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Highway Star Bass solo? Help!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by manwiththedogs, Dec 18, 2006.


  1. I`ve been asked to play the organ solo in Deep Purple`s Highway Star as a bass part, and honestly, it`s giving me fits. It starts out easy enough, but soon breaks into these 16th note arpeggios. The only solution I`ve come up with that sounds even close is a tapping pattern on the G string. Problem is the stretch is killing my left hand:bawl:
    Anyone here tackled this or even something similar? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated:)
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    organs are definitely easier than basses for parts like that. I would load up on distortion and play something close ;)
     
  3. Yeah, I`m just gonna try and get as close as I can and hope it passes...
    :meh:
    Thanks for responding, btw.
     
  4. seequeue

    seequeue

    Feb 13, 2004
    for quick 3 note arpeggios like that, I've found the easiest way to play it is:

    ------11------
    ---12----12---
    14----------14

    instead of playing it on just 2 strings or trying to tap it on one string. It's a very common motif (for me anyways) to go up and down three strings very quickly with 2 fingers this way, so it's always a good technique to practice. The alternative I would do is:

    --7-11-7-
    9---------9

    but this requires more stretch, and it's harder to play as fast (I usually use 3 fingers to keep it up to a fast tempo). Depending on how close your gig(s) is, I would try to cut out the last note in the arpeggio and just play triplets for ease, but both the above fingerings I mentioned are really good to learn for future circumstances
     
  5. Ok, I`ll try both of these. I`ve got till 12/20 so between tapping and the techniques you guys mentioned I should be able to get something going.
    Thanks for the advice:)
     

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