Favourite Jimi Hendrix Experience Bassline?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by relman, Sep 29, 2001.

  1. Does anyone have one...i really dig "hey joe" and there's another one (can't remember the name) which has a little bass solo...
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    "You Got Me Floatin' " is the most fun for me. You get to use an odd, treble-middy, bridge pickup sound. And you don't have to have James Marshall himself in your band to play it since the bass is so "guitarish" sounding and up front.

    "Machine Gun" can be a gas if you have an amp with the cahones to club people over the head with the lows.
  3. The break in If 6 was 9
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Crosstown Traffic(played on a Hammond B3 by Dave Finnegan, Noel had left by then) & Manic Depression
  5. It's interesting that this thread came up because we just learned a couple Jimi songs last practice: Manic Depression and Hey Joe. The bass lines are pretty cool on both songs, although Hey Joe gets a little repetitious, other then that unison lick.

    We're already doing You Got Me Floatin', which is a blast to play as there isn't a lot of structure during the solo sections so you can pretty much go off and do what you want. We're also considering doing Cross Town Traffic, which is one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs, although I don't know the bass-line yet...ooh! I'm supposed to work on that this weekend.:eek:
  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Fire, on Mothers Milk :) .
  7. bailstric


    Aug 12, 2001
    Ontario Canada
    i second that
  8. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Third Stone from the Sun.
  9. Funk Warts

    Funk Warts

    Jun 13, 2001
    London, UK
    My bass teacher said that there's a different bass line to Purple Haze which is pretty bomb, cos Hendrix played it.

    However, I haven't heard it anywhere cos all my Handrix albums are live albums (I just couldn't get into the recorded stuff, but the live stuff is seriously bomb)

    But I'm told the alternative Hendric bass line to Purple Haze is quite hard ie real hard.
  10. Third Stone From the Sun, Power of Soul, Fire
  11. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Little Wing....I like the SRV version, also.
  12. "All Along The Watchtower" is my favorite. "In 1983 (A Merman I Should Want To Be)" has a nice solo. "The Wind Cries Mary" has a nice use of diads; tasteful simplicity all around.
  13. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
  14. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    I knew that Dave Finnegan played basslines on his Hammond for some of Electric Ladyland, but had Noel Redding really left by then? I didn't know he walked out in the middle of the sessions.

    To be honest, a lot of Experience lines are hard to pick out - the low end tends to be all mud. Of what I can hear, I happen to like Fire and 1983 as well.
  15. All Along The Watchtower!
    The following are also brilliant:
    Spanish Castle Magic
    Voodoo Child
    Purple Haze
    Hey Joe
    The Wind Cries Mary
    Born Under A Bad Sign
    Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead
  16. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Machine Gun
    Voodoo Child (Slight return)
  17. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    That's a toughie. Redding's role didn't really allow him to do much other than anchor the song very fundamentally to let Jimi, well, be Jimi. Even so, a lot of the bass parts seem a bit mechanical. My vote? Probably the basic but swingy "Third Stone from the Sun," which is probably why it caught Jaco's ear as well (as part of his "Slang" solo on 8:30), "If 6 was 9," maybe "Wait Until Tomorrow," if you can get over the ultra-wimpy back-up singing (and "Click bang, what a hang, your daddy just shot poor me" has to be the funniest lyric ever). Now Billy Cox, that's a whole 'nother matter. But you asked about the Experience, not the Band of Gypsies.
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I tend to agree and I think Hendrix technique with a lot of droning lower strings at huge volume almost makes the bass redundant in a lot of things I've heard. Certainly the most famous cuts are usually those with the worst or least audible basslines - they're still great music though, but I think that Hendrix just always takes centre stage and 100% attention whatever he's doing.

    I mean "Voodoo Chile" is just all droning guitar strings in lower register and very little bass!

    In the 70s I remember that lots of my friends wanted to be JP-J, Jack Bruce, John Entwhistle etc. but nobody wanted to be Hendrix's bassplayer!

    I learned all Led Zep's basslines but gave up pretty quickly on Hendrix stuff - no guitarists could do it justice anyway!! ;)
  19. well...this may also contribute to the lack of bass...Jack Casady played on that track, and he is known for dropping the mids