Spaghetti Western Bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by frianbisher, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. frianbisher


    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    Hi guys,

    I have been playing Red Dead Redemption lately and the spaghetti western soundtrack is just plain awesome. I'd really like to experiment with this style of music but I dont know where to begin. It almost sounds like a form of minimalist surf rock to me.

    Any reccomended listening or basic patterns for basslines that you guys know of? Are there any common guitar chords or chord progressions that are used.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Petethebassman


    Mar 7, 2008
    Recommended listening? Go to the source and get a good collection of Ennio Morricone.
  3. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Very interested. Where did you find the soundtrack, or what source can you recommend in finding another?

    Also, mods might want to move to recordings section?
  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    In a similar vein are tunes by Al Caiola. Here are a few.

  5. frianbisher


    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    Cool thanks guys, also, I know the read dead redemption soundtrack is available on itunes. One of the tracks has a real cool old vintage p-bass sound.
  6. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Great links! I have one that is by Jet Harris played on a Fender VI bass guitar. Tuned like a guitar but one octive down. Real cool !! Besame Mucho
  7. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Also check out soundtracks by Angelo Badalamenti. There's often baritone guitar with tremolo and reverb, a very haunting sound.
  9. If you're interested, check out the game "Gundead Defense" on iTunes (for iPod/iPhone) - my band did the soundtrack in the style of post-apocalyptic zombie western :D

    I used my Stingray (tuned BEAD) and my jazz, I think. Also played some baritone guitar doubled with the BEAD bass, that's how you get that thick, tic-tac bass sound!!
  10. fryBASS


    Aug 8, 2006
    New Haven, CT
    Did someone say Spegetti Western?
  11. Just love Spaghetti Westerns, the music the places the characters, one of my favorites is "My Name Is Nobody" Morricone and the other composer arrangers were so clever using unusual instruments.
  12. behndy

    behndy Inactive

    Nov 1, 2008
  13. mccartneyman

    mccartneyman Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
  14. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Are you guys talking about A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and Once Upon a Time in the West?

    Waa-i-a-i-aaah waah waah waaaaah!
  15. frianbisher


    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    Great now I'm fighting the urge to buy a JazzVI....but thanks for the great links guys. It also looks like you can't go wrong with A minor...
  16. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    My father (bless his heart) has soundtracks for all those Clint Eastwood movies (Fist full of dollars, etc.) He loves that stuff!
  17. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The soundtrack for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is outstanding!
  18. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
  19. You could also have a listen to some of the Pickin On series
    Bluegrass covers, sounds like it shouldn't work but some of it does.
    Have a listen to Pickin on Led Zeppelin (
    That Seasick Steve, Ennio Morricone and Johnny Cash featured pretty heavily on the playlist when I was playing through Red Dead Redemption
  20. There's a sound in the RDR music that pops up often that sounds like the Mellotron "electric guitar" tapes.