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Fun bass lines

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by fourstringgirl, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. What is a bass line that you've learned lately that is fun to play?

    I've been playing:

    "Paralyzer" - Finger Eleven (Cool, quasi-funky with movement and fun fills)

    "Somebody Told Me" - The Killers (I like the intro and the techno element to it)
  2. reens


    Mar 16, 2005
    Peg, by Steely Dan. Fun pop stuff, great Chuck Rainey groove.
  3. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    The Stone - Dave Matthews Band

    Pretty technical but lots of improv room to have fun
  4. remo


    Jan 15, 2005
    Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer... great fun rock line.. especially the chorus.
  5. Modo74


    Aug 7, 2007
    Auckland, NZ
    One mans fun is another mans suffering I guess, but the lines I enjoy playing most are :-

    Higher ground (RHCP)
    If you want me to stay (sly & the family stone)
    Newborn (Muse)
  6. FunkTrain


    Jun 13, 2007
    RHCP - Give It Away
    RHCP - Stone Cold Bush

    Frank Zappa -Muffin Man (fun improv on the solo)

    Give Up The Funk - Parliament

    Mommy, Whats A Funkadelic?

    lots of improv .. lots of fun
  7. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I Wish - Stevie Wonder

    Hysteria - Muse
  8. If you like that one, "Born To Be My Baby" is another fun Bon Jovi bass line. My personal favorite of theirs.
  9. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    +1 on Living on a prayer and I wish.

    A few other Stevie songs that are really fun to play: Sir Duke, Another Star and of course the older ones like I Was Made To Love Her and For Once In My Life.

    Then a few by Jamiroquai: Love Foolosophy, Canned Heat and Cosmic Girl.

    Wish I could play some Steely Dan songs... Those are fun, but a bit too hard for me to play by ear due to the often very unusual chords and complex harmony. Same thing with jazz...

    I also like playing "Tush" by ZZ Top, especially a bit faster than the original.
  10. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    China Girl - David Bowie
    You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
    Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves (one-hit wonder from the 80s)
    Rio - Duran Duran
    Pump It Up - Elvis Costello and the Attractions (love Bruce Thomas :cool: )
    Maneater - Hall & Oates
    Paradise - Sade (love Paul Denman too :cool: )
    Stepping Out - Joe Jackson
    Psycho Killer - The Talking Heads
    She Moves In Mysterious Ways - U2

    (Yes, I think the 80s had a lot of good basslines...)

  11. rockwarnick


    Jul 29, 2006
    Rockville, MD
    "Spottieottiedogalicious" by Outkast.
    I don't know the bassline exactly(My amp is getting fixed and I'm listening to the track through my laptop) but I improve over it and I learned the horn section. I love that melody.

    "Free" the marcus miller version? I just keep watching Lydia's youtube video and playing along. I can't find the track on limewire and im not sure if i want to buy the import.
  12. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006
    Not that difficult of a bass line but a classic for sure.

    Taxman- Beatles
  13. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    runaway - jamiroquai
  14. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    "Kick in the Eye" by Bauhaus... for a goth band, David J sure put a great deal of stank on many of his bass lines.
  15. chakah

    chakah Rockin' the 80's

    Feb 2, 2006
    rio - duran duran
    gimme three steps
  16. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    Oh, forgot one: Room 335 by Larry Carlton. It sounds like the intro/outro song for a talkshow on TV but it's really a cool to jam over, especially the chord progression in the chorus. Took me a while to figure it out (by ear)...
  17. right now i like trying to figure out how to play sir duke by stevie wonder

    but i can play all of the mario brothers themes and sound effects.

    classical thumps always fun
  18. Jamiroquai- Canned Heat
    Jamiroquai- Main Vein
    Jamiroquai- Don't Give hate a chance
    Jamiroquai- Cosmic Girl
    Jamiroquai- Travelling without moving

    Stu was fun... (although he didn't write "Don't Give hate a chance" IIRC)


    Oct 24, 2006
    Kentucky rain- Elvis
  20. Kashmir (instrumental)-Steve Morse Band (Led Zeppelin cover):bassist:

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