I thought it'd be fun to start responding to some of the MYRIAD of questions posed in the comments section. Carol submitted a question about irritating persistant rumors that dog us as women bassists (eg we "are born with a credit score of 345" and "drink bathtub gin") so I thought I'd address the top few that seem to get bandied about, at least when I'm in the room. In all seriousness, when I'm making music, I'm not really thinking about the fact that I'm a girl - just that I'm a bass player.
We don't know anything about gear: darn tootin'. Anyone who knows what kind of strings they use changes them too often, anyone who ACTUALLY knows what those knobs on amps do has too much free time (why are there ever more than 3 knobs on those things anyway?), and people who can wrap a cable perfectly are either techs or virgins or both
We can be wooed/impressed with any of the following statements:
- "I always say, chick bassists are hot"
- "Oh hey, you know who also has a woman bassist? That band Vixen" (or whatever other bobo-ass band they can think of)
- "I figure a lot of women choose the bass because it's easier than guitar" (direct quote from Robert Plant to me)
We don't know jack about music theory: Ok, look - I went to music school. I did well in music school. Who gives a sh*t