Gimme Three Steps

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bemo, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Bemo


    Feb 17, 2019
    Lincoln, NE
    So I answer a CL ad and get a playlist to learn for an audition and Gimme Three Steps is gently nestled in amongst the ZZ Top and Pat Benatar and Greg Kihn Band songs and all I can say is ...

    Ed King is a Beast!

    I mean, I'm a bit out of practice but after three days I still don't have it all the way down pat. Saturday I spent 6 hours on it! My fingers are about to fall off. I had no idea that lurking beneath the Rossington/Collins leads was such an intricate and melodic bass line. And the tempo is killer too! None of this root-V-repeat crap here! This line hass balls on balls, and then some. I'm a mediocre bassist and I may be in over my head on this one.

    All hail the King!
  2. In my area, I don't think I've ever heard a bass player other than myself nail that line. And it's a great one, I wouldn't think of cutting corners. Keep at it, and good luck. You will come away a better player.
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Used to play it all the time in a classic rock trio. I didn't do it exactly note-for-note, but did everything I could to keep that kind of roving, free-flowing groove it has. I'm constantly impressed by the musicality of those 70s bassists we take for granted.
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  4. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix When the music's over, turn out the lights... Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    near Dallas, Texas
    I used to do that one. You're right, I was completely blown away when I started to learn it. Like you, I had no idea that he was groovin' that heavy. It's one of my favorite bass lines ever.
  5. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    every Skynyrd song I have heard the isolated bass track to has blown me away
    it is like Ed was the musical ocean underneath everything, wave upon wave of sonic goodness, but the ship on top sails right on through
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  6. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    Same here! I played it in a band a few years ago, and I remember it taking a long time to get it. (TBH I don’t think I ever got it 100% right but I was close) Hang in there, and when you do play it, be proud!

    Edit: I did a Wikipedia check and just saw that Ed King passed away last year. :(
  7. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    After you nail that, then work on Poison Whiskey. Killer tune!
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  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I actually don’t find it very difficult to play. Picking out the notes might be a little challenging in the beginning but the physical aspects of playing the song are fairly simple.
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  9. LowEndBuzz


    Sep 1, 2013
    Ed played some great stuff on that first album but Leon Wilkeson was no slouch either.
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  10. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Nah, if I can do it, you can do it. The bass absolutely carries that song so it's well worth doing right.
  11. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    We have very good musicians in my band, but if I don't excell on 3 Steps, it flounders. It's a combination of the right notes, tempo, and feel. IMO it is a difficult song to nail.
  12. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    I learned that tune back in my mid-to-late teens when I was first getting into bass.

    I can't claim to have nailed it 100%. I might have...I remember being pretty happy with how I was playing it, but we're talking 27-ish years ago. But the important thing is that it was a fun line to play, and a great learning experience.

    If I can make a suggestion, even if it's not in your band's repertoire: Take a crack at The Allman Brothers Band's 'Southbound'...I also found that one to be extremely fun/challenging...:cool::bassist::thumbsup:
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  13. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    That's one of those that is nearing the "if I ever have to play that song again ..." territory. Not pretending that I ever got it note for note, but honor it well and yes there are a lot of little nuggets to pick out. But this song seems to be MY Mustang Sally/Wagon Wheel...
  14. The Deep

    The Deep

    Jul 21, 2017
    It’s a very enjoyable song to play on bass.

    I found this video very helpful in getting it down.

  15. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Jacksonville, FL
    I played in a cover band that insisted on this song and I begrudgingly said 'ok'. After learning it and playing it at every gig we did, I ended up loving its movement while maintaining its strong groovey foundation.

    Its since been my go-to tune to put a new bass through its paces.
  16. Yep! My band tried this a ways back with a guitarist that hacked the hell out of it. I learned enough to get through the one time we played it at a gig. Now newer guitarist would know like to play it so I've been working on it again. As stated above, if you're a mediocre bassist it is definitely challenging!

    I just finished learning this:

    I had no idea how tough/fun this bass line is!
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  17. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Hail King Ed! I just started playing this on gigs a month ago.
    Your right, it's a great bass line.
    Once you have it down try adding the backgnd vocals. lol
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  18. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Admittedly I'd done a hack job on this tune for years. Curious if he's close?
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  19. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    I'm a metal guy who has only ever lived in Wisconsin and California, and those southern rock bassists have had an outsized influence on my (mediocre) playing. To be clear, I didn't pick up the mediocre from them, haha; they have always made me not want to be a slouch.
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  20. I only listened for a minute:

    I think he needs to voice that intro slightly differently, but otherwise he seems to be on the right track. I myself haven't played it on bass for a few years. You can A/B with the hit studio version, and you'll probably find he is mirroring it very closely. You'd be doing well and win the admiration of anal-retentive bass players like me if you got it that close.

    On a much more subtle note, he could iron out some of those slurs a bit, make it flow a bit more smooth, it's a little robotic, but the notes and values are there.

    Not a fan of that bass tone either. It's not helping the clunky delivery.
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