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Suggest songs for a beginner

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MarshallNole, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    Been playing for 4 months. I was hoping to list some of my favorite bands below to see if anyone knows some good songs by these bands for someone who hasn't played long. I would appreciate your guys' input.

    Favorite bands: Tool (too hard, I know), RHCP, A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Korn, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Audioslave, Muse.

    If anyone knows which songs from any of these groups would be a good confidence builder for a beginner I'd appreciate it.

    EDIT: I already know Californication by RHCP, Nutshell and Would? by AiC, and Like a Stone by Audioslave.
     
  2. floridagatorfan

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    cochise iam the highway and getaway car by audioslave are all pretyy easy
     
  3. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

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    For Tool, try "Sober" from Undertow. Not difficult at all, plus it's fun to bang out chords in Drop-D ...

    If you like Coldplay, try "Spies" from Parachutes. The hooky part wouldn't be the easiest to master right away, but it's way up front and easy to hear, plus it's just f-----g cool and so satisfying. If you can get through "Would?" you can get through "Spies," I think.
     
  4. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Effectheadaholic Supporting Member

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    Noooooooo! Dont suggest Sober hahahahahehehe ;):bag:
     
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  6. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    Can someone explain why everyone says Sober is easy?

    I have trouble sweeping down and then up across the 4 strings and then doing the mutes.
     
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

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    Practice will get you there. Use a pick and don't overthink it.

    Oh, and Greg? Shut up. :D
     
  8. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Effectheadaholic Supporting Member

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    Dave is right marshal. It'll come. I'll shut up now ;)
     
  9. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    I cannot do Sober.

    Not sure why. I am about ready to PAY for Skype lessons for this song. I don't know why I can't get this f-cking song.
     
  10. Biohazurd

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    The Peppers:The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.
     
  11. Marriedwithbass

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    Not on your list but Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine (basically Audioslave with a different singer) is a great track to play along to, it's not too hard plus it sounds killer with the drop D tuning.
     
  12. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

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  13. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

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    "Down Rodeo" and "Mic Check" are solid picks, too.
     
  14. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    Man in a box is a good starter AIC song. Cool walking part during the bridge. Fun chorus.

    I know it sounds fairly involved.....but if you put the time into it- you can get "soul to squeeze" by RHCP. Awesome song.....awesome bassline, and something you can play for someone and they'll go- " oh yeah! I love that song! " and actually know what song you're playing. It will help develop some finger stretches and your sense of groove.
     
  15. 39-Bassist

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    Foo Fighters:....Hero is simple and fun...
     
  16. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    I've watched that many times. It looks like he is constantly sweeping across the strings at the beginning but I am not hearing the notes match up every time he sweeps down and up.
     
  17. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

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    That's the trick: sweep up and down the whole time to keep the rhythm smooth; you just have to know when to make contact with the strings, and when to do so while muting (use your ears for that).
     
  18. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    I started Man in the Box this weekend on Rocksmith. Great song. Not too difficult but I get tired playing it. Still can't do all the parts 100% but it is a lot of fun.
     
  19. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

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    Start out learning how to play.............Louie, Louie and then Wipe Out and then progress to intelligent stuff by................Tool, RHCP, A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Korn, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Audioslave, Muse.
     
  20. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately I can't do that. If I don't like the song I won't practice it.

    Scales and techniques are all I practice outside of songs I like.
     
  21. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

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    My sarcasm must have been a pop fly foul ball into left field.
     

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