Suggestions for new songs to learn please :)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Octaves, Dec 17, 2012.


  1. Octaves

    Octaves

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    Hi there,

    I'd have to classify myself at a strong beginner level. Probably been playing for almost 2 years, but i work hard at it. I have built endurance, strength and some dexterity around the fretboard. Am still working on learning note names on upper part of fretboard, am able to read bass clef. I'm not a big slapper, but have been getting bored with what i've been playing.

    Have been focusing on:

    1. Lots of early Maroon 5 stuff
    2. Simple funk and soul, such as upside down, cissy strut, pick up the pieces, Funk #49, brick house, simple Jamiroquai lines, some simple blues and r&b.

    Basically, i'm getting bored. I would like to be challenged with a new style or songs with interesting basslines, regardless of the genre. An example of this might be "Ramble on", by Led Zepplin. I am open to anything. Not really into the fast stuff, or constant pop / slapping though (although some slapping is good).

    I've been learning Ramble On by Led Zepplin this morning. Any suggestions for pieces that are easy to learn, but interesting?
     
  2. MalcolmAmos

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    Blues or Jazz. Here is Autumn Leaves see what you can do with this ole standard.
    Those walk-downs or walk-ups add a bunch, i.e. on the four bars of the I cord - do three bars of the I chord and then walk up to the IV chord on the 4th bar. The 4th bar is your walk-up. Target the next root (see where it is) then miss it by 3 frets -- then walk to it one fret per beat and be on your next root for the chord change, i.e. E, F, F# and land on G.

    The Blues or Jazz should give you something to work with. Blues is much easier. Your choice.

    Have fun.
     
  3. ckdhaven

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    Ramble on isn't too difficult, fun to play, and obtainable for your mentioned skill level... Many of the John Paul Jones lines are fun to play for me because I am a huge Zep fan.. The bass really is a very strong (and quite under rated) in the Zep tunes.

    If you like Zep, maybe look at playing "The Ocean" or take a huge leap into "The Lemon Song." These are awesome bass lines..
     

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