SIMPLE bass lines that make the song...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    First of all, a thank-you and a "shout out" to mrjim123 for the great thread on bass lines that literally "make the song". Well done and good show!

    Now, on to business. This is an off shoot of the same idea, with new criteria:

    1) The bass line must be simple. (read: pretty darned easy to play)
    2) The bass line must be obvious.
    3) The bass line must be fun to play.
    4) The bass line must ALSO "make the song".

    The whole point is to come up with songs that my beginning students will be interested in playing, instead of having them bring in RHCP and Primus and Victor Wooten all the time. I want to tell them sometimes, "Dude, I'm a bass teacher, not a magician!"

    Here's a few:

    "My Girl" - Temptations
    "If You Want Me To Stay" - Sly Stone

    What else?
  2. Billy Jean- Michael Jackson
  3. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  4. Off the top of my head, how about:

    We've Got To Get Out of This Place - The Animals
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

    Both are pretty easy, but without the bass line, there's no song.
  5. sidster


    Apr 15, 2008
    Norfolk, VA
    I gotta throw in Radar Love and Come Together.
  6. Radar love - Golden Earing
    I think this meets all the criteria
    OOOpS...sorry sidster ... next time I'll read the post above me .. lol
  7. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    walking on the moon
  8. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    Longview - Green Day

    no love lost - Joy Division

    Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
  9. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    Come Together - Paul McCartney
    Under Pressure - Bowie & Queen
  10. David Bowie - Let's Dance.

    PS: Someone should make a Wikipedia entry for Carmine Rojas.
  11. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
  12. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    another one bites the dust
  13. Just J

    Just J Guest

    Jul 27, 2007
    Sly Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
  14. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
  15. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    "Mystery Achievement" by The Pretenders. If you haven't heard it, go listen.
  16. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    My Sharona - The Knack
    My City Was Gone - The Pretenders
  17. dragon attack- queen
    cant turn you loose-otis redding
  18. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Exit- U2
    Slide- Slave
    Dazz- Brick (debatable)
  19. ReBass

    ReBass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Every Day I Write the Book - Elvis Costello
  20. When The Levee Breaks-Led Zepplin
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