Bass Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bass quotes, bass sayings, and bass proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Bass guitar is the engine of the band.     

Suzi Quatro

The bass, no matter what kind of music you're playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full. When the bass stops, the bottom kind of drops out of everything.     

Charlie Haden

The bass is the link between harmony and rhythm. It is the foundation of a band. It is what all the other instruments stand upon, but it is rarely recognized as that.     

Victor Wooten

The absence of a bass player always makes things go faster and hit harder in the high-end range.     

Mark Lanegan

Bass players are always the intellectual kind, but nobody knows it.     

Stanley Clarke

A bass should sound like a bass with the thump of the finger against the wood, like it began with stand up.     

Suzi Quatro

Sometimes one of us will have a riff or a bass line from home but it really gels when we come together. We really have a strong special chemistry that we take advantage of when we get together.     

Chad Smith

A bass player has to think and play like a bass player. A drummer has to play and think like a drummer, and stay out of the way of the vocalist. The guitar player has to respect everybody else.     

Hunter Hayes

A good bassist determines the direction of any band.     

Ron Carter

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

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

Mike Gordon

Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move.     

John Densmore