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Big list of easy songs to start with

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by germ_77, May 8, 2012.


  1. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Hey I have seen a pile of posts asking about easy songs to start out on.

    Whenever I see them I usually snag the ones I am interested in and throw them in a list, figured I would just post it since it has gotten pretty big.

    I plan on learning most of these songs if not all (over the next few years most likely haha), I hope to learn atleast a few a week. A lot of them are really easy that wont take long but I plan on writing out transcriptions for all of them as I go to help my writing and reading as well as making videos of each so I can go back and look for things I need to improve.

    Here is the list, I am sure majority of the people that frequent this board will find these really easy but if any of the really new players want the transciptions as I learn them I would be happy to post them or send it to you.

    A few of the ones near the end arent really easy ones but they are in my list to work on.

    AC / DC - Highway to hell
    AC/DC - Shook me all night long
    Albert king - born under a bad sign
    Alice cooper - schools out
    BB King - Woke up this morning
    Beach boys - California girls
    beach boys - surfin usa
    Beatles - 8 days a week
    Beatles - Ballad of john and yoko
    Beatles - Birthday
    Beatles - Cant buy me love
    Beatles - Come together
    Beatles - From me to you
    Beatles - Get back
    Beatles - Hard days night
    beatles - she loves you
    Beatles - Twist and shout
    Ben E King - Stand by me
    Black flag - White minority
    Black sabbath - paranoid
    Blink 182 - All the small things
    Blink 182 - Whats my age again
    Bob marley - could you be loved
    Bob marley - Easy skanking
    Bob marley - Get up stand up
    Bob marley - Jamming
    Bob marley - One love
    Bob marley - Stir it up
    Bobby fullerton - I fought the law
    Bon jovi - bad medicine
    Booker T and the MGs - Time is tight
    BTO - taking care of business
    buddy holly - peggy sue
    Buddy holly - That'll be the day
    Carl perkins - Matchbox
    The Clash - London Calling
    The Clash - Should I stay or Should I go
    Cranberries - Dreams
    Cranberries - Zombie
    Cream - Sunshine of your love
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
    David bowie - man who sold the world
    Deep purple - Smoke on the water
    Dire straits - Walk of life
    DOA - Woke up screaming
    Earth wind and fire - Lets groove tonight
    Eddie floyd - 634-5789
    Eddie money - take me home tonight
    Elvis - Dont be cruel
    Elvis - Mystery train
    Elvis - Thats alright
    Eric clapton - Crosscut saw
    Eric clapton - Lay down sally
    Eric clapton - Wonderful tonight
    Exploited - Alternative
    Exploited - Sex and violence
    Fleetwood mac - The chain
    Fleetwood Mac - Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
    Foo fighters - Learn to fly
    Foo fighters - monkey wrench
    Freddie king - Hide away
    Freddie king - Lonesome whistle blues
    Germs - Forming
    Germs - Lions Share
    GG Allin - no rules
    Goo goo dolls - Iris
    Greenday - Longview
    Greenday - When I come around
    Guns N Roses - Dont cry
    Iron maiden - Remember tomorrow
    James brown - Hot pants
    James brown - I feel good
    Jimi hendrix - Hey joe
    Jimi hendrix - Little wing
    Joan jett - I love rock n roll
    John lennon - Imagine
    Johnny cash - folsom prison blues
    Johnny cash - I walk the line
    Judas priest - Breaking the law
    Judas priest - youve got another thing coming
    Kings of leon - Use somebody
    The Kinks - Luie, Luie
    Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
    Led Zeppelin - How many more times
    Lit - My own worst enemy
    Megadeth - Symphony of destruction
    Metal church - metal church Sheet music - Page 1 Sheet music - Page 2 (Done in standard not down tuned)
    Misfits - astro zombies
    Misfits - Skulls
    Neil Young - Heart of Gold
    Neil Young - Rockin in the Free World
    Nirvana - Come as you are Sheet music (Done in standard not down tuned)
    Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit
    Oasis - Dont look back in anger
    Offspring - Gotta get away
    Otis redding - Mr pitiful
    Otis redding - Tramp
    Pink floyd - Money
    Pink floyd - Time
    Police - Driven to tears
    Police - Every breath you take
    Police - Message in a bottle
    Police - Roxanne
    Police - So lonely
    Police - Walking on the moon
    Procol Harum - Whiter shade of pale
    Quiet Riot - Metal health
    Ramones - Blitzrieg bop
    Ramones - KKK took my baby away
    Reagan youth - degenerated
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'
    Rolling stones - Jumping jack flash
    Rolling stones - satisfaction
    Sade - Smooth Operator
    Santana - Maria, maria
    Sly and the family stone- Thank you
    Stevie ray vaughn - Crossfire
    Temptations - Aint too proud to beg
    Temptations - My girl
    The four tops - I cant help myself
    Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
    Tom petty - Into the great wide open
    Tommy tutone - 867-5309
    Trogs - Wild thing
    U2 - With or without you Sheet music
    Van Halen - Running with the devil
    Van morrison - Brown eyed girl
    Violent femmes - Blister in the sun
    Wild Cherry - Play that Funky Music
    Wilson Pickett - The midnight hour
    Zero boys - civilizations dying
    ZZ Top - La grange
     
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  2. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Nashville,TN
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Now that's fun! :)I remember that photo shoot- that's Vic's one string upright I borrowed for the photo shoot. I figured since I was surrounded by 6 and 7 strings it worked. Yep, I toured with Enge over 7 years and played on two CDs and the Live at the Palladium DVD. I have recorded for Curb Records (B J Thomas), two CDs for Hotwire, indie records for Winter Harvest (Townes Van Zandt tribute by Jonell Mosser and Angela Kaset's Sanctuary) and for the late Mickey Newberry's last 2 CDs. There's a short and incomplete list on allmusic.com
     
  3. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Think you posted on the wrong one Roy :p

    By the way I should be ordering your bass lesson package soon, cant wait to check it out.
     
  4. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    A nice, diverse list. More funk wouldn't hurt.
     
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  5. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    I tried to make the list pretty diverse, I like pretty much all styles of music and want to be a well rounded player that is decent at all styles instead of great at a specific style only.

    Any suggestions? I really dont know much about funk at all but would love to learn some?

    What do you think would be good starters for funk?
     
  6. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    To kickstart the funk, this is a very simple, but so groovy and fun song. Funk players will know of it for sure. Also good for starting slapping.
    Sly and the family stone- Thank you
     
  7. sonicblue62

    sonicblue62 Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    Nice list! The ability to play a lot of styles is the mark of a good, in demand, and usually well-paid bassist. :D
     
  8. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Nashville,TN
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Ooops! I did! Sorry everyone. :)
    This was over in a reading thread. EVO strikes again!
    BTW, thanks for checking out my method, germ77.
     
  9. Hi!
    Great idea!
    This should be on sticky thread!!!
    2 things from me:
    1. I would make all band names in alphabetical order (and in groups : The Police for instance are on the list here and there....would be nice to have them together... I might do it if I have the time).
    2. I would throw in some tunes by Sade: Smooth Operator is one of the first tunes I learned and it`s great (bass is kinda funky plus song contains bass solo!!!!).
    Also Sweetest Taboo and Paradise
     
  10. N.F.A.

    N.F.A.

    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    I have a few of these tabbed out already and would be glad to do some kind of trade with you. PM me.
     
  11. Bassics101

    Bassics101

    Feb 3, 2011
    "Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry isn't too hard for a beginning funk song.
     
  12. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Thanks for the ideas, I will be organizing the list yet as I go through them, if the mods say it's alright I can just post links to the sheet music as I learn them. Can just put them on imgur or something.
     
  13. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Sounds like a plan, I have a lot of songbooks so I wouldn't be surprised if I have a lot of them already.
     
  14. just want to add something to the list

    Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
    The Clash - London Calling
    The Clash - Should I stay or Should I go
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
    Fleetwood Mac - Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
    The Kinks - Luie, Luie
    Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
    Led Zeppelin - How many more times
    Neil Young - Heart of Gold
    Neil Young - Rockin in the Free World
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'
    Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

    more to come..
     
  15. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Thanks, I will add them to the top list shortly. I like most of those so will probably try to learn them as well, regardless if people want to keep adding easy songs to the list feel free.

    Would be nice to have a really large list of easy songs to learn and start with.
     
  16. kicklock

    kicklock

    Jan 22, 2009
    :) "Easy", you say ? Well, if by, "Easy", you mean a song not having that many notes, or not that many fast runs, technically you might be somewhat correct, BUT when you consider how the notes are to be applied - the groove, the bounce, the emotion, how the notes link with the drums - then the term, "Not as easy as it seems", comes to mind.
    For instance, the bassline for The Police's, "Walking on the Moon" does not carry that many notes, but the way Sting, and Stewart hook it up is magical, and profound. The real deal is to see them do this song live in concert - check the "Certifiable" DVD for a great version of this song. In my opinion the notes are just one part of the story, the other part is the nuances, and feel in application - and that may actually make a seemingly simple bassline complex. Thanks for highlighting some GREAT music, and best wishes, and blessings to you. :)
     
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  17. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Not saying they are not good or anything and there is definitly more to them than it seems.

    Just want a list of songs that are good to learn for newer bassists. I am not a new player but I don't have much for previous experience with music theory or even learning songs for that matter. Since I was a teenager I have always been in original bands and would basically just follow the roots of the guitar.

    Majority of these songs shouldn't be too difficult for someone new to playing if they spend some time on them.

    I am finding that I have been learning just as much from learning these songs as I have from theory, exercises, scales etc.

    Even the really simple ones have been teaching a lot, Roxanne for example, it can take a while to get used to not playing right on the one beat, atleast it did for me anyways but now I don't always stick to playing on it.

    With or without you is about as straight forward as you can get but is great practice for playing steady eighth notes over the chords.

    As well learning some styles I wouldnt normally play.
     
  18. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    I started adding images next to the ones I am working on with the sheet music.

    If you have any of them done and want me to post them just pm them to me and I will add them as well.

    Would be nice to have them all in one spot.

    As well if any of mine are wrong just let me know, I am still quite the noob when it comes to transcribing songs myself but usually get my instructor to look them over to make sure they are correct or close.
     
  19. How about classic Country:
    The numbers are the page # in our gig book. The low numbers get the most activity. Course a root five works on all of them. If you really want to get "out there" R-5-8-5 with chromatic runs to the next chord.

    500 MILES AWAY FROM HOME 47
    A
    ACT NATURALLY 93
    ALL MY EXXES 114
    AMARILLO BY MORNING 115
    AN AMERICAN TRILOGY - Elvis Presley 107
    APARTMENT NUMBER NINE 36
    ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT Gag Song 116
    AULD LANG SYNE 177
    AWAY IN A MANGER 176
    B
    BACK HOME AGAIN 118
    BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN 120
    BANDY THE RODEO CLOWN 41
    BEFORE I DIED 121
    BEGGING TO YOU 122
    BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME 17
    BLUE SKIES 106
    C
    CATFISH JOHN 165
    CHRISTMAS 172
    CHRISTMAS LONG AGO 73
    COLD COLD HEART 123
    COOL WATER 124
    COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE 13
    COWBOY LOGIC 48
    COWBOY PRIDE 125
    COWBOY’S SWEETHEART 30
    CRAZY 88
    CRYING TIME 43
    D
    DECK THE HALLS 178
    DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS 127
    DIGGIN UP BONES 16
    DON'T COME CRYING TO ME 31
    DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS to gigs 6
    E
    ELVIRA 37
    EXCEPT FOR MONDAYS 95
    F
    FADED LOVE in G 11
    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO 71
    FIRST TRAIN HEADING SOUTH 9
    FOLSOM PRISON BLUES 128
    FOUR WALLS 159
    FOUR STRONG WINDS 42
    FOURTEEN MINUTES OLD 61
    G
    GEORGIA ON MY MIND 87
    GOD MUST BE A COWBOY 129
    GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN 179
    GOOD HEARTED WOMAN 22
    GOODNIGHT IRENE 131
    GOSPEL MELODY 68
    GREENSLEEVES 170
    H
    HANK WILLIAM'S MEDLEY 15
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 72
    HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU 109
    HE THINKS I STILL CARE 80
    HE TOUCHED ME 34
    HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER 7
    HELLO WALLS 112
    HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT 40
    HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ 89
    HOME ON THE RANGE 133
    HONKY TONK ANGELS 44
    HONKY-TONK HARDWOOD FLOOR in C 64
    HORSE WITH NO NAME 90
    HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN 76
    I
    I NEVER PASS THERE ANYMORE 163
    I FALL TO PIECES 50
    I GOT A HOLE IN MY PIROGUE 134
    I WALK THE LINE 58
    I WAS ALMOST PERSUADED 12
    I'M GONNA MISS HER 97
    I'M JUST AN OLD CHUNK OF COAL 24
    IN THE GARDEN 33
    IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW 135
    IS ANYBODY GOIN TO SAN AN-TONE 70
    I'VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL 23
    J
    JACK OF DIAMONDS 167
    JAMBALAYA 28
    JINGLE BELLS 83
    JUST A CLOSER WALK 10
    JUST BECAUSE 14
    K
    KAW - LIGA 79
    L
    LET THE COWBOY DANCE 29
    LORD I HOPE THIS DAY IS GOOD 55
    LOVING HER WAS EASIER 162
    LUCKENBACH, TEXAS 136
    M
    MAKING BELIEVE 35
    MAMA, HE’S CRAZY 137
    MARIE LA VEAU 45
    MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS 25
    MY SHOES KEEP WALKING BACK TO YOU 160
    MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT 66
    O
    O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM 169
    OH LONESOME ME 63
    OKIE FROM MUSKOGSE 27
    OLE SLEW-FOOT 102
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN 86
    P
    PAPER ROSIE 99
    PEACEFUL EASY FEELING 113
    PRETTY PAPERS 168
    PRICIOUS MEMORIES 166
    R
    RAILROAD BUM 59
    RED RIVER VALLEY 69
    RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER 171
    S
    SAN ANTONIO ROSE 20
    SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 173
    SANTA LOOKED A LOT LIKE DADDY 138
    SATIN SHEETS 39
    SEVEN SPANISH ANGELS 81
    SHE KNOWS WHY 19
    SHE’S GONE GONE GONE 161
    SILENT NIGHT 174
    SILVER BELLS 74
    SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES 139
    SIOUX CITY SUE 140
    SNOWBIRD 141
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW 111
    STAR SPANGLED BANNER 84
    STARDUST 110
    STRAWBERRY ROAN 142
    SUPPER TIME 52
    SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE 57
    T
    TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA 26
    TEARS IN HEAVEN 104
    TEDDY BEAR 67
    TENNESSEE WALTZ 100
    TEXAS 164
    THE FISHING SONG 97
    THE KEY'S IN THE MAIL BOX 103
    THE LOST HIGHWAY 144
    THE NEXT ONE’S IN G 4
    THE TALKING WALLS 98
    THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING 21
    THEY’LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME 145
    THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME 54
    THREE WISHES 75
    TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN 146
    TOGETHER AGAIN 38
    TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS 147
    U
    UNCLOUDED DAY 53
    UNDER YOUR SPELL AGAIN 32
    W
    WABASH CANNONBALL 148
    WALK ON BY 149
    WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS 18
    WATERMELON TIME IN GEORGIA 92
    WELCOME TO MY WORLD 150
    WHAT AM I DOING HERE 151
    WHAT CHILD IS THIS (GREENSLEEVES) 170
    WHEN THE WORK’S ALL DONE THIS FALL 153
    WHEN I DIE, JUST LET ME GO TO TEXAS 8
    WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER 56
    WHERE DO COWBOYS GO WHEN THEY DIE 155
    WHY ME? 51
    WILD SIDE OF LIFE 157
    WORRED MAN BLUES 85
    Y
    YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS 158
    YOU AIN'T WOMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE MY MAN 101
    YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE 91
    YOUR GOOD GIRL’S GONNA GO BAD 130
     
  20. germ_77

    germ_77

    Jul 16, 2011
    Hey Malcolm,

    Since you seem to like good country I was wondering if you have any tips on the walks/fills between chords for old country.

    I love old country, and the new guys doing old country like Hank Williams III is probably my favorite musician ever next to maiden. As well as guys like Bob Wayne, and obviously their influences like Hank Sr, David Allen Coe, Johnny Cash, etc.

    I can plug along with the root-fifth lines easily but always suck at walking between them.

    So far the only thing I can really do without screwing up the timing is basically playing the 3rd of the chord I am just before changing to the next chord or I will play 2 of the root that I am on then change.

    Any tips of what is common to use for country walks?
     

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