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Good songs to learn on a beginner-intermediate level?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Arion, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Arion


    Jul 16, 2016
    Some suggestions of songs with a good bass part (not necessarily a recurring riff), I don't know what to learn next. Merry Christmas!
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  2. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    What do you already know?

    Money by Pink Floyd is my suggestion.
  3. PunkNerve

    PunkNerve Fender Guitar and Bass Historian

    Apr 24, 2016
    When I Come Around - Green Day

    One of their harder songs, but still easy once you get it down. it's mostly on the 5th to 7th frets on A♭-G♭.

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  4. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    Christmas Time is Here
    ‎Vince Guaraldi‎

    Since it's Christmas Time...
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  5. Arion


    Jul 16, 2016
    I know that song.
    I know almost of Radiohead and Coldplay tunes, some U2, RHCP, The Chicken, Good Times, all those must-know tunes for beginners.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2016
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  6. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    How about some Motown songs?
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  7. PunkNerve

    PunkNerve Fender Guitar and Bass Historian

    Apr 24, 2016
    Also try Fall Back Down - Rancid.
  8. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Wow - pretty advanced song for the 1st song to learn.
  9. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung What would Fred Rogers do? Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    getouttatown! You got that!
    You just need to listen to it 40 or 60 or 80 times.
    It's the most natural line you'll ever wrap your hands around. :thumbsup:

    "Under My Wheels"...Alice Cooper...Killer
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Uh.....I'm not a huge Jaco or Flea fan but....if you "know" The Chicken and a lot of RHCP you are not a beginner. If you have simply learned the hook riff in these songs you don't "know" them. Which is it?
  11. Arion


    Jul 16, 2016
    The hook riff of the Chicken is what I know, so I don't know the song. Good Times is the same riff the entire song. Full songs of RHCP I know are Dani California, By the Way (played this with a pick), Don't Forget Me, Otherside, Scar Tissue, Under The Bridge, Give It Away... I know that I won't be a beginner if I know RHCP's catalogue, but I'm not quite that good. I've been playing guitar for 3 years, and the fretboard is the same, so I don't need to invest time on the theoritical side of things - I need to improve technically at this moment. I know a lot of Radiohead and it wasn't hard at all. I need to work on my right hand a lot. I also have listened to some Queen songs, and their lines are with so many different melodies. And kinda tough IMO (Apart from Another One Bites The Dust of course.)
    I asked for suggestions since I don't want to be that guy who only listens to Artist X, Arist Y and Artist Z.
  12. Arion


    Jul 16, 2016
    Not now.
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Cool. Got it. Any Led Zeppelin will be a school in rock bass. By "Good Times" do you mean "Good Times Bad Times" by them? If so, again, go back and learn that. It is not the same all the way through. Lemon Song will give you more homework than you want.

    But here's the thing. Being a bass player is about playing songs. Don't stop with the hook riff if ANY song. Learn the song. It will not only work your right hand and teach you some runs, but it will also teach you how to get along with the drums and provide a platform for melodic instrument and vocals.

    Sorry if it seemed like I was giving you a lecture earlier. You threw me off with the whole beginner who know The Chicken thing.
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  14. fingerguy


    Aug 2, 2016
    money pink floyd
  15. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    There's a complete SN transcription of The Lemon Song in the Tabulature and Notation forum. That might be my favorite Led Zeppelin song.
  16. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
    Sour Girl - STP

  17. Arion


    Jul 16, 2016
    I was prepared for something like this though XD. I knew someone ought to ask this. And no, I mean Good Times by Chic. Not much of a Zep fan.
    One thing I've noticed that I'm very analytical when it comes to listening songs (unless I'm gloomy or have some mood swings). Something like "this riff is in 7/8" "this riff is ascending major pentatonics" "the kick drum and the bass guitar play in unison (not musical though)" etc. Getting along with the drums comes naturally to me.
    Haven't listened to much before the '80s, I mostly listen to stuff in '90s and later. Assuming that the majority of forum members grew up listening to songs from '60s-'80s, I can get something different.
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Well, unfortunately the 80s is full of plowing away on root 8th notes with some notable exceptions.

    Try some Duran Duran.
  19. CaseyJ


    Jul 28, 2016
    Northern Indiana
    Anything off Led Zeppelin II is great.

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