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What was the first song you learned on the bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by As5Hat, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. As5Hat


    Feb 17, 2020
    Self explanatory. Let's see if we get some really strange ones from you guys.

    Mine was Black Sabbath - NIB.

    I remember I heard that song when I was 12 and told my parents "I want to learn guitar!" Then my dad laughed and told me it was a bass. Then I said "I want to learn bass!"
    Took me a few years to be able to play that off rhythm intro, but the rest of the song wasn't bad too bad for me.. Funny to think back on that.
  2. Happy Face

    Happy Face Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Portland, Maine
    How about this one? "Stepping Stone" by the the Monkees back when it was a hit, not an oldie.

    Happily enough, a cover band I played in 2010-16 had it in the rotation. It was a sure favorite.(Though the reception for Pleasant Valley Sunday rivalled it at times.)
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  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Plush by STP.
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Might've been Smoke On The Water, not certain, been a long while...
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I learned that pretty early, too! :thumbsup:
  7. I think it was Aerosmith's "Young lust".

    Soon after that I realized I' sucked at bass and I'd be better off on something else and I switched to drums LOL. It was Aerosmith at the beginning there as well, I think I destroyed my parent's sofa by playing "Nine lives"'s songs over and over. I got good enough to be able to play even some Dream Theater and Rush tunes (I remember enjoying so much playing "One little victory" and "Earthshine"), ventured also into Megadeth and In flames territories, but never took the proper amount of time to craft my talent. The fact that the most complex stuff I play nowadays is John Fogerty's songs doesn't help, too...
    Since the bass player in the family is my wife now, her answer is Billy Idol's "Rebel yell"
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  8. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    "Bomb track" Rage Against the Machine.
  9. As5Hat


    Feb 17, 2020
    Nice, good choice. I still play rage a lot. Hard to get those tones down, but with some of the DG pedals coming soon I think I'll finally nail them. Rage bassist has a thing for keeping his tones a secret.
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  10. WillyWonka


    Dec 10, 2019
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  11. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Tim is a wicked player. Not only was it my first song on bass, I learnt the whole album so also first album I learnt on bass. then got evil empire and did the same. Same with blood sugar sex magik by the peppers. It's actually how I learnt to play bass find a tune and learn everything on the album that its trim. Did that sort of thing for about the first five years, hear or read about a great album featuring a great player then I would find the album and learn it.
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  12. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    I used to remember better, but I’m pretty sure it was Mississippi Queen.
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  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Johnny B. Goode
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  14. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    Probably "Come as You Are" or "Jeremy".
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  15. zoonose


    Apr 4, 2005
    Alexandria, LA
    Blue Öyster Cult, Godzilla
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  16. I think mine was "Smoke on the Water"
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  17. Alik


    Apr 13, 2013
    El Paso, TX

    Coast to coast, by The Scorpions, had no amp at the time. Short scale bass with flatwounds, horrible action resulting in blisters.We used to call that bass "La piedra" (the stone) :bored:
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  18. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    Sunshine of Your Love or I'm So Glad by Cream, can't recall which was first.
  19. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    +1 :D or... maybe it was ‘China Grove’ :whistle:... with this masterpiece!

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2020
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  20. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    From the brand new Rush LP:
    I took up bass after playing guitar for a few years.
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