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Beatles Bass Lines

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by sammyp, Jan 3, 2012.


  1. sammyp

    sammyp

    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    Hi gang,

    I have a few go to beatles lines for lessons but i gotta get more ...i know lot's of Beatles tunes but i haven't necessarily listened for the bass lines over the years ...

    What are some good ones besides;

    Taxman
    Come Together
    Day Tripper

    Thanks
     
  2. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    One of McCartney's most interesting lines to me is "Getting Better." "Something" also has a great bassline. Another classic line is Lady Madonna, although that song isn't one of my favorites.
     
  3. I'm hardly the Beatles expert, but get a copy of SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. Several of the songs have great bass lines.
     
  4. mogpipe

    mogpipe

    Apr 22, 2011
    'Old Brown Shoe' & 'Hey Bulldog'
     
  5. Some of my favorites, to hammer away on the Hofner:

    Little Help From My Friends
    Rain
    If I Needed Someone
     
  6. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    Atlanta
    All My Loving
    8 Days a Week

    both have great walking bass lines. classic beatles. classic mccartney.
     
  7. NightTripper

    NightTripper

    Oct 20, 2011
    Are you looking for easier or harder ones?

    Some of my favorite relatively easy ones include:

    Dear Prudence
    Birthday
    Sun King
    Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (watch out, each verse is different than the last!)
    If I Fell
    Why Don't We Do it in the Road?
    All My Loving
    Eight Days a Week
    Dizzy Miss Lizzy

    Some harder ones:

    I Want You (She's So Heavy)
    Rain
    A Day in the Life (that one's pretty easy, but can be tricky in parts)
    Hey Bulldog
    Penny Lane
     
  8. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    Hold Me Tight
    Dig a Pony
    Hello Goodbye
    Baby You're a Rich Man
    And Your Bird Can Sing
    Drive My Car
     
  9. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Not that it really matters what bass one plays Beatle Basslines on, those were most likely all played/recorded by McCartney on his Ric bass.
     
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

  11. ..got a Ric too, still like playing them on the Hofner...just feels right:D:bassist: ...+ the sound that comes from the Hofner just screams with Beatle vibe...no matter how you set it:eyebrow:
     
  12. baileyboy

    baileyboy

    Aug 12, 2010
    I always liked the bass line to "All My Lovin", one of the earlier Beatles' tunes.
     
  13. MJT

    MJT

    Feb 24, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    oh darling (basic but transferable to tons of other songs)
    don't let me down (multiple versions on youtube - groovy bass line!)
     
  14. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    "Being for the benefit of Mr kite" has a pretty great bassline, not my favorite Beatles song, but a great bassline none the less!
     
  15. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  16. Ballad of john and yoko
     
  17. beefandbones

    beefandbones

    Aug 14, 2008
    Seattle
    I think his very best bassline is With A Little Help from My Friends.
     
  18. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    I'd hate to pick a favorite, but just recently got sucked into Nowhere Man. Not a song you hear a lot about, but check out the bass line! ...interesting & novel approach.
     

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