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Help me out with "Seven Nation Army"

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    This is completely true: a girl just asked me to help her make a dubstep version of "Seven Nation Army". Trouble is, I'm not really into classic rock. I haven't heard this song except for about 30 seconds of a country cover - Oak Ridge Boys, I think?

    So, please tell me whatever it is I need to know about this song to make a dubstep version. Or I'll have to make a dubstep version based on vague memories of a country version.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Seven Nation Army is classic rock?

    What is it that you want to know? It's a super easy song and probably wouldn't take any seasoned player more than 10 minutes to nail.
  3. Listening to it first might help. Look it up on Youtube. If you're confident in your ability to change the rhythm around to put the main riff into a dubstep rhythmic context, than you're set.

    Personally, I'm finding dubstep a little hackneyed these days. I know it's the latest thing weven if it's been that way for years now), but aside from bass wobble, big half-time beats, and epic-sounding string pads behind it, there doesn't seem to be anything there. There also don't seem to be many ways to vary the basic phenotype of it, which
    is why I think the process should be easy enough for you.

    That said, my personal taste is only my business. Best of luck with it, and enjoy!

    Also, this post is in the wrong forum, SNA isn't a classic rock song, and I get the feeling that this a troll thread..... hence it being in the "jokes" section. To be honest, the entire concept of making dubstep mixes out of anything is trolling, IMO.
  4. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    "Seven Nation Army" is the new "Smoke on the Water". It would take you less than 10 minutes to learn. It's by The White Stripes and came out around 2002.

    Now you have me searching for the Oak Ridge Boys version on YouTube.

    Edit: Sweet Jesus. It really exists.
  5. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    Wasnt it played on a guitar originally. ..I thought I read that somewhere. Incidentally, to play smoke on the water correct it actually takes more than 10 minutes. Alot of 8th note passages that are different every time and the solo section is kind of a long non repeating run that changes key from G to C but is different every measure. Hell the bass doesnt even play the patented guitar riff which mostly people are alluding to...lol
  6. verycoolname


    Jan 28, 2013
    Yeah, The White Stripes only had two members (guitarist/vocals and drummer), so Jack just played the "bass" part on his guitar while using an octave pedal.

    As for the OP, Seven Nation Army is fairly simple to pick up, and I'm sure there's several backing beats for dubstep online.
  7. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    It's a dirt simple ostinato. YouTube it and you'll have it learned in less than 10 minutes.
  8. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY

    What. The. Flarg.
  9. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
  10. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    That's true about the bass line on "Smoke". I was comparing "Smoke" and "Seven" because the main riffs are super easy and instantly recognizable.

    If a band covers "Seven", the bass would play the main riff. There's nothing else for bass to do in that song.
  11. I'm still shaking my head over 2002 songs being called 'classic rock' LOL!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!
  12. Mr Grady

    Mr Grady

    Feb 26, 2006
    we do cover of it.

  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    lol man am I getting ancient :)
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I now have zero self esteem.I was just sticking my chest out about how young I look time to crawl back under my rock.
  15. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    10 minutes? Really? Does something different happen after the first 30 seconds that I would need to pay attention to? And do I need to look up the original? Or can I just go by the first 30 seconds of the Oak Ridge Boys version?
    It's all true though. A girl really did ask me to make a dubstep version of a song that I've only heard 30 seconds of a country cover of. I could have some fun with that. And since I remember reading that the original had no bass, let's ask bassists for advice how to do this.
  16. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    It's really the same riff over and over again. E - G - E - D - C - B. Except in the chorus it adds a little skip back to the D: E - G - E - D -C - D - C - B, and then ends the chorus (low) G... A.... and back to the main riff. That's the whole song. I think the original was recorded in guitar using an octave pedal.
  17. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    ...or you could look the original up on YouTube.

    The hardest part of this, however, is sitting still and listening for approximately three-to-four minutes. There is also the part where the riff changes slightly. So I can totally understand that you'd prefer to have us give you a precis of the song.
  18. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Ugh, little skips in the chorus. That means I might have to listen to the whole thing after all, which is too bad because I was hoping to be as clueless and confused as possible. It's more fun that way. Do I really have to listen to the original though? Can I just listen to the whole Oak Ridge Boys version instead? Or does that not have the same little skips?

    Fortunately I asked what kind of dubstep she wants and she sends me the A-Trak remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll". Now I got confusion to spare.
  19. Just listen to the damn thing already! :p:D
  20. how bizarre how bizarre