Good Songs to Play when trying out a new bass to buy

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ninthwondernj, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. im going to test out some Fender P basses and Jazz,what are some good songs to test out on the basses to help me to decide
  2. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    The Chili Peppers cover of Higher Ground. Guitar store owners love to hear bassist play that all day. ;)
  3. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    I would have to agree. Higher Ground is a good tune to test an instrument too.

    Ask the tech-person if the strings are old or new. It can make a big difference when trying to understand the type of bass you are looking for. You may want to take along a spare set of new strings.
  4. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Ramble On by Led Zeppelin. Covers most of the frequency range, and slow and fast parts, as well. Plus, it sounds cool!
  5. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Outside of tunes to try.......

    Never buy a bass until I heard it on your own gear. Ask if you can try before you buy.

    Hope this helps,
  6. The Clap

    The Clap

    Jan 5, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ
    This wouldn't have occurred to me, but yes, John Paul Jones plays a sweet line on that tune and I find myself playing it often.
  7. I play three songs always:

    Tool- 46 & 2 for the higher frequencies.
    Marcus miller- Rio Funk for the slapability
    Metallica- King Nothing- Lower frequencies (could also be replaced with Megadeath- Angry again or Iron Maiden- fear of the dark for all round coolness.)

    Most of these people in the store will like also, exept the Megadeath one :)
  8. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    Only one! MONEY by Pink Floyd...Holy diver if the metal heads are hanging around :D
  9. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA

    I always use "Ramble On"! The verse part gives you a good idea of how the bass plays up high, found many a dead spots and high frets with that, and the pre-chorus gives you down low and the chorus lets you grind it out!
  10. Scales are your friends. They don't sound flashy, but they give you a good feel of how the bass plays. As for songs I play, frequent ones include...

    Man who sold the world
    Around the World

    I also like to throw in some walking Jazz basslines and some 12 bar blues walks.
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The best songs to play are the ones that you know. I mean, what's the point of testing a bass you never played by trying to play songs you don't know? It's a bit like playing golf with a hockey stick and a blindfold, don't you think?

    Play what you always play. If it sounds better than on your old bass, it's better. ;)
  12. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I really like to get a good feel for the bass so I categorize my songs (nerdy, yes?)

    All-Around Feel:
    Major/Minor/Chromatic scales

    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Iron Maiden - Phantom of the Opera
    Tool - Forty-Six & 2 (yes, I realize it's supposed to be played with a pick)
    Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

    Moonlight Sonata
    Nuclear Rabbit - Truth's Ugly Head
    + some hammer-on tapping

    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane
    Fractured - Cure For The Common Soul (my band)

    Megadeth - Peace Sells
    Metallica - My Friend of Misery
    Green Day - Longview
    + some chords

    Along with playing several of my band's songs and some improvising, this list usually gives me a good idea of how the bass sounds and feels.

    Graeme :bassist:
  13. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I play blues and swing scales. It's just my thing :)

    Guitar shop employees love to hear Smoke on the Water too! :smug:
  14. Fingerstyle, I just improv a lot. Try it out, whether it's bluesy, jazzy, or just a simple rock line. Slapping, I just slap a few octaves and double thump a little. If I'm really feeling it, Power from Marcus Miller is an awesome song to slap to. Pickstyle, it's gotta be Roundabout!
  15. Ethon


    Jan 25, 2003
    Akron, Ohio
    I like playing My Friend of Misery (Fingerstyle tho, since I dont really ever play with a pick), Ramble On, some Sly and the Family Stone, and Pigs (Three Different Ones) by Floyd

    edit: Can't forget Money...stupid me