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What bands have good music for a beginner?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by thor16, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. thor16


    Jun 16, 2004
    I've been playing for maybe a couple months now, and I'm looking to start playing actual songs. Any suggestions? Any suggestions on some good books to pick up too?
  2. keithmoore


    Aug 22, 2004
    Novato, CA
    Can't go wrong with the Beatles. Then you have those pop/punk bands like Green Day, Blink 182, etc. Hey, they're simple. :)
  3. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
  4. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    yup, punk rock is quite simple.
  5. Rage against the machine have some decent lines.
  6. If you want some enjoyable lines try james brown ala bootsy or any disco tunes ie carwash, disco inferno or motown ie pointer sisters theres plenty to go around
    I started with the grease album ( yeah I know you probably thinking boooo ) but when you learn it the lines are pretty groovy anyway I was about a teenager when the movie came out so naturally I was drawn to the groove
    Anyway the bottom line is that should learn the song that you want to play and is a favourite of yours then you can enjoy playing which is a good moto to go by
    Peace and happy practicing :bassist:
  7. The Grease soundtrack has some class bassline ... !! I had to learn some of it for a show last year and I was really impressed. I didn't like the bog-standard rock'n'roll numbers though.
  8. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    can't go wrong with AC/DC for really, really simple effective rock lines
  9. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Neil Young
    Rolling Stones

    wish I was more familiar with newer rock bands :D
  11. thor16


    Jun 16, 2004
    Alright, thanks everybody. :bassist:
  12. cant go wrong with sting-simple yet incredibly effective. Plus gets you used to some non standard time sigs.
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I highly suggest you learn Rage Against the Machine songs. Within the first 3 months of me playing i learned all of their songs and it helped me get decent at bass quickly.
  14. robsterooni


    Jul 16, 2004
    I just started playing a month ago now. Here's a few I have learned :-

    Roxanne - Sting (easy)
    Teenage Kicks - Undertones (really easy and fun)
    Hate to say I told you so - Hives (easy and boring)
    Breathe - Pink Floyd (nice, but weird)
    Paranoid - Black Sabbath (bit too fast for me)
    Money - Pink Floyd (love it!)
    Reach Out - Four Tops (hard but very rewarding)
    Heard it through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (as above)

    I'm in a Motown kinda mood at the moment, so thats where I'll stay for a while! Got a Motown book from Bass Signature Licks, or something like that. Got all the tab and a CD with it. Also bought a couple of general instruction books but never read them.

    Damn I love bass!
  15. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ

    If you're in a Motown mood, you must get the quintessential bass book "Standing In the Shadows of Motown". It's a history lesson and bass R&B/funk schooling all rolled into one. Heck it even comes with CDs! :)
  16. robsterooni


    Jul 16, 2004
    Hey, I just got that Motown book. You were right, it's great!


  17. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Don't thank me, thank the author. :)

    Glad you're enjoying the book.