The Predictable Bassist

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jblmusic1994, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Whether it be in Guitar Center or at a venue, there is always that lick/line that the bass player will always do..

    Some of them I can think of:
    Play a generic slap/pop line in E.
    Play "Money" by Pink Floydd

    What are some other painfully predictable things that bass players do?
  2. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    The walk in "Hey Joe".
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Double-stops from Lou Reed's Walk on the wild side?

    I like to play the old Batman theme. :)
  4. I'm not familiar with him or that piece, but is it the sliding tritone (3rd and b7th of dominant chord)?
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
  6. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Blame it on the fact that I'm still learning, but I'm guilty of over-using a few riffs…whether it's to warm up or to try out a bass hanging on the wall;
    • The incredibly simple slap-line of "Urgent" by Foreigner
    • "Notte In Bovisa" by Calibro35 (great jazz-groove song…if you haven't heard it, look it up)
    • The intro of "Defender" by Manowar
    • "Let's Groove" by Earth Wind and Fire

    Maybe, someday, I'll actually be proficient enough to start coming up with my own riffs, licks and chops. But until then, I'll keep pathetically falling back upon my "old reliables".
  7. I do the same thing. Not saying that playing at least one same lick every time you pick your instrument is bad.
    I always play Donna Lee. At least the first couples measures I can play. Just started transcribing.
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I always play "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell, "You Spin Me Round" by Dead Or Alive, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham, and "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
  9. I usually play a generic blues groove with double and triple stops in an open key. Spain, Jaco stuff I can barley still remember. Blackbird in triple stops then I run out of ideas. Haha occasionally I can recall a Parker head or two.
  10. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    Is this what bass players in general play, or what we personally play? Myself I play the riff from "Every Thing That You Do" by Wet Willie. It's somewhat obscure, but I was in a band with a conga player/singer who loved it. Or "Day Tripper" or the riff from "Cold Shot" by SRV.
  11. Actually I probably have a lot in common with you as I have played with the Platters and the Coasters...etc. but tried to be a Jazz player for many years. Haha.
  12. Sorry should have prefaced my comment with hey Jimmym.
  13. My old standby is the riff of Heart of the Sunrise. It always throws people off. My new standby is the riff in "Freddie's Dead" from the Curtis Mayfield song on the Superfly soundtrack. Again, no one ever does that one.

  14. I actually only play riffs I write when trying out new basses. That way I don 't bore the poor salespeople with the same old songs. I've had them come up to me and actually say "That's really cool! What song is that?". Plus, it's nice to know if a bass will work for MY writing, not someone else's.
  15. vstring3


    Oct 30, 2009
    I usually play the horn break in "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder.
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  16. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    if I hear another 13 year old butchering "tainted love", or "do you really want to hurt me" on a 7 string ibanez at guitar center, I'm gonna go postal....

    As for me, I always fall back on royalty free stuff (I'm afraid of getting sued by the original artists). I'll usually slap a few lines from Happy Birthday, Home on the Range, or "he's a jolly good fellow!"
  17. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Brick House!
  18. FerK


    Dec 11, 2011
    My usuals, to test versatility
    - Portrait of Tracy
    - RHCP's "Can't stop"
    - Iron Maiden's "Wrathchild"
    - Incognito's "Colibri"
  19. michael_l


    Aug 28, 2011
    "Aquarius" from Hair. Great bass-line, all in one, groove and slap included :)
  20. Spiffmeister

    Spiffmeister Meister of the Spiffs

    Apr 26, 2012
    I usually freestyle, trying out different play styles and genres.

    Mostly the freestyle starts with Cortez The Killer, and it escalates from there on... :)