Simple bass lines for beginners?
Looking for some suggestions for tunes/bass lines to combine with book work for new bassists. Tunes that everyone from bill paying mom and dad know to the student. Tunes they can play along with.
Stand By Me
Smoke On The Water
Walking blues/early rock n roll patterns
Know what I mean? It would be great to have a list of things I can draw from. I do ask them for suggestions as well and I'll work out the line, write it out, chart the changes and use that to teach more than the bass line.
Pretty much any U2
Running with the devil Van Halen
Maneater Hall & Oates
Cheers: A great great tune for me was "South Side of the Sky" by Yes. I still like to Jam that song today.
Stir it Up by Bob Marley. I love this song, and it's easy to play. Trust me, I'm a total bass newb!
If Not For You (Dylan)
Dirty Water (simple riff, easy chord pattern)
Or better yet Zeppelin II in its' entirety starting with the easiest stuff of course.
I Feel Good - James Brown
Baby Love - Supremes
Walking on the Moon - Police
Fly Me to the Moon - Sinatra (C scale and modes)
Might as well toss in Mustang Sally and Brown Eyed Girl and Play That Funky Music. A kid has to learn it sooner or later if they ever expect to break into the bigger festival party bands making the big money.
Great suggestions. Thanks!
come together- the Beatles
London calling the clash
no rain- blind melon
have you ever seen the rain-ccr
lovesong- the cure
brothers in arms- dire straits
the chain- Fleetwood mac
ramble on- Led Zep
summer in the city - loving spoonful
losing my religion- R.E.M
steady as she goes- the raconteurs
karma police-radio head
Anything by KISS as well.
Don't You Forget About Me -Simple Minds
Queen - another one bites the dust. I teach this song to beginners frequently, b/c it is so easy :)
Check out the 'simple bass songs' in the Bass Humor and Gigs forum. Lots of good ideas there...
"Green Onions" by Booker T and the MG's
Paradise by Sade.
The line is easy-ish. 2 bars - never changes.
Nailing it for 3:39 is the hard part...
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