Hardest song to play on a bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by bryan bailey, Jun 1, 2003.

  1. Warning!: This may be a very dumb discision on my part. But I think the most difficult song to play on a bass guitar is Potrait of Tracy by Jaco himself. Any other super tough ones?
  2. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    "Over", by A Perfect Circle

    Seriously, though, this has been done before.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Paganini's Moto Perpetuo.
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Chromatic fantasy, also by jaco...is probably the most difficult song I have ever encountered.
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    This one...


    It wouldn't be THAT hard... but the tempo is... a million.
  6. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Teen Town - Jaco
  7. Probably a song written for a piccolo, There would be some crazy high notes that you probably couldnt play on a bass.But, someone, somewhere can. Maybe on mars or in Des Moines.
  8. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I'm gonna agree with Chris and say Paganini's- Moto Perpetuo
  9. herrera


    Feb 15, 2002
    sceptic universe by spiral architect
  10. Coypu

    Coypu Banned

    Feb 24, 2003
    ugh, horrible song... Has anyone played it on bass?
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Are any of these songs as such?

    Doesn't a song have to be sung? ;)

    Can a bass guitar sing - well maybe, but not literally - so any song is impossible, by definition! :D
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Leave it to Bruce LindfEiLdY to ride the technicalities ;) :D :p
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Wow, that DOES look really tough. I don't even have a 99th fret on my basses.
  14. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    The hardest song to play on bass...

    A bass transcription of the piano part for Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto in D.

    I'm sure WR can play, it though :D
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Is that a challenge? :D
  16. Yup.
  17. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    "Kiss" by Prince.
  18. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Funny. Along those lines, I'd recommend "When Doves Cry."
  19. yay!!!
    that's such a TB classic.