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Looking for beginners songs

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Whispers, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Whispers


    Apr 30, 2010
    Redondo Beach
    Hello everyone at Talk Bass,

    I am a new bassist and I am want fellow bassists opinions on what I should try learning first in my baby steps life as a bassist. I prefer things after the 90's but anything will do.
  2. yehongxiang


    Dec 15, 2009
    That Thing You Do - The Wonders
    Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
    Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
    Cocaine - Eric Clapton
    New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
    Beginner's Luck - Eels
    Drops of Jupiter - Train
    Fire - Jimi Hendrix
    Something - Beatles
    Ballad of John and Yoko - Beatles
    Come Together - Beatles
    Helter Skelter - Beatles
    Bell Bottom Blues - Eric Clapton
    No Matter What - Badfinger
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    Time is Running Out - Muse
    Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Best thing is to listen carefully to music you like and try to figure it out by ear. You'll be able to tell pretty quickly if it's too complicated for you. For 90s and after, Weezer, Barenaked Ladies, and OK Go come to mind for me, also Oasis. But that's my taste. U2 is also always good to learn with: Adam Clayton generally plays pretty simple bass lines which are still oddly satisfying to listen to.
  4. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Washington State
    Here's a long LONG laundry list of songs picked from my personal library of music. They're all pretty easy, but still groovin' songs. Enjoy.

    Passage to Bangkok - Rush
    Heart Breaker - Led Zeppelin
    I'm the coolest - Alice cooper
    It's Hot Tonight - Alice Cooper
    Rain When i Die - Alice in Chains
    Rooster - Alice in Chains
    Bleed the Freak - Alice in Chains
    Teddy Picker - Arctic monkeys
    Fake Tales of San Francisco - Arctic Monkeys
    My Town - Armor For sleep
    Dream to Make Believe- Armor For Sleep
    Truth about Heaven - Armor for sleep
    The Hoard - As Cities Burn
    Contact - As Cities Burn
    Empire - As Cities Burn
    Stab City - As Tall As Lions
    Song For Luna - As Tall As Lions
    A Break, A Pause - As Tall As Lions
    Love Love (love love) - As Tall As Lions
    Ghost of York - As Tall As Lions
    Milk and honey - As Tall As Lions
    Be Here Now - As Tall As Lions
    Break Blossom - As Tall As Lions
    Into The Flood - As Tall As Lions
    We're the ones that keep you warm at night -As Tall As Lions
    96 heartbeats - As Tall As Lions
    Circles - As Tall As Lions
    Sixes and Sevens - As Tall As Lions
    Go Easy - As Tall As Lions
    In Case of Rapture - As Tall As Lions
    Is This Tomorrow? - As Tall As Lions
    Not the american Average - Asking Alexandria
    Dub Fire- Aswad
    Bammie Blow - Aswad
    Zion I - Aswad
    Millie Fell off the fire escape - Atmosphere
    Mother's Day - Atmosphere
    Trying to find a balance - Atmosphere
    Reflections - Atmosphere
    Dreamer - Atmosphere
    Painting - Atmosphere
    Wild Wild Horses - Atmosphere
    Stick Stickly - Attack Attack!
    Catfish Soup - Attack Attack!
    Followed the waves - Auf Der Maur
    Taste You - Auf Der Maur
    Skin Reciever - Auf Der Maur
    Willing Enabler - Auf Der Maur
    White Washed - August Burns Red
    Marianas Trench - August Burns Red
    Quarantine - At the Drive in
    The First Song - Band of Horses
    Is There a Ghost? - Band of Horses
    Island on the coast - Band of Horses
    Weed Party - Band of Horses
    Hell Yes - Beck
    Sexx Laws - Beck
    Minus - Beck
    When the night feels my song - Bedouin Soundclash
    Shelter - Bedouin Soundclash
    Money Worries - Bedouin Soundclash
    Gyasi Went Home - Bedouin Soundclash ( good scales in here )
    Shadow of a man - Bedouin Soundclash
    A Kiss a Week- Big D & the Kids Table
    Been Wishing on - Big D & the Kids Table
    Wailling paddle - Big D & the Kids Table
    If We want to - Big D & the Kids Table
    She's Lovely - Big D & the Kids Table
    Shining On - Big D & the Kids Table
    She knows her way - Big D & the Kids Table
    Describing the Sky - Big D & The Kids Table
    Cut The Curtains - Billy Talent
    Public Service Announcement - The Bravery
    Shiver - Coldplay
    Carrying Over - Deadsy
    The Perfect Crime No. 2 - The Decemberists
    Danger: Wildman - The Devil Wears Prada
    Start Choppin' - Dinosaur Jr.
    Ugly - Dir En Grey
    You're Lost Little Girl - The Doors
    Bug Eyes - Dredg
    Ode To The Sun - Dredg
    Planting Seeds - Dredg
    Lights - Editors
    Munich - Editors
    Make Tonight - Emanuel
    The Barbarian - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    Returning The Smile You Have Had From The Start - Emery
    I Disappear - The Faint
    I Just Got This Symphony Goin' - Fall of Troy
    Lame Face- Feable Weiner
    Payback - Flaw
    A Fistfight for our fathers - The Forecast
    Two as one - From First To Last
    Storytelling - Funeral For A Friend
    Leeches - Gallows
    Working at Perfekt - Geddy Lee
    Evil - Interpol
    Remember Tomorrow - Iron Maiden
    Spanish Castle Magic - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Metal Gods - Judas Priest
    The Rage - Judas Priest
    Charmer - Kings of Leon
    Sea To Sea - Matisyahu
    Exaltation - Matisyahu
    Chez Viking - The Mercury Program
    Katos - The Mercury Program
    Mary Without Sound - Motion City Soundtrack
    My Favourite accident - Motion City Soundtrack
    ***? - OKgo
    Up Against The Wall - Peter Bjorn and John
    Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
    Hurry Up - Poco
    People Say - Portugal the Man
    Lovers In Love - Portugal The Man
    Dragon Attack - Queen
    Sleeping on the Sidewalk - Queen
    Nude - Radiohead
    Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh Huh - The Rapture
    Bright Side of Life - Rebelution
    From the Window - Rebelution
    Dubzilla - Rebelution
    Too Rude - Rebelution
    Courage To Grow - Rebelution
    Heart Like A Lion - Rebelution
    Feeling Alright - Rebelution
    Other Side - Rebelution
    Get Well Soon - Reggie and the Full Effect
    What the Hell is a Stipulation - Reggie and the Full Effect
    Caving - Reggie and the Full Effect
    Chicago X12 - Rogue Wave
    Out of Control - Rufio
    Lakeside Park - Rush
    Closer to the heart- Rush
    In The End - Rush
    Witch Hunt - Rush
    Jacob's Ladder - Rush
    Entre Nous - Rush
    Different Strings - Rush
    Grand Designs - Rush
    Manhattan Project - Rush
    Middletown Dreams - Rush
    Emotion Detector - Rush
    The Pass - Rush
    Leave That Thing Alone - Rush
    Superconductor - Rush
    Available Light - Rush
    bravado - Rush
    Roll The Bones - Rush
    Ghost of a Chance - Rush
    In The Mood - Rush
    New World Man - Rush
    Peaceable Kingdom - Rush
    Twilight Zone - Rush
    Come Close - Saosin
    The Deep end - Scary Kids Scaring Kids
    Faces - Scary Kids Scaring Kids
    A Hero Loses Everyday - Silverstein
    Waste it on - Silversun Pickups
    Growing Old is Getting Old - Silversun Pickups
    Hot Sauce - Son Seals Blues band
    How Could She leave me- Son Seals Blues Band
    Another Leather Lung - The Sound of Animals Fighting
    Guns of memorial Park - Sparta
    Breaking the Broken - Sparta
    Lines in Sand - Sparta
    I Got the News - Steely Dan
    Night By Night - Steely Dan
    Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
    Up All Night - Unwritten Law
    Sound Siren - Unwritten Law
    Seein' Red - Unwritten Law
    Lady In Black - Uriah Heep
    Simon The Bullet Freak - Uriah Heep
    Stealin' - Uriah Heep
    Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt - We Are Scientists
    Inaction - We Are Scientists
    The Scene is Dead- We are Scientists
    Can't Lose - We are Scientists
    Cash Cow - We are Scientists
    Lousy Reputation - We are Scientists
    I've Got This Feelin' - Westbound Train
    Snappy Kakkie - ZZTop
    Master of Sparks - zztop
    Axes of Evil - Three Inches of Blood
    Destroy the orcs - Three inches of Blood
    Forest King - Three Inches of Blood
    Half Life - 10 Years
    Through The Iris - 10 Years
    Waking Up - 10 Years
  5. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
  6. Soverntear


    Mar 17, 2008

    Thanks for making it alphabetical, great post
  7. slaps76


    Jul 10, 2008
    Medford, MA
    Audioslave, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer. One of the first songs I learned was Prison Sex by Tool, which is easy as far as Tool goes and a fun song to play.
  8. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Washington State
    There are a lot of songs and bands out there, you just have to pick your favourite sounding. learning easy songs isnt always the best approach. It's good to learn a couple easy songs at first to learn and grasp the concept, but you should gradually switch to more and more challenging songs to test your mettle.
  9. My first song was Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.
  10. the general

    the general

    Jul 8, 2008
    Three Days Grace - Just Like You
    Blink 182 - Whats My Age Again
    The Police - Walking On the Moon
    Sublime - Pawnshop
    The Pixies - Dig For Fire
    Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
    The Clash - Guns of Brixton
    Rage Against the Machine - Guerilla Radio
    Slightly Stoopid - Wiseman
    The Offspring - Pretty Fly(For a White Guy)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down on the Corner
    Spacehog - In the Meantime
    Thats all i can think of at the top of my head. But search TalkBass for more songs, because this topic has been answered and covered more than once
  11. listen to motown - you'll get your chops up AND learn alot about arpeggios and chords etc. I knew a lot about theory before I touched a bass, but it was still helpful to me. every so often when I have a sec, I go to youtube and find a motown video I don't know and figure it out. . .

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