Bass player vs bassist?

Is there a difference between a “bass player” and a “bassist,” or are they completly interchangeable? For some reason I tend to refer to someone playing an upright bass as a bassist, but someone playing a bass guitar as a bass player… is that just me?

Bored at work and curious to see how people feel about this.

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umm I think it’s you :rofl:

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It’s the same thing as far as I know. I’ve never heard any differently, or even thought about it… until now.

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“Bassist” sounds more formal/classical/something to me. Like “flautist.”

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So, James Galway is a flautist and Ian Anderson is a flute player? :laughing:
(Just kidding)

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Maybe!

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That is my thinking too.

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Sounds like and means are two different things, I think they are the same.

Or we can take it in another direction, and disregard what I just said

Maybe a Bassist is someone who makes a living playing the bass, or plays professionally (paid gigs) even if just part time.

And us enthusiasts and hobbyists are Bass Players.

There are many arguments for both sides I am sure.

Great conversation starter @BassFaceDisgrace

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I think as far as the definition of those words go they are interchangeable.

As far as connotation goes I agree with the general direction the conversation is going: bassist sounds a bit more professional/formal than bass player.
I still doubt a bassist in an orchestra would mind being called a/the bass player.

Calling a bassist a guitarist… now that may rustle some jimmies :wink:

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I reckon they are one in the same.

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