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Beauty and the Bass: Eight Great Female Bass Players

Beauty and the Bass: Eight Great Female Bass Players

Leave it to the ladies to handle the bass with flair. Check out these eight pros who have stepped up to hold it down.

From jazz to metalcore, and just about everything in between, these eight artists boldly go where few women have gone … before, now or ever!

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Melissa Auf Der Maur is a visual artist first and a bass player second. It came as an unexpected, yet appropriate surprise that her second solo album, Out of Our Minds (2010), was released as a multimedia trifecta: a record, a comic and a film. This multidimensional project is the culmination of Auf Der Maur’s incredible artistic journey.

First, she attended a performing arts school from first grade through high school. She continued on to study fine-art photography at Concordia University in her native Montreal, Quebec. Finally, her transition from a visual artist to musician took place. She joined Hole after the death of bassist Kristen Pfaff in the early ‘90s.

After her five-year contract ended, Auf Der Maur played bass with Smashing Pumpkins for a year. Her latest album is just the cherry-on-top of her phenomenal career. Needless to say, this chick rocks!

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