For many of us it is the time of year when friends and relatives ask what they can get us for Christmas. Always a tricky question for a bassist. The request for that latest custom-built signature bass of your very own never quite seems to hit the mark, so I thought I’d hunt around for some alternatives.
So far, these are things that I have previously received, or suggested:
- Musical Mugs – more of the themed variety, than actual noise making ones. They tend to be a little cheesy. How about a simple affair with notes on or a bass cleff? Just so people know you are a bassist, even when you are sat drinking your favourite hot drink.
- Gear carrying bag or a soft gig case – There always seems to be more ‘stuff’ than bags. There are some nice, not too expensive, soft cases around. Protect those pedals or that amp.
- A tuner – a good one that works well with a bass, rather than getting confused.
- Fingerless gloves – if you do outdoor gigs, in colder climates, you’ll know the value of these.
- A nice strap – according to taste and budget.
- CDs – good bass-inspiring music of course. Check through the blog for recommendations.
- Tab/sheet music – chosen carefully, this can be vocabulary expanding stuff, in the musical sense.
The only other good list I found was on Rockband.com. Apparently the right gifts for a bassist are: ear plugs, a cleaner/polish kit and a watch (you’ll have to read the post to see why). Oh, and the worst gift? A keyboard, apparently!
I’m wondering if we are held back by the unspoken rule of presents :- that people shouldn’t buy you something practical or that you would have purchased for yourself. Hey! I’m a bassist, I’m easy! Strings are good.
What bass-related gift would like to receive or would you recommend?