Getting back in to bass, looking for a new solo

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by glowinghamster4, Jan 26, 2014.


  1. glowinghamster4

    glowinghamster4

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    Hello all!

    I've noodled around for years now, but between work and school bass has unfortunately had to take a back seat for a while. Unexpectedly, I suddenly had an opportunity to start playing with this new band, so I've been scrambling for weeks to get my chops back into shape. I'd really like a specific song to work on, slap, or whatever, just to help keep the motivation to improve myself. Example, I spent a while getting "the awakening (reddings/claypool)" down, and thinking something along those lines. Anyone here have any favorites to recommend? :help:
  2. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

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    Not trying to bust your chops, but, when you join a band you play the songs the band plays. I know this is a new band and may not have a gig book yet, but, instead of picking songs willy nelly see what they are thinking about using. Work on their stuff. I bet the guitar will have sheet music on everything they are thinking about. Get copies and get in the shed.

    Good luck.
  3. Journey55

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    Tommy the cat by primus is a hard one
  4. jbalou02

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    Pino Palladino's bass solo in "Murder" by David Gilmour is NOTHING like what you are looking for but its awfully fun, one of my favorites from way back.
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  6. punkjazzben

    punkjazzben Supporting Member

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    Find some JS Bach - you can get a book for of Bach stuff arranged for electric bass (with tabs included). That'll give your left and right hands a good workout, building endurance and strength, as well as improving your overall fluency on the instrument.

    And, FWIW, IMO, (blah blah), slap bass is at best a secondary ability for most gigging bassists these days. Don't waste too much time with it.
  7. glowinghamster4

    glowinghamster4

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    I've got their music pretty much down, its nothing too intense. I'm just looking for things to work on personally to get myself better as a player separate from that. I've actually been looking at a couple Primus songs Journey, and tommy the cat is about 75% there. That stuff is fun, but its just 1 or 2 riffs and the song is done, ya know? I do agree with you Ben that slap is sadly a secondary thing with a lot of modern music though. I've previously worked on Bach's Cello Suite #1, that's definitely a workout. Trying to get that one back into shape as well, and that's more or less like what I'm looking for. Anyone have any other finger picking favorites?
  8. Journey55

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    Panic Attack by Dream Theater is another, albeit longer piece
  9. markjsmithbass

    markjsmithbass Supporting Member

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    Joe Frazier by Bill Bruford with Jeff Berlin on bass is a good one to work on. Not too technically difficult but forces you to concentrate

    And if you want a bit of a workout try this Jaco fingerpicking out:

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