2011 Bassist Of The Year

December 21 2011, 11:00 AM EST By Annie Zaleski

Bassist Of The Year

All Time Low's Zack Merrick (pictured far right)

"Zack doesn't get nearly enough credit for all of his hard work and talent." - Nicole Randolph, Helena, AL

Merrick's tips on being a successful bassist:

"One trick I've learned is to learn your scales all over your instrument. You can play a scale numerous times up and down the neck and it helps [you feel more comfortable] with fills and really improves your improvisational skills. Also, practice! Keep up on your chops. Thanks for the votes--I appreciate it."


Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides)

"A great musician. True to who he is." - Roxanne Hogben, Melbourne, Australia

Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance)

"He's very dedicated to not making mistakes and really knowing what he's doing." - Caitlin Timms, Queensland, Victoria, Australia

Mark Hoppus (Blink-182)

"The bass wall of doom had my ears ringing from Tuesday till Sunday." - Sid Bhaskara, Charlotte, NC

Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco)

"His presence when he plays the bass is lovely." - Kaitlyn Meininger, Clinton Township, MI