Audience wants Bass Solo, oh noo

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fendersurfer, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. fendersurfer


    Apr 10, 2013
    Last week I had a very nice gig with Band on a private birthday party. Crows was dancing and in a good mood. Suddenly -when the band was introduced (while not playing)- the audience wanted the drummer to solo. Then "and on the bass guitar" same thing "Bass solo". Good Lord, didn't see that coming. As I play the more fundamental bass with pick or fingers, I'm not the Flea-kinda funka. So what to do?

    Maybe I just need one solo prepared to use when needed. Suggestions?
    Groovy style like blues brothers theme or another one bites the dust from Queen style or setting up melodic like a guitar player? I can't decide.
  2. Yorick


    Nov 10, 2006
    Another one bites..... is a good one to get people moving
  3. "Maybe I just need one solo prepared to use when needed."

    Yes, you can do this. I generally don't pop and slap but have a 20-30 second funky riff I play on such occasions.
  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Whatever you play make sure it grooves!
  5. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I've used the flashy looking Billy Sheehan bass line that's in the second verse of David Lee Roth's 'Shyboy' a couple of times. Look's dead flashy but actually quite simple.

  6. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    I don't gig yet, but when playing with friends, my "Bass solo" is pounding on the E string on 16th notes... It gets a laugh at least.
  7. I always smile and then play that first long D, followed by the rest of the intro to Fleetwood Mac's The Chain - because everyone in the UK knows it from the Grand Prix - 9 notes!
  8. I have been playing the keys part of Stevie Wonder's Superstition. Verse till chorus. Babes get down, so it is good. I used to do the solo from RHCP's, Aeroplane.
  9. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Bass is for grooving, so should the solos.

    I have a few simple groovy pentatonic riffs in my bag I pull out for such occasions.

    Leave the shredding for the guitar (unless that's your thing).

    Simple is better, slow is perfect, short is okay, but timing is everything.

    Just put on a groove and you'll be set. :)
  10. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
    Scooby Doo
  11. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    If in a situation where the guitar solos, then the drums solo, then the bass solos, you certainly don't want there to be a drop in energy or musicianship.

    But yeah, usually the slap and pop thing works very well in these kind of situations.
  12. I launch into Over the rainbow, Amazing Grace or Funkytown, depending on the crowd. Then I mark everyone who requested a bass solo for assassination
  13. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    was steve vai blindfolded in that?
  14. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Smoke on the water?
  15. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    "Big Bottom" by Spinal Tap. Simple to play, should get a laugh, people will like it even if you aren't great. :)

    Edit: now that I think a sec more, it might not be so recognisable anymore. Oh well, still a fun thought.
  16. Do a Jaco-style take on Funky Broadway.
  17. bloobass


    Jul 10, 2012
    Louisville, KY
    I had something like this recently come up...during introductions it was "give us something". The primary guitarist (who is very good) did a slow trill from D to C and shrugged his shoulders and said "That's all I got". They introduced me and I did something similar, said the same thing. The place was going nuts. Get to the drummer, he played close to a minute (all double bass and china cymbals) and got a few claps.:rollno:
    Needless to say the self deprecating humor went over huge.
  18. fendersurfer


    Apr 10, 2013
    Thanks for all your comments so far. Good read! :)
    I try to built a little bass solo on some of the ideas. Maybe use the Are You Gonna Go My Way bass licks that the bass is playing under the guitar solo part for the next gig.
    What's crazy is, that the one drunk guy that wanted a bass solo last gig and trolled after, might not even be a musician at all, our guitar player said: "Never mind, just slap him later." :-D
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Chic Good Times do the disco version