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16 Bass Guitarists quizzes and 170 Bass Guitarists trivia questions.
  The Low-Down on the Best Bassists!   best quiz  
Collection Quiz
 10 Qns
On July 1, 2020, "Rolling Stone" published a list of "The 50 Greatest Bassists of All Time". The list was not published based on the artists' skill or genre, but on their overall impact and contribution to the creation of music.
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Feb 10 24
ponycargirl editor
Feb 10 24
164 plays
  Famous Female Bass Players   great trivia quiz  
Collection Quiz
 10 Qns
Many great female bass players have made significant contributions across various genres and eras. Regrettably, their names frequently remain overlooked and underappreciated. How many do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, wellenbrecher, Feb 14 24
wellenbrecher gold member
Feb 14 24
198 plays
  Sorry, I'm Only the Bass Player   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Not usually as well known as guitarists or singers, bassists a vital part of any rock band. As a fan of classic rock, my favorite bands are those from the 60s and 70s. Can you name the bass guitarists from some of the most successful bands of this era?
Average, 10 Qns, Reamar42, Feb 02 24
Reamar42 gold member
Feb 02 24
230 plays
  Bass Blue Bloods    
Collection Quiz
 10 Qns
See if you can identify the ten bassists on the list. Several of these musicians could play multiple instruments, but their main success and fame involved strumming the four-string. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, BigTriviaDawg, Feb 11 24
BigTriviaDawg gold member
Feb 11 24
202 plays
  Low-end Heroes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Name the Bass Player
Bass players are often overlooked in rock bands, but their talent really deserves more attention. This quiz revisits a few of them in no particular order, a sequel of my guitarists quiz. Enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, Gispepfu, Mar 01 24
Gispepfu gold member
Mar 01 24
104 plays
  Bassists of Rock    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz highlights the most overlooked member of the typical rock band: the bassist. The format is simple. I'll name the bassist, you choose the band they played for.
Easier, 10 Qns, Geniusman101, Feb 01 19
Feb 01 19
674 plays
  Bass Players in the Music World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sure, everyone knows the lead singer or the guitar player in the band. But, who really knows the bass player? Well, here's a quiz to test your musical knowledge of the forgotten member of the band. Good luck and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, betben, Dec 04 19
Dec 04 19
3905 plays
  Name The Bass Players II    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here is a follow up quiz to 'Name The Bass Players'. These are a little harder, I think...
Average, 15 Qns, walkabout, Jun 30 23
Jun 30 23
1380 plays
  Name That Bassist    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you don't think it's fair that a guitarist almost always gets more credit, more money and more women just because they have two extra strings, this is the quiz for you. Get ready, because we're about to play Name That Bassist!
Tough, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Feb 23 08
guitargoddess gold member
552 plays
  Name The Bass Players    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Name the famous bassists "bassed" on the clues given!
Average, 10 Qns, Walkabout, Nov 08 10
1510 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Who played the bass for AC/DC?

From Quiz "Bass Players in the Music World"

  All things Bass Guitar    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Bass guitar is the most noble of all popular music instruments. How much do you know about the mighty bass and the people associated with it?
Average, 10 Qns, vunit66, Sep 04 20
Sep 04 20
197 plays
  Famous Bass Players    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a short quiz on some famous bassists in the music world.
Average, 10 Qns, Devils15, Oct 02 10
532 plays
  Who's that on Bass, then?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I thought it might be fun to create a quiz that celebrates the work of some famous bass guitar players. After all, Bass is now cool!
Tough, 15 Qns, DumbarJim, Feb 06 16
308 plays
  Bass Players    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers a variety of bass players in musical styles ranging from jazz to rock and roll.
Difficult, 10 Qns, wmshipman, Feb 23 08
948 plays
  Covering All The Basses    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A short quiz about those musicians who hold down the bottom-- the bass player. Mostly rock players, with a couple of curves throw in.
Tough, 10 Qns, EddieDrums, Nov 21 12
195 plays
  Famous Bassists    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz testing your knowledge on the bassist of mainly heavy metal bands.
Average, 10 Qns, The_Bell_Tolls, Feb 18 20
Feb 18 20
479 plays

Bass Guitarists Trivia Questions

1. Who was the bass player for the Canadian rock band Rush?

From Quiz
Sorry, I'm Only the Bass Player

Answer: Geddy Lee

Born Gary Lee Weinrib in North York, Ontario, Canada on July 29, 1953, Geddy Lee joined the band Rush, led by his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, in 1968. Lee is known for his original and sometimes unorthodox technique on the bass, and was also the band's lead vocalist and keyboard player. The group officially disbanded in 2015.

2. Who is the legendary bassist for Black Sabbath?

From Quiz Famous Bass Players

Answer: Geezer Butler

Geezer also played bass for Heaven and Hell until the tragic passing of Ronnie James Dio.

3. How many strings has a standard bass guitar?

From Quiz All things Bass Guitar

Answer: 4

The Warwick 'Vampire B0 Dark Lord' tunes to a low F#: a note so low it is on the very margin of human hearing. F# is more than a full octave below the lowest note (an 'E') of a standard bass. That's some bowel-rattling bass!

4. Who played bass for Our Lady Peace on all the studio albums they've recorded from "Clumsy"(1997) to "Healthy in Paranoid Times"(2005)?

From Quiz Name That Bassist

Answer: Duncan Coutts

Duncan Coutts was actually the original bassist for OLP when Mike Turner put the band together. He left the band before they recorded their first album "Naveed"(1994). Chris Eacrett played bass for that album, but then left the band and Duncan rejoined.

5. Which band did the legendary John Entwistle play bass for?

From Quiz Bassists of Rock

Answer: The Who

Entwistle is considered by many to be the best rock bassist of all-time. He was nicknamed "The Ox" because he tended to stand still on stage. Fellow Who member Pete Townsend even considered Entwistle the lead guitarist, because of his melodic lines. Entwhistle passed away in 2002, but his influence will always live on.

6. What was the name of 'Mötley Crüe's bassist? (not his original name)

From Quiz Famous Bassists

Answer: Nikki Sixx

Gene Simmons is the bassist of 'KISS', Brian May is the guitarist of 'Queen' and Tommy Lee is the drummer of 'Mötley Crüe'.

7. What accomplished acoustic bassist teamed up with violinist Mark O'Connor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma to record the critically acclaimed "Appalachia Waltz" album?

From Quiz Bass Players

Answer: Edgar Meyer

Meyer also explores a unique amalgam of folk, bluegrass and classical music with Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall on his 1997 album "Uncommon Ritual".

8. Above and beyond my regular duties as a bass player and backup vocalist, I am The Ox WHO wrote and performed the popular song "Boris The Spider". I died 27 June, 2002.

From Quiz Name The Bass Players

Answer: John Entwistle

A musical genius in his own right, Entwistle played second fiddle to the monster egos of Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, and Roger Daltry in The Who. His death came on the eve of a new tour set to launch in Las Vegas. The surviving members (Daltry, Townshend) continued with the tour after a short postponement, stating that Entwistle would have insisted on it.

9. Who was the bass player for The Who?

From Quiz Bass Players in the Music World

Answer: John Entwistle

One of the pioneers of rock bass, John Entwistle was with The Who for over 38 years. He died in 2002, a day before The Who started touring. Pino Palladino filled in for John Entwistle and did an excellent job on such short notice.

10. Chris Squire was an English bass player, famous as a founding member of which progressive rock group?

From Quiz Sorry, I'm Only the Bass Player

Answer: Yes

Christopher Russell Edward Squire was born in London, England in 1948. He was a founding member of the band Yes in 1968, and was the bassist and only original member to appear on all of the band's albums until his death from leukemia in 2015.

11. This Florida-born bassist got his start playing with Pat Metheny and then playing with other diverse acts such as Weather Report, Ian Hunter, Joni Mitchell and Flora Purim. Who is this man who redefined the bass guitar?

From Quiz Covering All The Basses

Answer: Jaco Pastorius

Born in 1951, his self-titled 1976 release, "Jaco Pastorious" is regarded as one of the finest bass recordings ever put out. His drug and alcohol use led to an increasingly erratic behavior in the early 80's. He'd also been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, but continued to play and record. Tragically, he died in 1987 after injuries sustained from a bouncer in a South Florida nightclub. He had kicked in a glass door after being turned away and was severely beaten and left in a coma before passing away.

12. This bassist for the band Dokken was also in the movie "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg.

From Quiz Famous Bass Players

Answer: Jeff Pilson

"Rock Star" also featured Zakk Wylde and Jason Bonham. It was written by John Stockwell, who starred as Dennis in the movie "Christine".

13. Who was known as 'The Ox' and played bass in The Who?

From Quiz All things Bass Guitar

Answer: John Entwistle

John was a pioneer of the distorted, busy bass sound which influenced every rock bass player from Geddy Lee to Billy Sheehan.

14. Who took over bass duty in Metallica when Cliff Burton died?

From Quiz Name That Bassist

Answer: Jason Newsted

Burton joined Metallica in 1983, as the replacement for their original bassist Ron McGovney. Cliff was killed on September 27, 1986 in Sweden when the band's tour bus skidded off the road. He was thrown out the bus window and then crushed by the vehicle when it landed on top of him. The driver of the bus claimed to have hit a patch of black ice; however, it was suspected that he had been drinking. Jason Newsted was Metallica's bassist from 1986 until 2001, and Rob Trujillo was selected as his replacement in 2003.

15. Chris Squire played bass for this progressive rock supergroup.

From Quiz Bassists of Rock

Answer: Yes

Here's an interesting fact : Chris Squire is the only member of Yes to appear on every one of their albums. While Yes isn't the most popular group out there, some great Squire basslines can be found in a lot of their songs.

16. The bass player for The Rolling Stones?

From Quiz Bass Players in the Music World

Answer: Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman left The Rolling Stones in December of 1992. The Stones still haven't found a permanent replacement for him.

17. John Entwistle was the bass player for which British rock group?

From Quiz Sorry, I'm Only the Bass Player

Answer: The Who

John Entwistle was born in Middelsex, England in 1944. Both his parents played instruments, and Entwistle learned to play the piano and the trumpet as a youth. He formed the group The Detours, with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend, in 1962, and after several name changes and the addition of drummer Keith Moon, the band became The Who in 1964. John Entwistle played bass and contributed songs for the band until his death in 2002.

18. This bassist is a jazz player. He composed many famous jazz standards but is best remembered for 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat'.

From Quiz Who's that on Bass, then?

Answer: Charles Mingus

What can you say. He was a genius composer, player, band leader and arranger. Many likened him to Duke Ellington. He died in 1979 at the age of 56 and will be sorely missed.

19. This bassist has played with Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake.

From Quiz Famous Bass Players

Answer: Rudy Sarzo

Rudy has authored a book about his time with Ozzy Osbourne. He is currently the bassist for Blue Oyster Cult.

20. Jack Bruce played bass with which supergroup?

From Quiz All things Bass Guitar

Answer: Cream

Jack was a classically trained cellist and once said he'd love to work with Christina Aguilera.

21. Which member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays the bass?

From Quiz Name That Bassist

Answer: Flea

Flea, born Michael Balzary, has been the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers since the band's formation in 1983. He is most known for his funky slap-bass technique, but he has also acted in several movies, including "The Big Lebowski"(1998), "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"(1998), and "Psycho"(1998).

22. Which Southern band did Berry Oakley play bass for?

From Quiz Bassists of Rock

Answer: Allman Brothers

Berry's bass playing style helped define the Allman Brothers' distinct instrumental sound, especially when they played live. Unfortunately, and perhaps ironically, Oakley died because of a motorcycle accident in 1972, very close to the Georgia location of Duane Allman's tragic crash a year earlier.

23. Clifford Lee Burton was Metallica's...

From Quiz Famous Bassists

Answer: Second bassist

Metallica's first bassist was Ron McGoveny but he was fired before '83. Cliff played on albums 'Kill 'em All', 'Ride the Lightning' and 'Master of Puppets'. But tragically, on September 27, 1986 he died in a tour bus crash in Sweden. Jason replaced him.

24. To my credit, I have played with some of the most successful "progressive rock" acts in existence, including Peter Gabriel, Genesis and King Crimson. Don't mistake me for Arsenio Hall, my fingers aren't as long as they seem.

From Quiz Name The Bass Players II

Answer: Tony Levin

"Funk Fingers", or "Chapman Sticks", are what he wears on his fingers. Tony Levin began using these devices while recording the "So" album with Peter Gabriel. Levin credits Gabriel with the idea.

25. Who played the bass for AC/DC?

From Quiz Bass Players in the Music World

Answer: Cliff Williams

Cliff Williams has been with AC/DC since 1977. Mark Evans played bass on their first album "High Voltage".

26. This English bassist was the driving force behind Pink Floyd from 1965 until he left the band in 1985. What is his name?

From Quiz Sorry, I'm Only the Bass Player

Answer: Roger Waters

Born in Surrey, England in 1943, Roger Waters' father was killed at Anzio, Italy in 1943 when Roger was five months old. Raised by his schoolteacher mother in Cambridge, he met his future bandmates while attending architecture school. He and Syd Barret formed Pink Floyd, along with Nick Mason and Richard Wright, in 1965. Waters was the bassist, main songwriter, and sometime vocalist for the group until he departed in 1985 and embarked on a solo career.

27. This bass playing member of the jazz quartet "Fourplay" has also recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Toto, and Joe Satriani. He co-wrote the number one hit song "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins and Philip Bailey. Who is he?

From Quiz Covering All The Basses

Answer: Nathan East

Nathan was born in Philadelphia, Pa, but raised in San Diego, CA.

28. American Idol judge Randy Jackson once played bass for which band?

From Quiz Famous Bass Players

Answer: Journey

Randy is also an acclaimed music producer.

29. Lemmy from Motorhead is famous for playing which revolutionary make of bass guitar?

From Quiz All things Bass Guitar

Answer: Rickenbacker

Rickenbacker produced the world's first solid bodied electric guitar: the "Frying Pan". Lemmy chose the Rickenbacker bass for its looks.

30. Who was the bassist in the Beatles?

From Quiz Name That Bassist

Answer: Paul McCartney & Paul & McCartney

Paul was mainly a bass player throughout his career, but for his first solo album "McCartney"(1970), he played every instrument used in the recording, as well as sang lead vocals.

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