Wowza I can get off-topic pretty quick. More on my bass sentiments later.
OK so here is the funny stuff I got from urban dictionary on bassists.
they are generally tall, to seem proportionate to their bass (this made me giggle). they usually have a large stance while standing, large hands (yeahhh), and long, skinny, callused fingers.
a person who crosses over from guitar to bass is not a bassist, they are a bass player.
The bass is more or less the instrument that makes the girls shake their booty.
Many bassists are classically trained or inclined (this is true).
That bassist is really groovin'
Bassists like...Les Claypool (Primus) have the ability to outshred and outplay even the best guitarists (props to Les Claypool-I love thee).
Comparative to guitar, a bass is much harder to play because of a wider neck and more pressure needed to be applied to the neck (I gots strong hands!). Those who are impressed by guitar players tapping...don't be. It is much more difficult on bass because it takes strength to sound the notes while you can barely touch the string on a guitar and it will sound the note. No matter what technique used on the bass guitar, it is always interesting to watch a good bass player.
A bass player is a musician, and should be held in the same esteem as all other musicians.
Guitarist: Dude! I am the leader of this band.
Drummer: *obscure mumbling*
Guitarist: What'd he say?
Bassist: He said you're a douche, dude.
Due to simplistic and unimaginative musicians taking over the rock mainstream, the bassist is often looked at as the guy in the background thumping along on the E-string, playing root notes and doubling the rhythm guitar. Anyone who thinks this cannot rightly be blamed; after all, there are so many "I play 4 notes per song and contribute nothing" bassists out there such as Paul Thomas, Brent Wilson, Pete Wentz, and David Desrosiers (to name a few) that the instrument hardly gets any recognition among casual music fans. The aforementioned, however, are actually not bassists but something called "failed guitarists" who had too much trouble with bar chords but decided they wanted to be in a band anyway, and switched to bass. Such "musicians" have no business being in the same category as Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, Flea, and even nu-metalers like Fieldy and Ryan Martinie who gave something to music.
What goes unrealized is how the right bassline, played by a true bassist and not just a failed guitarist, can make an otherwise average song extraordinary. ---props to the guy that wrote that definiton. he pretty much sums it all up while bashing fallout boy simultaneously. bravo.
Many uneducated cretins believe that is 'just like a guitar, but its easier, cus you only have to play one string at a time... drool, slather...etc'.
Anyway. I know that was a lot definitions from a dictionary site that isn't an actual dictionary site, and I don't expect you to have read them all. However, if you will do me the favour of reading the last big, long one and the one after that, you will know how it is.
I like that the uneducated cretin was drooling.