What are your 'Must Know' bass lines?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Petrov, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Petrov


    Feb 20, 2003
    Media, PA
    Hey all,

    I'm looking for opinions on what rock/pop/r&b bass lines you personally feel every bass player should know.

    I've been playing bass for a couple of years now with two original bands. This has led to the majority of my repertoire being originals.

    So, help me broaden my horizons. What should I be learning to give myself a good foundation of bass lines?

  2. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    1. "Brick House" - you will probably never actually play in a band that has the right instrumentation for it, but you WILL play it

    2. The Barney Miller theme (this is for annoying non-bass players) :eyebrow:

    3. The Seinfeld thing (this is for annoying non-bass players) :eyebrow:

    4. "Money"

    5. "My Girl"

    6. "Another One Bites the Dust"

    7. "Day Tripper"

    8. Many others that will be revealed in the following posts
  3. AmplifyYourBass


    Dec 7, 2003
    Power - Marcus Miller (suggested to me by the friendly people here :) )

    Amazing Grace - Victor Wooten

    Country Music - Stu Hamm

    Aeroplane - RHCP

    Jungle Man - RHCP (very simple but fun)

    I'll think of more later.
  4. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I always say every bassists knows:

    Greenday - Longview
    Tool - Schism

    And Jungle Boogie is fun to play too.
  5. Seinfeld basslines are a must for any slapper. :)
  6. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Big Bottom - Spinal Tap :D
    Radar Love - Golden Earring
    Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini
    Bouree - Jethro Tull (still haven't nailed this one yet. :) )

    Already mentioned songs (giving out the +1s)
    Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
    Money - Pink Floyd
  7. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    The Imperial March is fun and easy hehe

    Ill also 2nd Jungle Boogie, Kool is da man! hehe
  8. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    This isn't really instructional, kinda general info. Let's go to Misc.

    Chris A. :rolleyes: :bassist:
  9. Classical Thump. Most important thing you'll ever need to know at a gig.

    :rolleyes: X 1,000,001
  10. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I've always disagreed with the "just learn songs and you'll become a better player" method of teaching. Playing songs will approve your timing and ear, but you need to woodshed on the concepts of music.

    My advice wouldn't be to learn songs for the sake of becoming better. Instead, learn styles and feels of playing. Be able to play polkas, waltzs, cha chas, jitterbugs, swings, shuffles, walking lines, ect. Whenever someone calls out a tune and a key, be able to put something to it. Learn theory. Understand the relationship between harmony, melody, and meter. Play in different time signatures. Study the relationship between bass and drums, ect.
  11. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Yes, that's all well and good, but he never said he's learning songs to "get better", just to broaden his horizons. If you're auditioning for a band, a large repretoire of original music you played with your last band is not going to impress. Besides, one of the best ways to learn the relationships between harmony, melody and meter, how to play in different time signatures, and how to study the relationships between drum and bass, is to learn and analyze the lines of those who came before and understand what you're learning much better than you do.

    That said...

    ACDC - Hells Bells
    The Beatles - Come Together (and anything else)
    Cream - White Room, Sunshine of Your Love
    GNR - Sweet Child 'O Mine
    Rolling Stones - Don't Stop, Paint it Black
    Pink Floyd - Money
    And any of the BIG Motown hits -- What's Goin' On, Shoparound, Shotgun, Stop! In the Name of Love, and definitely My Girl.
  12. shizack


    Aug 24, 2004
    Must-know, huh? For me it was (in no particular order):

    Money - Pink Floyd
    Money - The old R n' B one
    Rapper's Delight/Good Times - Sugar Hill Gang/Chic
    Under The Boardwalk - Drifters
    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
    Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
    Limelight - Rush

    And MANY other ones I can't think of right now.
  13. the jam - graham central station, the one song you should know, know it inside out, love it, live it, sleep with it..its a great opener song and band introduction song to
    higher ground - either RHCP or Stevie wonder's
    sir duke - stevie wonder
    chameleon - herbie hancock, simple but extremely simple and funky
    fly away - lenny kravitz
    under the bridge - rhcp
    suck my kiss - rhcp
    sir sycho sexy :D - rhcp
    any james brown song especially its too funky in here and i feel good, not to mention sex machine
    are you in - incubus
    black dog - led zeppelin
    drive - incubus and many more
    fire - hendrix, rhcp
    voodoo chile slight return - hendrix
    anything parliament/funkadelic/george clinton

    but i mainly focus on the older rock, soul, rnb standards, songs that everyone knows..kinda makes sense :meh:
  14. i believe that you should learn in the most natural way to you, there is no set way to learn to become better, we all become better a our own pace and in the way we are accustomed to, i beleive that in order to become a better player, for me this is my regeime, is that i focus on 3 parts of a pie (graph) equally seperated into 3rd's, one is labeled technique, the 2nd is labeled theory and the 3rd is labeled songs/chops, i beleive that these should be focused on equally because if you focus more technique your chops/songs and theory will suffer and become less important to you than your technique....i want to become a better all round player, to me theres no point in being able to play fast but not slow, to be able to shred but not groove......but i dont stick to a set amount of hours a day to each slice of the pie, i might one day focus on technique next day theory etc etc, then next time i might spend an hour or 2 on each aspect that day...it all comes down to devotion and moderation not to mention restraint
  15. cosmodrome

    cosmodrome Registered User

    Apr 30, 2004
    ****town, Netherlands
    if you want me to stay - sly & the fam or rhcp
    cosmic slop - funkadelic
    special secret song inside - rhcp
    dolphin - prince
    amos moses - jerry reed or primus
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Which 'old R&B' version of "Money"....the '60s tune covered by The Beatles?
    Or the one by The O'Jays(w/ a flanged Anthony Jackson on bass)? If it's the latter, then be aware that it's 'newer' than Pink Floyd's "Money". ;)

    FWIW, I agree with Liquidty At Midnight-
    ...using a simple 12-bar Blues in F as a template, attempt to play through it in varying styles & time signatures.
    Example: Play it in a Rock feel, a Soul feel, a R&B feel, a Bossa feel, a Reggae feel, etc.

    Granted, one must have a vocabulary of songs at their disposal...IMO, working on feel & theory will enable one to play Kravitz' "Fly With Me" on the fly if asked to sit in or sub with a band.
  17. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    I forget who did that originally, wasn't it the Meters?

    I don't think there are any MUST KNOW basslines. You could write your own and make a career out of it. :eek:
  18. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
  19. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    All I needed to learn about bass, I learned from Smoke on the Water. :D
  20. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Alot of good ones I see posted are ones I always go with...

    Brick House, Money, Longview, Paradise City, Tom Sawyer, Suck My Kiss, Californication, ReArranged,,,,,

    Basically, the list is too long...