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Most challenging bass lines

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassrob68, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. bassrob68

    bassrob68 Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Here's a good one; list the bass lines you learned that really challenged and improved your skills and abilities. These can include any genre of music. Here are 10 of mine listed as song, artist and bassist

    1) a remark you made- weather report (Jaco)
    2) Xanadu- rush (Geddy Lee)
    3) parallel universe- chili peppers (Flea)
    4) the real me- the who (John Entwistle)
    5) to tame a land- iron maiden (Steve Harris)
    6) bassically/nib- sabbath (Geezer Butler)
    7) what's going on- Marvin Gaye (Jamerson)
    8) I was made to love her- Stevie Wonder (Jamerson)
    9) crossroads- cream (Jack Bruce)
    10) the lemon song- Zeppelin (John Paul Jones)
    What are some of your proudest bass accomplishments?
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I really don't find anything very challenging anymore but over the 36 years of playing here are some of the songs which I feel challenged me and improved my playing.

    "The Real Me" - The Who
    "My Generation" - The Who
    "Let It Rain" Eric Clapton
    "Carry On Wayward Son" - Kansas
    "YYZ" - Rush
    "Good Times Bad Times" - Led Zeppelin
  3. High class in borrowed shoes by max webster is one that comes to mind
  4. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Weather Report/Havona
    Jaco/Chromatic Fantasy..I'd run and hide if asked to play this one.
    Jaco/Donna Lee
  5. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Santa Rosa - Gino Vannelli
    Birdland - Weather Report
    Donna Lee - Jaco
    A long time ago Tarkus - ELP
  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Any time I play a song well, I am proud.
  7. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    I prefer to think of it in terms of shelves or plateaus that I have reached.

    The " shelves" in my career so far have been:

    Soul to squeeze- chilli peppers
    Won't get fooled again- the who
    That smell- skynard

    Many more to come I'm sure.
  8. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Molly's lips by Nirvana (technically a cover of The Vaselines but i never heard the original)

    It's two notes over and over (actually might be an open string before switching to each now that i think of it). It's hard because you tend to fall asleep before the end of the song.
  9. Fun songs:
    Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
    I Want You Back - Jackson 5 (?)
    Higher Ground - RHCP (Flea)
    So What - Miles Davis

    Biggest mountains:
    Sight reading bass in Jazz bands and Orchestra for Musicals
    Singing & playing walking basslines on DB at the same time.
  10. Chuck Rainey's bass line on Steely Dan's “Peg”
  11. WalWarrior

    WalWarrior Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Maryland Suburbs
    Colorado Bulldog, and addicted to that RUSH - Mr Big
    Cupid's dead - Extreme

    I'm a huge Geddy freak so I love to learn everything he does. As soon as a RUSH record comes out, I'm in the SHED with the IEM's in to learn all in it's entirety.
  12. ilovenofrets


    Dec 25, 2010
    A very proud moment when I could finally play along to the entire Side A of 2112. And keeping up with Mel Schacher on Grand Funk Railroad-Got This Thing On The Move.
  13. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    XTC's Mayor of Simpleton whilst singing Graham Moulding's harmony part:meh:.
  14. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
    Teen Town - Jaco

    Power - Marcus Miller

    Donna Lee - Jaco (I noticed a lot of people like this melody)
  15. KeddyLee


    Nov 12, 2013
    The 4 second bass solo in La Villa Strangiato by Rush. Haha. Really made me appreciate speed, especially to a hard to follow drum groove.
  16. I've never heard of some of these songs, can't wait to go try them out.
    Meanwhile, Bite it Like a Bulldog by Lordi has some ho/po work going on and it took me a while. Ultimately fun to play once you get that one tough riff down. It's even harder on guitar!
  17. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Colin Moulding?
  18. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Took me a while to nail Dead Kennedys "Ill In The Head'.

    Very satisfying once I did, though.
  19. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Um, er, yeah. Colin:bag: