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Help: 50's Basslines

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Bassist4Life, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I have a 50's gig coming up next month and I have to learn a bunch of 50's tunes. The tunes aren't difficult but I am so frustrated!!! :mad:

    You can barely hear the bass in these old recordings. Also, the tuning isn't A440... Was there a different tuning standard in the 50's for hit records? What tha' heck...

    I can transcribe these tunes, but the tuning issue is making me pull my hair out! Does anyone have experience with this?

  2. Thurisarz


    Aug 20, 2004
    What songs are you gonna play?
  3. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    We're going to do a lot of tunes. Here are just a few of them:

    Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
    Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
    Charlie Brown - The Coasters
    Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
    Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino

    Simple tunes, but hard to hear the bass. Did they have tuners back then? Just curious... Or did they tune to the piano? Someone must have tuned the piano, right? Especially if you were going to record a hit record... C'mon!