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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Darkhorse1962, May 10, 2018.
Nice job on the vocals. But I was waiting to hear the crystalline guitar tone at the end.
At tonight's rehearsal we did a couple new to us, "Rock & Roll Music" and "Ballad of John and Yoko" - a couple of fairly easy ones that rock pretty good. That particular band is gettin' out-of-control, 85 songs on our list now and adding 2 or 3 a month still . Other Beatles songs we do:
Back in the USSR
Birthday (This is a tougher one IMO)
Day Tripper (This is a tougher one IMO)
Eight Days a Week
Hard Day's Night
I Saw Her Standing There
Nowhere Man (I presently fake this one over the chords but it sounds OK)
Among the many Beatles songs we did, we also did some Wings songs:
Here are most of the Beatles songs we did:
Let it Be-Hey Jude
Ticket To Ride
Two of Us
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
And these related songs:
The Beatnix: Stairway to Heaven
Ringo Starr: It Don't Come Easy
The hardest thing about playing Beatles bass lines is the 432 hz tuning! Always have to tune my bass down slightly to play along with most of their recordings.
Tony Bacon & Gareth Morgan wrote a book called Paul McCartney: Playing the Great Beatles Basslines. It does a deep dive into nine songs with transcriptions and analyses.
Drive My Car
In My Life
You Won't See Me
I'm Only Sleeping
Great learning tool, but the most interesting point (for me) was this: the most intricate, complex Beatles basslines are usually on songs that where the lead singer was John Lennon. Paul McCartney is a master at playing and singing simultaneously, but these examples suggest even the great one has limits where you'll get better results on bass when producing vocals aren't a distraction.
No, but we did consider this band's songs.
"Drive My Car" is one of my favorite bass songs, though I don't know how difficult it is.
Nowhere Man is one of my favorites. I wish the bass was mixed louder, but here is a live video of my band performing it from a few years ago:
I learned it decades ago, but went back and re-learned after this video was taken. I/m fortunate that we have plenty of vocalists so I don't have to sing (which is a good thing.)
This is cool, I think I've watched some of your band's videos before.
I owned the White Book with all the Beatles transcriptions. Reading the fine print ruined my eyes.
It's not hard, but it's not really a bass line, either. It's a bass solo posing as a bass line. And it's fun and it's beautiful. It's the best example of why Paul McCartney was not just a very good bassist, but a great musician.
Unfortunately, I'm not that fortunate...I usually get stuck with the George middle part.
I’m sorry. I like the Beatles. I innately respect and admire their HUGE contribution to music the world over. However - the music is not difficult to play. That doesn’t mean it’s not great - because it is - but it’s not difficult for a bassist of even moderate proficiency ( me, on a good day)
Every guitarist, drummer or bass player I have been in a band with who has said this disappoints me greatly when we cover a Beatles song. Their music is easy to play yes; difficult to play and sound good, however.
Harrison said that he disliked the ultra-busy line that McCartney played on Something. Notice that McCartney's bass parts on his own slow ballads are always very simple.
It's a tour 'd force of McCartney. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, runs of various lengths, slides, some shredding (before there even was shredding), some 10 fret per second glissandos, and lots of other cool things.
I only got so close...
I have been using the Beatles Transcription book. https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Complete-Scores-Transcribed-Score/dp/0793518326
There are more than one bass parts. There was Lennon playing the most dominant part (Fender VI), McCartney playing a more straight forward line (likely on his Ric), and possibly George, too, according to Mark Lewisohn.