Jaco Pastorius Quotes

Jaco Pastorius, is the maestro of the fretless electric bass guitar.

“Music is in the air; it’s my job to pull it out.” – Jaco Pastorius

“The secret to the sound is to drop the bass on the floor!” – Jaco Pastorius

“Music is the only thing keeping the planet together” – Jaco Pastorius

“I’m not a star. I’ll never be a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or a Ray Charles. I’m just an imitator, man. I’m doing a very bad imitation on the bass of Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Odum, Jimmy Fielder, Jimmy Blanton, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, Charlie Parker… the cats, man. I’m just backing up the cats.” – Jaco Pastorius

“I took the frets out of my bass after I was getting into jazz a lot and I wanted to have that upright sound.” – Jaco Pastorius
On why he played a fretless bass.

“It’s really easy to play harmonics, anyone can do it. It’s another thing to be able to swing, to make to make a band swing, to create a groove. Harmonics ain’t everything. Being able to play harmonics certainly does not make you a good bass player. Cleverness is no substitute for true awareness.” – Jaco Pastorius

“Women and rhythm-section first!” – Jaco Pastorius

“All you’ve got to do is keep your ears open. Most of my musical knowledge comes from playing experience.” – Jaco Pastorius

“I’m not a star. I’m just backing up the cats.” – Jaco Pastorius

“I never practiced a fretless ever, because the strings eat the neck up. So I would only play it on gigs.” – Jaco Pastorius

“A chimpanzee could learn what I do physically, but it goes way beyond that. When you play, you play life.” – Jaco Pastorius

“allow your right hand to move up the neck for different tones” – Jaco Pastorius

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