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Good songs to learn bassline??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gregory, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. Hey TalkBass... was just wondering if any of you had any recommendations on songs that are good to learn. What I mean is what song basslines kind of inherently help you become a better player? Or what songs are simply fun to play?

  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Welcome to TB, Gregory.

    What type of music do you like? Choose a song you really like and try and figure it out. Personally, I would say to try any Motown recordings - "Grapevine," "Cloud Nine," "Bernadette,"etc. Great stuff.

    I don't know if there are any songs that will inherently make you a better bassist. :bag: The process of transcribing songs will help, though. Doing so is a great form of ear training.
  3. Ziggy


    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA

    I've put a couple of 'compilation' cd's together for just this type of practicing.

    Some of my favs on the disks;

    - "Heard It Through the Grapevine": Gladys Knight and Pips
    - "Can't Hurry Love": Supremes
    - "Love Shack": B-52's
    - "Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting": Elton John
    - "Born to Run": Bruce Springsteen
    - "Maggie May": Rod Stewart
    - "Interstate Love Song": STP
    - "Mustang Sally": The Commitments
    - "Bernadette" & "Same Old Song": The 4-Tops
    - "What's Goin On?": Marvin Gaye
    - "The Chicken": Jaco Pastorius w/the Word of Mouth Big Band (Live)
    - "Living, Loving Maid": Led Zeppelin
    - "Mister Magic": Grover Washington Jr.

    Hmmm... I've lost count, but there should be atleast a few or so that might spark your interest.

    Hope this helps you out a bit...
    michael s.
  4. tim4003


    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    "One Vision" by Queen is easy to learn and fun to play.
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    The theme song for "Barney Miller" opened a helluva lot of doors for me. It has so many different techniques in it, that you have no choice but to get better.
  6. I always liked playing Money by Pink Floyd when I first started. It's in 7/4 time so it got me used to different rhythms, and makes use of all the strings. I used it a lot when I first started to move my thumb to the previous string instead of using the thumb-anchor technique.

    Some other good stuff I practiced off the top of my head:

    Jimi Hendrix - Fire
    I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
    You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello - Beatles
    Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
    Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers (my favorite RHCP bassline)

    The jazz stuff is of course fantastic, too. I never really listened to any jazz before coming here...I can't play a lot of the stuff yet, but it broadens your horizons in any case.
  7. Dondi


    May 3, 2003
    There is so much music out there that I thought I'd up the ante by suggesting that you should get more out of practicing than technical chops. Why don't we play music that will help us achieve better skills in taste and help us learn to construct better bass parts. I'm going to start with Paul McCartney:

    1.I Saw Her Standing There (for speed and consistant motion)
    2.Taxman (You'll be shocked when you give this a close listen, Paul at his busiest)
    3.Penny Lane (a study in voice-leading in a chord progression)
    4.Glass Onion (lots of motion)
    Something (this part is like a song all by itself)
    5.While My Guitar Gently Weeps (voice leading constuction)
    6.I Dig a Pony (good for practicing spread open hand positions.
    7. With a Little Help From My Friends (Use of space and fills)
    8.Come Together (groove and making the bass part the signature of the tune
    9. DayTripper (signature riff balanced by simple chorus)
    10.Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da (romping part that drives the tune.
    I'm sure you guys have other favorites, but I've taught these parts many times and I'm convinced of the positive influence they can have on a players development while playing great tunes.You'll come up with more, i'm sure.
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    About friggin time someone else besides me saw the light!
  9. Nicklas


    Mar 15, 2003
    And Paul even playse the lead guitarr on this one....(Taxman).

    is not the bassline on Taxman and paperbackwriter same kinde of bass playing.
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart - STP
    Revelations - Iron Maiden
    Keep Pushin' - Reo Speedwagon
  11. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Anyone who says McCartney has no chops should listen to Taxman.
  12. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    i fell in love with funk through the chicken _weather report
    the bass part got as hard as i wanted it to be, or origionally as managable.
  13. godlikenothing


    May 25, 2003
    i've always been partial to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I love the feel of it, especially the time changes.
  14. rancid - maxwell murder

    the solo's pretty nifty, i'm working on it right now
  15. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Anything by the Police, (Sting). Also listen to Black Uhuru, (Robbie Shakespeare), and Bob Marley and the Wailers, (Familyman Barret).

    Many of these bass lines are very simple to play. At the same time, they are very melodic, and played with impeccable time.
  16. heres some songs that i have worked on
    robin trowers-too rolling stoned
    little feat-spanish moon
    meters-funkify you life
    jeff beck-constipated duck
    jef beck- freeway jam
    billy cobham-red baron
    steely dan -FM
    allman bros-trouble no more
    gary wright-my love is alive
    average white band-pick up the pieces
    the ojays -for the love of money
  17. Coypu

    Coypu Banned

    Feb 24, 2003
    I have no problem with you liking McCartney but it would be better if you accepted the fact that he isn't that great in the chops department.


    A good song to learn is To Counter & Groove in E minor, it is a simple song by Spastic Ink standards which means that you will have a decent chance of learning it.

    Here is a powertab of the song : http://medieteknik.bth.se/joba01/tabs/powertabs/SI-ToCounterAndGrooveInEminor.ptb

    and a soundsample : http://medieteknik.bth.se/joba01/sound/PeteToCounterAndGrooveInEMinor.mp3