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No Offense Intended...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by CrazyLegsMC, Jul 5, 2003.


  1. CrazyLegsMC

    CrazyLegsMC

    Jul 5, 2003
    Hey, as stated in my topic I dont mean to offend anyone.

    I play guitar and have the impression that bass is really easy in comparisson.

    I'd like to learn how to play bass so that i can play multiple insturments. im curious though as to if bass is actually a difficult instrument to play.

    can anyone suggest some examples of hard bass songs to play that i could dl and check out?
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    start with some red hot chili peppers, then make the jump to jaco pastorius. Youll see what we are all about.
     
  3. I'd like to hear everyone's responses on this..

    -Jonnay:oops:
     
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Jaco? maybe...

    How about some Willis or get him working on some Wooten?
     
  5. CrazyLegsMC

    CrazyLegsMC

    Jul 5, 2003
    lol i hope this thread doesnt go sour cuz I really would like some honest input.

    any stand out songs that are classic for bass?
     
  6. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    seriously. Try some Jaco Pastorious. Then Listen to some victor Wooten. Then try that. It's a great playing ability to shoot for. Seriously.
     
  7. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Like everyone else said - Jaco Pastorius, both solo, and the things he did with Weather Report.

    Here are some particular tunes:

    Weather Report - Teen Town
    Weather Report - Havona
    Jaco Pastorius - Donna Lee
    Jaco Pastorius - Portrait Of Tracy

    But *don't* make the mistake of thinking that just because you can play fast/hard things on the guitar, that you can play them on the bass.

    Like I said, very different animal.
     
  8. I suggest you play everything you consider hard on guitar, but on bass.. beggin playing only the roots of every chord and then grooving with the rest of the notes on them.. Or playing guitar solos you know on bass.. why not, uh?
     
  9. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Bass is easy sheesh :oops:


    Check out Jaco's arrangement of a bach piece entitled "chromatic fantasy"

    that is quite possibly one of the most insane songs I've ever heard played on a bass.
     
  10. ConU

    ConU

    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    Play the head,the changes and blow a chorus around the circle on Bird's "Confirmation",(@200)then we'll be impressed.:cool:
     
  11. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Any instrument is hard (i.e. requires time and effort) if one wants to become good at playing one.

    As far as songs, try Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." This song may not be as technical, per se, as Jaco's "Portrait of Tracy" or "Chromatic Fantasy." However, try and nail the feel of the song. That is the key.
     
  12. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    It's all very subjective. Many bassists prefer a good clean groove. Looks easy, and it may or may not be, but either way, it's good, and good for the song. I know I love a good groove. Then there are the bassists who take it to the extreme, as mentioned above. I personally think bass is just as difficult as any other instrument when played in a certain way, but whether or not it's always that way really depends on the player and the song. Reggae for example could have a very simple bassline, but it must be very accurate to the beat, and executed flawlessly. I think subtle details in technique with bass are much more important than guitar, and that is why many people don't notice them.
     
  13. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Or then again, not accurate to the beat, but rather - way behind it :D
     
  14. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    No offense taken. Here's your answer.

    Your impression is completely wrong. Bass is as hard to play well as anything else.
     
  15. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Or then again, accurate in terms of how it is placed relative to the beat.;)
     
  16. Just like any instrument if you want to suck yes it is easy.

    I am sure there are some kick arse kazoo players somewhere.
     
  17. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Learn all bass parts from this album, expecially the track Marie:

    John McLaughlin Trio - Que Alegria
     
  18. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Bass is easy as you make it.

    I can say guitar is way easier than bass if I just got play powerchord, and Blink182 songs, and bland easy stuff like that.

    But then If I go try to ply something like Stevie Ray, Yngwie Malmsteen, or BB King, Then I'd see how guitar is a much more difficult instrument to play.

    Yes, bass is easier than guitar, if you play simple, follow the root of the guitar, no brains needed songs.

    I think from a technical aspect, bass is harder than guitar. Hand position, fretting mistakes, how to get the best fingering technique. There's a lot going on to play a bass well.
     
  19. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    ding ding ding!! We have a winnner.
     
  20. try Classical Thump by Victor Wooten, some Jaco and maybe some Primus or anything with Les Claypool :D ~ Tyler