What is a nice little tune to show off bass skills with?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by FearOfGodX, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. FearOfGodX


    Nov 8, 2001
    Once in a while you gotta pick up your bass in front of some friends or some girls, and just putz around. What are some ideas on something you can play that will make you sound good but not look like your trying too hard (i.e. Higher Ground, sounds like your trying to hard). Any ideas?
    Like how can you impress the bass salesmen at guitar center and some moron who doesn't know anything about music?
  2. i just learned the intro to "calm like a bomb" by RATM, it's pretty impressive IMO.
  3. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" as recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips (as opposed to the Marvin Gaye version). This is a really cool JAmes Jamerson bass line. It's written out in th "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" book.

    Or "100 and Rising" by Incognito. The bass line is fairly easy but sounds really cool.


  4. Uhhh don't we already have "What's your showoff riff"? Oh well. Uhhh, Southbound Pachyderm by Primus. Nothing drives the ladies wild like Les Claypool.
  5. Calm Like a Bomb is a good one, but that's already been said.

    A crowd pleaser, but not too impressive, is Rappers Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.
  6. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Impressive, to me, would be something like Stanley Clarke's solo in "Vulcan Worlds" (Return To Forever - Where Have I Known You Before).
  7. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    RATM is always a winner but I am a girl so I just have to show the guy at the music store that i don't suck, Bombtrack is a good one to play, and clam like a bomb works too,
    stand by me by Ben E king (i think..so many people..so many versions..) works when i have ti play for my gran aswell,
  8. Yvon


    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    this thread has nothing to do with technique.
  9. no see... you HAVE to play Higher Ground... and you have to screw it all up... and not get the double thump right... and you have to play it a little fast... and then move up to the A string and do the same lick...

    and then you have to look over your shoulder... and check out the guy next to you who's actually TRYING OUT A BASS, and wishes you'd turn the frick down... then, it would be good to have a friend or two, one with a red hat on backwards, come over, stare at your hands in awe, and then look around the store at other people... while you look around nonchalantly..

    oh yeah, then play "rappers delight"... but of course incorrectly... and then try it again after you miff it the first time... then look around in awe...

    oh yeah, and pick up an Ibanez because it looks cool...
  10. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    Led Zeppelins 'Black Dog'.
  11. Gudforniet


    Jul 14, 2000
    San Ramon, CA
    a song thats not really showing off, but catches peoples attention is low rider. start playin it and u'll see like 10 people turn around, laugh, then carry on. if ur in front of a group of girls start singing the chorus and u'll make them all laugh. major points their. just in my experience.
  12. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    LMAO!!!:D :D

    I was in Mars a few weeks ago, and the salesman was just talking about that same thing. He said that the first thing that most kids do is come in there, grab a cool looking bass, and try to play Higher Ground as loud as they can. Until they get told to turn it down, or go to GC to do that.
  13. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I've been playing "Portrait of Tracy" alot for some reason, I guess it's because I like the song. That seems to impress people who aren't totally into rock.
  14. Mario Lewis

    Mario Lewis

    Jul 6, 2001
    Clinton, MD
    Classical Thump by Vic Wooten
  15. Yeah, i'd play Classical Thump too...

    if I could...
  16. lounge act - nirvana. sounds good, looks hard to play to people with no skill, but to anyone who knows what they are doing, it aint that tough. then, just go crazy on your bass. mad solo. just hit as many strings as possible in as many frets for at least 30 secs. do it in slap, if ya can.

    then say bass is gay and go play a banjo.

    then, ask to play the 7-string and do the same thing you did before. then go in a vicious loop of it all till they kick you out.

    (now, im assuming your in a music store in this scenario...)
  17. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Do, lilke, the Stanley Clarke "Lopsy Lu"/"Working Man" riff. That get you dem shorties, no doubt, yo.
  18. The best way to impress people is to put down the bass and go pick up a guitar...
  19. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    actually, when i go to a music store, i bring a bass. that's usually enough to impress them :D

    they all say - "look at that pinhead with the 7 string bass!"
  20. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Why do you care about impressing any of the schlubs that work at a music store anyway? I always thought that people that bang on one bass after another, with every gratuitous bass lick they have ever heard, look like total blow-hards! There they sit, thumping away on a bass that they'll probably never afford, while their scrawny, stringy-haired blonde girlfriend drools over 'em.

    What I usually do, is go in and play a few scales, in different positions on the fretboard and then I move on to a few recognizable little "riffs." About the time someone starts to notice me, I leave.