's one cool cucumber, too. Great bassists are just too busy creating fabulous bass lines to join in the antics of their band mates.
 
Hardware
Equipment
Guitars - Warwick Streamer $$ Double Buck Bass Guitar 5 String
               2 other Basses both a 5 string GT Ibanez & 4 string.
Amps -  My main amp is a Hartke VX3500 Solid State-Tube Bass Guitar Amplifier Combo, 350                Watts.
                        Have a small Spunky Trace Elliot combo I tend to use for practice.