Give me songs to learn

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by chanson, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    I have been playing bass for 4 years and have hardly learned any full songs from start to finish. :rollno: Give me some manageable songs to learn, preferably in the funk/jazz/r&b genres. Give me some homework.
  2. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Cissy Strut by The Meters
    Around the World by RHCP

    There ya go!

    If you can play either of those, you can jam and show off to your friends all the time!
  3. really? you can't even fake your way through a few songs? :(

    oh and... uh... i don't know learn... "i can't help myself" i think jamerson did that one.
  4. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    I could fake my way through a lot of songs if I wanted. I don't know, I'm kind of a perfectionist. I don't like doing things unless they're "right" or perfect. It's not that I can't play. I just haven't really learned an entire song from start to finish. But let's not discuss this.
  5. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    its not jazz, but you cant go wrong with blues rock man.

    robert de leo of stone temple pilots is what i consider to be the epitome of traditional bass playing. sour girl is great. everything else is too.

    our lady peace is like the canadian stp, but only their 2nd-4th albums. i think those are "clumsy," "happiness is not a fish...," and "spiritual machines." those are solid support basslines that i feel i really learned from.

    i dont play like them at all now, but i think they are amazing learning tools. good blues rock tops the charts, no questions asked.
  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Homework? you want Homework?.......:cool:
    5. STYLES
    Blues progressions explained w/ audio samples
    Basic lessons/free backing tracks
    Slow blues
    Blues bass player's club

    blues jam terms/progressions

    Getting into the blues
    more blues
    1 First jam
    Gig coming up

    Influential musicians (mostly) pre-1959
    History and styles
    20 important blues recordings plus others

    "Blues Bass" by TB member Jonster
    Ed Friedland's Essential Styles and Techniques
    Blues books
    "Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands" by Larry McCabe
    "101 Blues Bass Patterns by Larry McCabe
    Turn arounds book for blues/jazz

    ~Funk, Slap, Groove, R&B
    Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bassists

    TB's Funk 101 list of funk tunes
    TB's Old School Funk tunes suggestions

    Muted Grooves by Joaquin des Pres
    Classic Funk and R&B by Joaquin des Pres
    "Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman)
    R&B/Funk book
    "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" James Jamerson book/CD
    Funk Bass Bible
    New funk groups
    Modern Funk bassists

    The late, great, James Jamerson
    Get that dead flatwound string sound

    TB slap bass references/links
    Over 60 slap/funk lessons by MarlowDK
    Video lessons w/Dmanlamius

    Look for Books/Videos from:
    F. R. Prestia/Tower of Power
    Anthony Vitti
    Alex Sklarevski
    Bill Dickens
    Tony Oppenheim
    Larry Graham

    Learning Latin music
    "The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro/Chuck Sher

    1 Learning
    2 Learning
    Improvization Primer (Book/Online)
    Theory, soloing, videos by Ethans1980 website
    Walking bass lines examples
    Walking bass lines books
    Jazz Scales
    History of Jazz website

    Play Metal bass
    Demystifying metal styles
    Tuning your bass for metal discussion
    How to scream/growl

    1 Hip-Hop bass
    Hip-hop bands with instruments

    Reggae bass
    Aston Barrett

    ~Urban Gospel
    Examples of songs
    Gospel/PW basses/rigs/strings

    For more homework, check out the links in my sig. below.

    I also suggest you get a 3 ring notebook and fill it with charts to all the songs you learn. Create your own "library" of tunes.

    Good luck.
  7. ac11367


    Apr 26, 2007
    Flushing, NY
    Wow, now that's HOMEWORK!!!:eek:
  8. Vakmere


    Sep 6, 2007
    3 blind mice, pop goes the weasel...
  9. heavyrocker


    Mar 21, 2008
    wow!i love ur list Stumbo :D
  10. deecher99


    Mar 27, 2009
    i want you back by the jackson five. i think you'll enjoy it since you're looking at the funk and r&b genres. i really liked learning it...
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    As long as you're having fun....:bassist:
  12. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered Stevie Wonder/Michael McDonald Version MOTOWN album

    Home at Last Steeley Dan AJA album
    Josie Steeley Dan AJA album

    I love stuff like above, because it's not just the same 2 or 4 bar phrase repeated for 64 bars....

    Seek and ye shall find
  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Brick House (Commodores?)
    Good Times (Chic)
    Freak Out (Chic)
    Santeria (Sublime)
    Jungle Boogie (Kool & The Gang)
    Superfreak (Rick James)
    Timebomb (Rancid)
    Thank U 4 Lettin Me Be Mice Elf (Sly)
  14. LevinFan


    Aug 4, 2008
    Louisville Ky

    Hell yea :bassist:

    Check out the chicks at the 48 second mark. (dream on britney lol)
  15. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    How about master of puppets by metallica. It's easy and it's jazz, a rare combination

  16. Kuark


    May 10, 2009
    If you want some easy first songs try

    Island in the Sun by Weezer
    Take it Easy by the Eagles
    One Headlight by the Wallflowers
    Cant Explain by the Who

    not to hard from a technical standpoint so you can focus on learning the different parts and throwing them all together while still maintaining your time in between riffs
  17. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga

    Robert DeLeo is amazing