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5 Bass lines in 5 minutes Lesson (for U-Bass and Bass Guitar)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by stephencoxbass, Sep 19, 2018.


  1. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta

    This lesson includes 5 popular bass riffs: Seven Nation Army, Billie Jean, Money, Brown Eyed Girl, and I Want You Back. Enjoy!
     
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  2. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    You're playing Billie Jean wrong. All the F#'s should be octaves.
     
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  3. Why does anyone really need to learn those lines anyway? Better go learn Red House, Crosscut Saw and Killin' Floor... Those 3 lines will get you through about 50 songs...
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
  4. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Hey Iz005, I play Billie Jean with the octaves sometimes, but honestly...it's unnecessary to teach that to beginners. Someone else pointed out that I had a wrong note in the Jackson 5 song, though...that's one I should note: The 2nd note of the line should be a flat 3rd instead of a 2nd. Also, leaving out a doubled octave doesn't make the line "wrong." All the notes are still there and represented.
     
  5. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    For those that want to learn 5 intros in addition to this:
     
  6. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Spin Doctor, True...but not every bassist wants to be a blues player. I think a background in the blues is essential, too! These are just for fun...I'll probably do a "5 Blues lines..." video soon. When I say they "should" know these lines...it's more like...people will ask you "oh, you play bass? Can you play ...?"
     
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  7. Well sure, I get that. And I get that everyone doesn't want t be a blues player. But My sentiment is that if you play any type of American pop, rock R&B or whatever, you need to be able to play the blues. I've met guitarists and bassist in certain situations and they couldn't play blues at all, in any context. That's a "what the hell" moment for me.
     
  8. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    If you're going to pretend to be a teacher, at least play the song correctly. Don't insult your audience by dumbing it down.
     
  9. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Fair enough. I'll add a card that links to Bass Wizard's video and put a note in the description.
     
  10. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I agree completely! Thank you for the idea to do a "5 Blues Bass Lines in 5 Minutes video." I think it will be a great addition once I get a chance to make it :)
     
  11. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    @Spin Doctor , I made the first of the Blues series...but it's a challenge to teach 12 bar lines in under 5 minutes, so I had to stick to just the 1 or 2 bar patterns. Thanks again for the idea!
     
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  12. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    I, probably, understand the reason you've played those two G notes on the D string with your Ring finger in your Example# 2, but I would play those two 8ths with my pinky.
     
  13. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Oh yes, on full size electric bass I definitely use the pinky as well! On U-Bass, it's just a tad bit more cramped :) There are lots of little things I have to alter when switching between the two instruments.
     
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