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Need help on country

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tye2k3, Jun 20, 2003.

  1. tye2k3


    Jan 3, 2003
    Hi, I haven't been really playing the bass for too long, about 4 months. I've been playing in an orchestra type band at school, today I'm getting my first sense of actuall playing, I'm playing along with some country. Can anyone give me a few lines that go well with country music, old country and newer stuff. Thanks
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Older country is easy. The most basic country bass line is playing the root of the chord on beat 1 and the fifth of the chord on beat 3. In other words, an "oom-pah" bass line.

    In modern country you might hear almost anything, a lot of rock and roll lines get used.
  3. XxBassmanxX


    Nov 21, 2001
    Rosman NC
    Old country tunes are a real good start for playing bass! You best bet is to pickout the notes by ear and learn a few of the "classics" Youll notice alot of the older songs use the same chords/rhythms/positions. Goodluck!

    Oh yeah...




    Those are some very basic lines that you can try for fun :)

  4. kindablue


    Jun 15, 2003
    Are there any good tab sites that i can find classic country,honky tonk bass lines?hank williams,patsy cline,etc.