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Was Mccartney good at his bass playing in the beginning of the Beatles?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Nicklas, Feb 18, 2004.

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  1. Nicklas


    Mar 15, 2003
    I just saw her Standing there is a pretty good bass song......so he must have done a lot of songs on bass before that because from the beginning Paul was a lead guitarr player.
  2. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    hey look, a McCartney thread by nicklas :cool:
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im currently doing a report on him and in the beginning he said he wasnt great., He would make very boring and basic basslines.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    McCartney's bassline on "I Saw Her Standing There" was a GUITAR figure lifted from a Chuck Berry tune(Mac openly admits he 'stole' it).
    When I get home, I'll name the Berry tune in-question.

    The early footage of McCartney playing "I Saw Her Standing There" is almost painful...no 'economy of motion' happenin', he's flailing all the place.
  5. ccyork


    Jan 26, 2004
    I once saw a documentary on the Beatles, and if I remember correctly, Paul was not a bass player in the beginning, but he took it up because their bass player quit and they needed someone to fill the hole. So he probably had some sort of learning curve at the beginning where he wasn't a "great" player. But being the musician that he is, I'm sure the learning curve wasn't too "great".

    Isn't that the way many people get into bass? I started out playing guitar, but it just didn't make sense for our band to have two guitarists and no bass. No one else wanted to play bass, so I said "why not?" I'm glad I did, too, because I'm not a great bass player, but I'm a much better bass player than I ever was a guitarist. :D
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Another reason he started is because at first he played guitar, but his guitar was a piece of crap, and it broke beyond repair, so he bought a Hofner violin bass at a pawn shop.
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Thats exactly why Im closing this one.

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