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Easiest bass lines ever

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by foq1978, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. blink 182- what's my age again

    also the first song I ever learned
  2. foq1978


    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
    Hey, even I've played this one on a gig!

    Really? Do you think so? Easiest?

    I've played that one too....
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    My girlfriend doesn't play bass. She's not a musician. I just taught her Green Day's Brain Stew. She also played Beastie Boys Fight for Your Right at a gig once. I don't think she's held a bass guitar in her hands for more than two hours in her lifetime. I don't think it gets easier than those 2.
  4. Either way, it's a great song (on an even better album) :)
  5. CDRhom

    CDRhom William Murderface's Bass Tech Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    So Whatcha Want by the Beastie Boys. Boring, but simple enough to build confidence in almost any beginner.
  6. chux


    Jul 20, 2007
    Anything by U2.
  7. I'm Not In Love - 10cc.
  8. tribus


    Nov 12, 2004
    Harrisburg, PA
    black sabbath by black sabbath.
  9. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    "Close to the Edge" by Yes.

    (sorry.......couldn't resist)
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Anything by AC/DC.
  11. Kiss-Prince
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Anything "country".

    Those bass lines are so elementary-school simplistic that you can even play them backwards with ease (but be warned......if you play them backwards, you'll get your girl back, you'll get your truck back, and you'll get your dog back). Depending on your circumstances, you may or may not want some of those events to happen.
  13. BlackMetalAkaz


    Jun 18, 2009
    You sir, are a genius.
  14. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Wow. Can't believe no one mentioned Genesis' "Turn it On Again". It marked the end of the good Genesis, and it's reeeeally easy. It's a 3 note song, for god's sake.
  15. bassistkll


    Sep 23, 2007
    Ventura, CA
    One of my faves is Talking Heads' "Once In A Lifetime". Great groove, only two notes.
  16. the general

    the general

    Jul 8, 2008
    a similiar forum(s) is posted in the tab section. the easiest songs ever, good songs for beginners, etc. check there for more songs. but i'd say any R.E.M. song is easy, alice in chains, smashing pumpkins, i could go on. favorites though would be the offspring - the kids aren't alright, bush - glycerine, the animals - the house of the rising sun, and pink floyd - another brick in the wall pt 2
  17. godsmack -whatever
  18. que-ever


    Oct 21, 2006
    probably something by the white stripes.
  19. thekorean


    Feb 20, 2009
    all the small things-blink 182
    blitzkreig bop-ramones
    smells like teen spirit-Nirvana
  20. not_jason


    Aug 4, 2004
    somebody mentioned "creep" and "say it ain't so" a few pages ago. I have to disagree. While neither are hard, they are both lines that force you to pay attention to rhythm. A lot of people seem to be forgetting how crucial rhythm is. For a lot of people, learning to effectively play rhythmically is something that happens years and years after they learn to play melodically. I've seen more bands than I can count attempt to cover "Say it Ain't So", but I've heard very few amateur bass players that gave that line the nuanced attention it requires. Similarly, "Creep" is not a song that I'd trust a beginner to play in a band.

    Anybody can remember a sequence of notes, but it takes skill to do complex rhythms. For that reason, any pop punk song with no rhythmic variation, regardless of how many chord changes it has, is probably the easiest thing a person could play.