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Easiest bass lines ever

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

  1. yesbassist


    Jul 3, 2009
    lol.... mmm how bout we stick with "owner of a lonely heart"
  2. my thoughts exactly.
  3. HIM's version of Wicked Game is pretty wicked easy... And booooooring....
  4. yea, Tom Petty "Last Dance with Mary Jane" def. plus "Running down A Dream"

    Bill Wyman of the Stones was a master at super simple parts that are actually fun to play. tunes like Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Woman, Heartbreaker

    also a bunch of Lynard Skynard, AC/DC tunes, Neil Young's (or CSNY?) "Can't You See", and Zep "Rock N Roll"
  5. sricks3


    Dec 6, 2007
    Duluth, GA
    "When Doves Cry" - Prince

  6. TortillaChip520


    Jun 3, 2008
    portrait of tracy :ninja:
  7. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
  8. Stingray19


    Oct 23, 2009
    Big +1 to that!!

    Terrible bassline, which is surprising because Gene Simmons basslines are usually pretty rhythmic and catchy.

    Maybe his movie career prevented it.
  9. Elrend


    Feb 24, 2008
    Every breath you take
    Chameleon (yawn)
    My Girl
    Billie Jean
    The head melody to So What

    All are great tunes, but incredibly easy to play!
  10. Tylerrr51


    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    alice in chains songs are easy but sound realy good. them bones, rooster, would?, and many others are easy on the fingers but very diverse to the mind
  11. I can think of a couple:

    Def Leppard- Pour Some Sugar On Me (you need the first two frets of the E and A string)
    Stone Roses- She Bangs The Drums (G-G-E-Fsharp-Fsharp....)
    Queen-Another One Bites The Dust (I hate this bassline).
  12. smells like teen spirit
  13. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    And I bet your band plays it because "here is a song for the bass player" :rolleyes:
  14. geddeeee


    Jun 30, 2006
    Anything by The Ramones. I usually turn my brain off... LOL!!!
  15. SactoBass

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

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Yep, 80's Yes is definitely easier. I was in a Yes tribute band seven or eight years ago. We played the entire Close to the Edge album, plus some Fragile stuff, plus some stuff from The Yes Album, and of course, the obligatory Owner.

    For a bass player looking for simple stuff, Owner is a good one.
  16. One of the easiest is Static X, Dirthouse.

    One note, all day, on the 8ths.


    I was giving my bass instructor crap, told him I had a challenging song, and gave him this tab I printed out. He started laughing and now uses it when his other students complain about things being too hard. "Well, you can work on Dirthouse"

    I'm glad those students don't know me personally, as I'm sure, they already don't like me :D
  17. Danny Fox

    Danny Fox

    Nov 21, 2009
    I remember playing Chameleon with a band years ago and ageing very rapidly while playing it.
  18. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    When Doves Cry.

    no bassline at all! :)
  19. boomtisk


    Nov 24, 2009
    Plus, aside from the three-note main riff, it really isn't all that easy and requires funky and precise playing.

    Myself, I'd like to nominate "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves, three notes, repeated ad nauseum, occasionally two notes repeated at nauseum when the chorus decides to show up.
  20. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    The Bucket by Kings of Leon.