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Songs to learn how to play that no one will recognize

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bassistcali, Mar 13, 2014.


  1. Bassistcali

    Bassistcali

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    Songs that no one recognizes when people are tired of you playing the same deluge of songs every time you play
     
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    And your question is?
     
  3. dreads311

    dreads311

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    Squeeze Me Macaroni by Mr. Bungle. You'll get plenty of confused looks and blank stares. You'll feel like a champ for pulling off the bass line, tho.
     
  4. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

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    Chromatic Fantasy Jaco style!
     
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  6. russpurdy

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    are you wanting some good songs that nobody will recognize?
     
  7. Raf Seibert

    Raf Seibert

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    It's true that it's good to add new material to your repertoire to keep it interesting, don't overlook that your fans like to hear their favorites. Yes, again. Did you ever go to a concert where an old favorite group decided to concentrate exclusively on new material? Weren't you disappointed that they didn't perform your favorites?

    You will get tired of playing your usual deluge before they get tired of hearing it. Now, you do need to add new material, but little by little.

    Raf
     
  8. Chainsaw Willie

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  9. dreads311

    dreads311

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    Stars by Hum is one of my favorite "unknown" songs to bust out now and again. Nobody really knows it but they always enjoy it.
     
  10. bkbirge

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    I suggest working from this fine catalog of hits...
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Milk

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    I'm pretty sure that over half the songs i've learned to play in my life would be recognized by very few people.

    The thing is on bass, even some basslines from very famous songs still sometimes get you blank stares.... its frustrating as a bassist. Its like really? no one else but bass players pay attention to basslines? Damn.... By experience, recognized bassliens are usually because either its basically the lead part of the song (the bass IS pretty much the song) or there a part in the song, usually the intro, where the bass is almost on its own.

    Good example, Sweet child of mine. Play that song on bass starting with the intro, everyone will know it. Play the song but skip the intro... now see how many know it...
     
  12. sobie18

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    Something by Nine Inch Nails maybe?
     
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Play anything surf style.

    Hey, Los Straitjackets does "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic) and it works!
     
  14. bluesblaster

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    anything by Big Star, possibly the greatest band you never heard.
     
  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    I can mangle anything to the point it is unrecognizeable. Does that count?
     
  16. Bassistcali

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    As long as you got distortion cranked up you'll be pro ;)
     
  17. pglaser01

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    If only I were that good....
    Most of them...
     
  18. bobfarabaugh

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    Original material always does the trick.
     
  19. chungweishan

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    "Don't Stop Spread the Jam" - Infectious Grooves


    These are the two songs I tend to play to warm up my groove.
     
  20. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

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    Someone to love by the Jim Carroll band. Killer bassline, hasn't had any airplay in at least 25 years.
     
  21. Bassistcali

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    Can only find a few songs by them...nothing about someone to love...you have an mp3 or something?
     

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