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I'm a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar
by Adam Jones

I'm a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar
player and we've been in many bands.
- Adam Jones

Doing the stereotypical solo bores me.
- Adam Jones

I've always dabbled on guitar, but never took lessons.
- Adam Jones

When we played with the Rollins Band,
we'd keep songs going until we felt like ending it.
- Adam Jones

 

I'm not into solos, I'm into lyrics.
- Adam Jones

With four perfectionists in the band,
we have a hard time reaching perfection.
- Adam Jones

I haven't listened to much music lately;
I've been out of it.
- Adam Jones

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I seriously do not think Nirvana is grunge.
- Adam Jones

We wanted to take as much time and effort making the
video as we did the song.
- Adam Jones

If I play anything that sounds like a solo,
it's gonna sound like a lyric.
- Adam Jones

I'm not a good guitar player.
- Adam Jones

As far as the grunge thing, there are three bands from
Seattle that I would call true grunge.
- Adam Jones

But if you want to be in a band and write music,
then you should just be in a band and write music.
- Adam Jones

We have meetings with our record label to tell them how to market us.
- Adam Jones

We're more into expressing ourselves than making radio hits.
- Adam Jones

If you become addicted and a junkie,
well,
that's your fault.
- Adam Jones

I'm my own worst critic and I think everyone in the band is a perfectionist.
- Adam Jones

My approach is to be part of a band that makes music,
not hit songs.
- Adam Jones

The Melvins are grunge.
- Adam Jones

I played violin and got into that Suzuki program in the second grade.
- Adam Jones

All the art for Tool is done by the me and the band.
- Adam Jones

Many of the songs on Undertow were written at the time Opiate came out.
- Adam Jones

That's the thing I like about my sound.
It's real raw and very unsafe compared to a solid state kind of sound.
- Adam Jones

That's what I love about our music -
it'll never be a hit because you can't dance to it.
- Adam Jones

I'm not a geek about equipment, I just know what I like.
- Adam Jones

We could have gone with much bigger labels and more money,
but we wanted to go with a company that is LA based,
all in the same building, and really understands what the artists want.
- Adam Jones

I mean, Tool has a style, but we try to make all our
songs sound different from each other.
- Adam Jones

I personally don't like to use as many effects because when you play live,
something always goes wrong.
- Adam Jones

I listen to Helmet - and I love Helmet,
they're a great band - but every song sounds the same.
- Adam Jones

Different people get different things out of the images.
It doesn't matter what it's about, all that matters
is how it makes you feel.
- Adam Jones

I think putting labels on people is just an easy way
of marketing something you don't understand.
- Adam Jones

I use Gibson guitars; I prefer the Les Paul custom.
- Adam Jones

I have a record company starting.
It's called Flesh Records and I'm putting together music for porno movies.
- Adam Jones

I think people like Steve Vai are so boring.
- Adam Jones

I've never worried about how long the song is.
- Adam Jones

The way I play, I go through a set in a year.
So I put '58 Gibson Jumbo Bass frets on all my necks.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan

It's really hard for me to sing and play bass.
- Kim Gordon

I'm starting to play all the melodies with kind of
keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
- Tom Jenkinson

It's really important for the bass and the drums to somehow blend.
- Mike Gordon

I always got great respect as a bass player.
- Bill Wyman

I set myself up to be a bass guitarist and bass players
get a lot more work than people like me.
- John Entwistle

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll,
Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift.
So that's when Larry took over on drums,
and we needed a bass player.
- Neil Innes

In all the music that deals with experimental repetition,
drum and bass, dub, various kinds of house music,
there's always been a quality of atmosphere and ambience.
- Bill Laswell

I feel safe and comfortable to do that once I know
that the song structure around the bass part is very
interesting and it satisfies me in a compositional sense.
- Geddy Lee

There are a lot of people who can do it on the guitar
and sing at the same time,
but I think what is harder is bass players that can play the bass and sing.
- Graham Coxon

That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass,
and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together -
for me to play bass and for him to play guitar.
- Tom Araya

It wasn't until after private lessons and learning
bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I
was listening to at that age.
My ears were blown wide open.
- Trevor Dunn

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.
We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet,
a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford

I continued studying by myself in the field of jazz
with my own technique of improvisation,
walking bass lines, rhythms, all kinds of stuff,
which I created for myself.
- Miroslav Vitous

I recruited my dad to be my bass player and fired him on several occasions.
He stayed on as a bus driver.
- Chely Wright

I don't really know why I chose bass except that it
was different than guitar.
- Trevor Dunn

I like the guitar better these days.
I like the bass, too, but it's hard to fit a bass amp in a small car.
- Dee Dee Ramone

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos,
acoustic bass and it's a dead standard,
you are going to play very differently.
It depends on the music.
- Lee Ritenour

I ended up gettin' a little Gibson amp and a bass,
because of Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Myself and three other kids would pretend to be Kiss -
I liked Gene the best.
- Jason Newsted

I am more of a solo bass player and he needed somebody who would keep the role.
- Miroslav Vitous

I got heavily into the drum-and-bass scene,
which is really wicked.
- Ajay Naidu

Because Larry, by then, was a drummer,
who would sort of get bored and tired,
and rather stand up and blow kisses to people.
So we needed the bass to sort of drive along.
- Neil Innes

With bass, especially bottom end, the vibration has
to happen on stage otherwise the feel is wrong.
This is why you can't scale the equipment down too far.
- John Entwistle

At the time, I didn't know that bass would not be enough for me.
I'm not a bass player because bass is always a background
instrument even to this very day.
- Eberhard Weber

The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.
- Mike Gordon

But people are now realising why I was playing bass with Hendrix.
- Noel Redding

There's a couple of tracks on the new record which
is sort of using similar sort of rhythms as the drum
and bass tracks but playing it all live.
It's a new approach to it.
- Tom Jenkinson

When I first began to write, I was writing on bass,
because I was thinking more Public Image,
more dub.
- Gavin Rossdale

I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of
strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
- David Byrne

Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me.
I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream.
- Geezer Butler

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked
closer with the bass than most players.
- Gerry Mulligan

I think the future looks great for music,
musicians, bass players, and all we love about music.
- Billy Sheehan

I'm always interested in mixing technology and music.
You know, maybe I'll have a MIDI bass pickup at some point,
I don't really think that's the direction I would want to go.
- Mike Gordon

So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact
that the bass player could not play his instrument.
- Miroslav Vitous

The bass player's function, along with the drums,
is to be the engine that drives the car...
everything else is merely colours.
- Suzi Quatro

I wasn't originally a bass player.
I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.
- Tina Weymouth


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