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Grooviest Paul McCartney bass lines?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by deepestend, Jun 17, 2019.


  1. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I have never really learned a Paul bassline completely and I'm feeling like it is time. Any suggestions on his grooviest bass lines? I know a lot of beatles for sure, but am mostly playing jam/groove music these days and would love to learn something that applies.

    Thank you!
     
  2. SoonerBill

    SoonerBill Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Might not be exactly what you mean but I’ve always liked Lady Madonna. And the bass is the main instrument through much of the song.
     
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  3. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Everyone defines "groove" a little differently. That being said, I think that from his vast catalog of solo stuff, you'll find there's a lot of love (pun intended) among bass players for "Silly Love Songs" from Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976).
     
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  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
     
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  5. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    I Want You is pretty groovy. Also She Came In Through the Bathroom Window is sneakily groovy.
     
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  6. Biffa

    Biffa

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    Maybe I'm Amazed
     
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  7. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    This for me. As a kid, before I even knew what a bass was, every time that song came on the radio I was mesmerized by that feel. Only later did I realize how it’s driven by the bass line.
     
  8. Biffa

    Biffa

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    Or preferably The Faces cover
     
  9. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I love Taxman
     
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  10. Duder

    Duder

    Dec 6, 2014
    Florida
    Dear Prudence has those wonderful slides up and down. Seems like it would be fun to play.
     
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  11. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    First one that comes to my mind, The bassline IS the song.
     
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  12. Frankie Fender

    Frankie Fender Supporting Member

    Lovely Rita. Seriously, give it a listen - your face will fall off. Who knew?

    Another favorite, Something.
     
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  13. Silly Love Songs and Taxman came first to my mind.

    After that, Some Other Guy.
     
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  14. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Ditto on Something.
     
  15. dogbone

    dogbone

    Nov 5, 2017
    Not groovy in the sense you are probably intending, but I find 'Something' as one of the best Beatles bass lines:
     
  16. MotorCityMinion

    MotorCityMinion

    Jun 15, 2017
    Paperback Writer. Perhaps not groovy, but certainly busy, if not dominant throughout the tune.
     
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  17. onestring

    onestring

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, CA
    I think The Word is and Drive My Car are pretty early indications he was listening to Jamerson (one possible thing that might =groove for you). There's lots of groovy on the White Album, esp. Everybody's Got Something to Hide and Why Don't We Do It In The Road.

    Solo stuff there's so many things to check out, especially in the Wings era. He was particularly adept at making super simple root-5 parts sound groovy, like Listen to What The Man Said or Mrs. Vanderbilt etc. It's not easy to make parts like those have so much forward momentum, but he had a great feel for it.

    He's still writing some top notch songs now and again, but I can't think of any especially groovy bass stuff from the 90s on.

    (Also: A nuttier Beatles nut may correct me, but I believe George stepped in on bass for She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.)
     
  18. And Your Bird Can Sing.

     
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  19. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    Check out Wings' Silly Love Songs. Definitly one of my favorite McCartney lines.

     
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  20. RichardW

    RichardW

    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Lots of good suggestions here, but I'll throw in Hey Bulldog, a tragically under-rated Beatles rocker with a killer bass line.

     
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