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saddest bass line ever?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by wobble man, Mar 9, 2013.


  1. wobble man

    wobble man

    Feb 15, 2013
    IMO the technical aspects of playing bass can be perfected by anyone willing to put in enough hours of practice, but really using the instrument to convey emotion is another matter... though it requires technique of course as well.

    I am a fan of Tony Levin, and when I first bought a copy of Lou Reed's Berlin years back, I was psyched when I saw Levin played bass on a track. Having first becoming a TL fan after seeing Peter Gabriel live, it is somewhat different here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY_i-R2ldyA

    His use of space and the weepiness of the fretless is just genius on one of the saddest rock albums ever made.

    So I am just curious... Can anyone name a truly sad bass line? One that really moves you?
     
  2. skee616

    skee616

    Sep 21, 2011
    Rochester MN
    Weather Report - A Remark You Made - does it for me every time.
     
  3. cjmodulus

    cjmodulus

    Jul 15, 2010
    'Round here' by counting crows is one for me. That whole song is pretty sad, but the way that Matt malley builds up the bass line on that last chorus with the vocals... I get chills every time I play along to it.
     
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  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    +1. I was gonna say this. For me, Jaco's ballad playing is even more impressive than his 16th-notes-of-fury.
     
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  5. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
  6. Big +1. Love this tune. Or anything in D minor, the saddest of all keys.
     
  7. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Cliff's line on Fade to Black has always held a kind of sombreness to me.
     
  8. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    THIS. One of the most beautiful bass lines ever.
     
  9. They're a sad band.:D
     
  10. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    I always thought John Myung's bass playing starting at 3:07 of Dream Theater's In The Presence of Enemies pt 1 was sad.

    Born of the Flickering by Old Man's child.
     
  11. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Oh, that one reminds me. Through Her Eyes.
     
  12. sandmangeck

    sandmangeck

    Jul 2, 2007
    Colorado
    The saddest song or Lilah by Morphine.
     
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  13. bcgd

    bcgd

    May 27, 2008
  14. NOFX - "Whoops I OD'd"
     
  15. ProgRocker

    ProgRocker

    Mar 25, 2011
    Agreed!
     
  16. BenBL

    BenBL

    Jun 25, 2012
    Song for Our Fathers - Explosions in the Sky
     
  17. Anything in D minor instantly makes me weep.
     
  18. blackest_frank

    blackest_frank

    Feb 1, 2013
    Anything I play is pretty sad...
     
  19. halfjackson

    halfjackson

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Morphine might just be my favorite band ever. Certainly in the conversation. I'll say "The Night" by Morphine (Mark Sandman).

    Can't go wrong with "A Remark You Mad" by Weather Report.
     
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  20. Tupac

    Tupac

    May 5, 2011
    Lol'd.
     
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