good starter inspiration

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by quantum5, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. im teeachin my sister to play bass and i need some advice on who to turn her to to begin with and who to look up and on to. shes need some she can realte to in playing. maybe a woman bassist. any ideas?
  2. John Myung, his hair is longer than most women have.
  3. mans0n


    Jun 15, 2002
    Matt Malley from Counting Crows might be a nice start.
  4. Viktor


    Jun 21, 2003
    I would have to say Sting (The Police)!He's reel easy to play,amd you can learn a lot from him!
  5. James Jamerson, who played on the great Motown hits. Some of his lines are not that difficult for a beginner to pick up, while others are extremely tough. No matter what, your sister will learn a lot from analyzing and playing his lines.
  6. get her to listen to some jaco, some wooten, some Jamerson, and any other greats you can think of and she will know what the bass is completley capable of.

    If you want some women bassist listen to The talking Heads, they have a female bassist and their lines aren't that hard.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Check out Lawrence Donegan with Lloyd Cole & the Commotions. Nice grooves not too many notes.

    Norman Cook with the Housemartins. Same as Donegan, a better player, IMO.

    Finally for a female bassist, Tina Weymouth w/ Talking Heads.
  8. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    What music does she listen to? That's going to be the quickest route to finding relevant sources of inspiration.

  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Word. The Police is the best stuff to start if you like rock.
  10. I agree with the Sting recommendation. for a starting bass player, you have a hard time finding better stuff than the first 3 or 4 Police albums.

    Mick Karn's playing on on the Japan album "Tin Drum" has some great lines that are easy to hear and a lot of fun to play.

    if you're lookng for a woman player who's really inspiring, check out Kim Annette Clarke on the Defunkt album "In America". wicked chops and an even more wicked groove. plus the bass is mixed right out front.

    best of luck to your sister. I think women make the best bass players. I wish more would pick up the instrument.

    from the low end,

  11. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    Tina Weymouth from tom tom club/talking heads is one of the pioneer female bassists,she dont get much credit but she got the job done and on some wierd tunes at that.
    She was like one of the first alternetive female bassists,the music she was backing up at the time would have been called alternetive had there been more groups doing it,he lines are melodic but not boring and redundent,all the while using a short scale mustang bass for the live shows,which lets us know her stuff is'nt all over the place.
    There are many good references here to choose from,some i believe are a little(alot) out of a beginners range,which can end up being a bad thing by setting her up for failure on songs that pro's can hardly play. GO EASY its no race but a journey with many paths and no ending in site:bassist:
  12. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    The best thing to do would be to get her to learn scales, arrpeggios, propor finger positioning and how to hold the thing right 1st.

    Just IMHO
  13. Kevin V

    Kevin V

    Mar 12, 2003
    Union, New Jersey
    Get her into the RHCP and she will most likely be hooked. They have everything from catchy, mellow songs to hard funky tunes. And of course there is the Flea factor.

    You can also get some live footage of the Fleaman...this will multiply the effect of turnimg him into a deity. It worked for me.
  14. OldDawg


    Jul 4, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Me'shell Ndegeocello. You didn't say how old your sister is, I'm assuming she's old enough for Me'shell's lyrics.

    Be sure to show her the Carol Kaye website, that should inspire her.
  15. StartingLineBass


    Jul 24, 2002
    Alkaline Trio

    Great songs, good, loud bass thats not very difficult. Catchy melodies.

    Can't go wrong with Alk3
  16. I'll throw Paul S. Denman's playing on the first two Sade albums -- Diamond Life & Promise -- into the mix as well. tasteful stuff that grooves. some of the most elegant support lines in all of pop.

    from the low end,