Favorite Bass lines NOT played on an actual bass with strings?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ROOTSnFIFTHS, Apr 21, 2019.


    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Have you ever liked a bass line in a song, decided to take a closer listen to learn it, only to realize a synth or sampling keyboard is playing it?!............

    I have many of these and, at first, hesitated to learn to play it. After playing around with one or two, I decided they were too fun to not play.

    List 'em if ya got 'em.

    I have many but here are a few:
    "no one is to blame" - Howard Jones: A good one to play on your fretless 4 or 5 string.
    "All I want for Christmas is You" - Mariah Carey
  2. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Boogie on Reggae Woman
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  3. "Glad" and "Freedom Rider" from the Traffic's 'John Barleycorn Must Die'. "Empty Pages" features Steve Winwood on bass.
    "Chameleon" from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters. The bass line is a keyboard and the bass plays the upper register part.
    Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On, Reggae Woman" is obviously done on a synth, but is a great line for the bass.
  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    What is John Paul Jones playing on Heartbreaker?
  5. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
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  6. Always had a thing for a couple of George Benson tunes:

    - Give me the Night
    - Turn your Love Around
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  7. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    Owl, that Swing Out Sister album is one of my favorite 80's record, including their radio hit "Break Out", that British modern R&B swing is just wonderful.

    I once read interviews where Doug Wimbish and Nathan East essentially said that another reason for a five was so they could do / reproduce keyboard bass lines on a real bass guitar. 'Twilight World' lays great on a five and is great fun to play along with. Thanks for reminding me of that great album !
  8. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
  9. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    +1000, everything on that album is great.

    One I like,
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  10. Wasn't trying to copy you, we were posting simultaneously.
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  11. Don't You Want Me, Baby? - The Human League

    Conversely, Graham Maby's bass in Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out" sounds more like a keyboard.
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  12. He's playing a bass (not sure if it's his jazz, or single coil precision) through a Leslie cabinet.
  13. Black Velvet - Alanah Miles
  14. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    +1 on the Howard Jones in the OP...and I’d add Charlie Puth’s “Attention.”

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  15. it's actually an old Korg drum machine/sequencer. On the most recent tour they brought that thing out, plugged it in, and tried to recreate the song exactly as it was recorded. Graham played the glockenspiel.
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  16. Really? I saw them on tv when the song was out and Graham was playing it on a Jazz Bass, so I assumed that was the real deal. You learn something new every day. Thanks for the info.
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  17. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Girlfriend is Better

    The Model
  18. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Pretty much most of the smooth jazz sax and horn players. I guess they can't afford real musicians.
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  19. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Seinfeld Theme