American idol - bass edition

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by jnevi9nr, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    You have one song to play to impress the 3 judges. What song do you pick to play on national tv?
  2. What is this week's theme?
  3. Ingratil

    Ingratil Guest

    Jun 13, 2011
    I you dong get judged by how difficult the song is, but by the performance as a whole i d go:
    Cant stop- RHCP
    Its catchy,it has alot of energy so you can jump around, its famous.ish.., It looks cool when you play it, and you have some room to improvise.
  4. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Audition. Next week might be Motown
  5. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Nice pick. Plus its newer. People need to know it as well.
  6. Ingratil

    Ingratil Guest

    Jun 13, 2011
    Which would YOU choose?
  7. El Slap

    El Slap

    Oct 8, 2011
    East Bay, CA
    Anesthesia/Pulling Teeth
  8. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    All the Small Things.
  9. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Motorhead - Overkill

    Amps dimed
    After I'm done they will not be able to hear anyone else.
  10. Assuming that there is no additional performance component (e.g. vocals) involved; this is strictly bass playing, I would have to go the Jaco route. Portrait of Tracy is something that most folks would probably do, but not every setup can get those harmonics, and the song is kinda mellow. I would wanna be groovy and chopsy at the same time: Opus Pocus.
  11. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Probably Aeroplane by RHCP. Of course, this is all if we get a backing band. (or to band a back... however you view it :))
  12. iJazz

    iJazz Guest

    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    If I've made it to national TV, it's because my chops are together enough to pull this off. Since they aren't at this moment up to it, I'll let my inspiration in the performance, Russel Blake, demonstrate my desire:

    Satin Doll

    If it's a Jaco theme night, he's got the goods here for it, although not nearly as inspired or inspiring as Russel is for me.

    iJazz - I mean it!
  13. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    If you wanted to sing as well, that's your decision. Just like some American idols sing and some sing and play guitar.
  14. RHCP Higher Ground, School Days and some other ad hoc silly slap put-together wannabe song you hear in the Guitar Center bass room every day.
  15. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    The guitar riff from 'Smoke on the water.'

  16. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Remember it's usually just a two minute performance. I might pick pink Floyd's money.
  17. Ramble On - just enough to show your chops and show off your gorgeous bass tone, but not so much there that you can't add to it and "make it your own" as the judges like to encourage contestants to do on American Idol.

    Although Simon might have told me I am old-fashioned.

    Or, I could take a cue from one of this season's contestants, and perform the bass line to the theme from "Facts of Life."
  18. Digital Man, or Cygnus Book II....or YYZ
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    21st Century Schitozoid Man --- King Crimson
  20. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Nice picks so far. Anyone picking a police song?