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What is a Good, Oldie, Solo Bass Piece

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by hondo4life, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    My family is throwing a big party for my grandmother's 90th birthday next month, and these showboaters are all doing their own acts, singing, dancing, or whatever they do. Since I don't do much these days other than play the bass, I need to find a piece that I can play as a stand alone bass song, and something that a lady of her vintage will appreciate.

    I plan on using a standard tuned 4 string and bringing my Fender Rumble 100.
    I have a month to practice it, so it can be moderately difficult.

    I'm drawing a blank, so suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    Can you tap a counter melody?

    We occasionally play a really stripped down version of this, and afterwards once, we had a lady in her mid 80's thank us for playing it. She had tears in her eyes as she explained that her father taught her to dance to it when she was a girl...

  3. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Well... I don't know anything from her era. But from a performance view Some Kind Of Wonderful works great as a solo bass piece.
  4. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    My Grandma's 86 and yesterday she seemed to like "Always on my Mind".
  5. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I think that song is a good idea, but tapping a counter melody is a bit advanced and would require some compression.
  6. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I was hoping I wouldn't have to sing!
  7. MD

    MD Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    You do realize, most people go to the bar or the bathroom during the bass solo, right?;)
  8. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

    If you don't want to sing... Portrait of Tracy would be my pick.

    But I've wanted to finish learning that piece for years, so maybe I'm just using your motivation. :bassist:
  9. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

  10. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    Level 42's "Dune Tune" comes to mind.
  11. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009

    Sixteen Tons

    Stray Cut Strut

  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
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  13. Jloch86


    Aug 1, 2016
    New Jersey
  14. Jloch86


    Aug 1, 2016
    New Jersey
    Precisely. Any jazz ballad where you can play the melody and bass notes at the same time always sounds good.
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  15. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth). An oldie. A goodie. A prelude to dentures. You're welcome.
  16. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Find out what her favorite song is and learn the head. That and a nice rendition of Happy Birthday would work.
  17. GtenderG


    Feb 29, 2008
    2 tunes she will probably recognize.
    The girl from ipanema - play the vocal melody.
    In the mood (Glenn miller) Try the clarinet part....
  18. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Came in to post ^^^this
  19. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Would you be opposed to playing along to a standard from that time?

    If it was me I would pick something in the 1946-ish time frame. That would put her at about 20ish and as such those songs would more than likely resonate more with her. Frank was big then, and as a young lady I'm pretty sure she would know Frank :D Let the Good Times Roll by Ray Charles could be good too.
  20. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Thinking cap's on…
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