Last 5 songs you learned (or relearned)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ELG60, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    @Matthew_84 recently posted a thread: "Can't/Won't Stick to one Genre, and for some reason, that elicits the question in my mind of what were the last five songs you learned?

    Why did you learn them? For a gig? An audition? Just for fun because you like the bassline, or to accomplish/improve a particular skill? Your list could, of course include original material.

    If I put my mind to it, my list includes:
    Bodhisattva by Steely Dan ( I half-@ssed learned it about 40 years ago but it was long forgotten); Still Got the Blues- Gary Moore version; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Smooth Operator by Sade; Tin Man by 'Merica, and The Chicken- more the Pastorius version than James Brown, but with much more limited ability.

    These were in most cases, chosen because I like the songs, but also felt that learning them would improve some aspect(s) of my playing, although The Chicken was chosen because it was often called at a blues jam I regularly attended prior to lockdown and when/if it resumes, if it's called out while I'm up, I don't want to "chicken" out again.

    A couple of them still need a bit of practice, admittedly, but I can play them.
  2. The last song I learned/am leaning is Ella Fitzgerald’s “Easy To Love” because I wanted to replicate her singing melody on my fretless.

    I recently came back from a long break on bass, and since coming back have mostly been playing along to jazz standards and hip-hop songs, and I haven't really learned any of these songs (as in seriously transcribed them, or learned them note for note), but I feel like the last songs I learned before this break were Black Chamber’s “Other Days”, “Molduga Battle” from the Zelda BOTW, the Michael Myers (Halloween) Theme (both melody and bass), and Rush’s “Working Man”.

    It’s all a wide range of music, but was all stuff I just wantes to learn or figure out.

    I was trying to play some harder stuff last night, and while I had learned Tool’s “The Pot” a few years ago, I completely fo4et everything except the main riff, so I’m going to relearn that after I get this Ella song under my belt and perfected.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    After a few months layoff from rehearsals due to covid, my guitarist and I have decided to try rehearse starting in the next week or two in case we can salvage half of the season and just for fun.

    Apropos of that, yesterday I reviewed Wave, Corcovado, Besame Mucho, Work Song and Satin Doll plus a few others.
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  4. These new to me songs were learned for an audition. I was already familiar with most of the other stuff on the song list:
    Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care

    I like the Wilburys song a lot.

    These were learned, rehearsed and played with a pick up band for a party last fall:
    4 Non Blondes-Spaceman
    Eagles - Already Gone
    Led Zeppelin - What Is And Never Should Be
    Linda Ronstadt - When Will I Be Loved
    Linda Ronstadt-It's So Easy
    Miley Cyrus - Jolene
    Sheryl Crow-My Favorite Mistake
    Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is A Winding Road
    Tedeschi Trucks Band - Midnight In Harlem
    The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
    Tom Petty - You Wreck Me

    These went over very well. I had played with the guitar player before but the singer and drummer were new to me. Unfortunately scheduling conflicts prevented this band from continuing.
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i'm finding that old stuff (played for years!) is a "re-learning" experience for me! :laugh:

    pre-lockdown, newest (to me) first:
    1. a tune by lettuce for the gig (new to me).
    2. relearned a re-arranged medley: groovin' and lovely day.
    3. relearned a wayne shorter tune (pinnochio).
    4. re-acquainted uptown up - maceo
    5. we're re-tooling a bunch of original stuff so those bass parts are changing. i guess that counts.

    all i got.
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  6. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Yeah, I would think that it counts as well.
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  7. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    1) She Caught the Katy (transcription)
    2) Stop Draggin my Heart Around (by ear)
    3) Autumn Leaves (transcription)
    4) Pain of a Troubled Life - Allison Kraus (learning the vocals)
    5) Ain’t no Mountain High Enough (transcription)
  8. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Thunderkiss - Rob Zombie
    Atomic Punk - VH
    22 Acacia Avenue - Iron Maiden
    Scar - Predator
    Green Light - Predator

    Last two songs are originals we just wrote. We're prepping a set for an August gig that we are the headliners of.
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  9. BishopHastur

    BishopHastur Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2014
    So. Cal.
    Last five I've been working on (can't honestly say that I've learned them at this point).
    Grigory Leps - A Glass of Vodka on the Table
    John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom Boom
    The Pretenders - My City Was Gone
    The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
    The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
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  10. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    An eclectic mix.
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  11. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Also an eclectic mix.
  12. GManfromOz


    Jul 27, 2016
    Walk like an Egyptian -afterburner version
    God save The Queen - pistols
    Ties your mother down - queen
    Beds are burning - midnight oil
    Ballroom blitz - the sweet
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  13. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Plush- STP
    Imagine- John Lennon
    Dangerous- Shaman's Harvest
    Whole Lotta Rosie- AC/DC
    Control- Puddle of Mudd
  14. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Coincidentally, I was prepping to learn Ballroom Blitz earlier today but I didn't get to it.
  15. Pancho and Lefty
    It Ain’t Me Babe
    Ramble On
    You Wear it Well
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  16. Diminishedfilth

    Diminishedfilth Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2020
    Since I’ve recently got another 5-string, I’ve been exploring a lot of synth bass lines. From 80’s new wave, all the way to recent R&B.
    I have no expectations of ever performing those songs, but glad to be reminded of how satisfying it is to be able to ring out that open b-string.
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  17. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Five is way too ambitious for me, I get easily distracted. Today I learned Pump It Up by Elvis Costello, as a huge Bruce Thomas fan I’m surprised that I didn’t get to this one for around 40 years. His genius is all in there, that song is as much fun to play as I suspect that Elizabeth Hurley is.
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  18. Working on the trumpet part, to play on guitar (not bass) to the Gene Krupa version of ‘All By Myself’ by Irving Berlin. I used to play it on trumpet .
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  19. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    I had to learn several songs that I could play & sing for for a gig, because the rock trio I’ve been in for close to 30 years have a couple members that have had some health issues and can’t sing as much as they once could.

    if that seems strange, you’ll understand when you get to that age...

    Time - Pink Floyd
    Times Like These - Foo Fighters
    Cumbersome - 7 Mary 3 (I think they’ve been asked to change their name)
    Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
    Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

    I learned a few others, but I think these are the last five I learned or re-learned. I had played Time in a couple other bands, but I didn’t sing it, so that is a re-learn.

    I learned Times Like These a few years ago to play at an annual pig roast that had been going on for 30 years. The couple that put it on said 30 years was enough, so they were quitting that year. I played at #1 & #30 and I forget how many times I played in between, but it was several.

    I wanted to do Vanilla Queen by Golden Earring, but it’s even older & way out of the mainstream, so I went with the big 80’s song “Twilight Zone”. Surprisingly, it gets a good crowd reaction.

    I took over singing Cumbersome from the guitarist to get another one on my list and off his.

    Hot Legs - I have no idea why I put this one on my list. I think it was one I heard on the radio while jamming and discovered I could play and sing it at the same time. It also gets a surprisingly exuberant reaction from the crowd. One of those songs that makes a lot of folks grin....
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2020
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  20. westrock


    Nov 18, 2007
    SWLABR, Cream
    Come Dancing, Jeff Beck
    Stand Back, ABB
    Blue Sky, ABB
    The Real Me, Who