What's Lisa doing now...or help, I need to pick some music!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Lisa Weiss, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. Well, I'm still working on the music reading thing. I recently picked up "The Evolving Bassist" and I'm working out of that for reading. To tell the trouth, it's not as big a problem as I thought it would be. Theory is definitely giving me much more trouble! Of course, I haven't really gotten into anything complicated yet, so this could change at any moment! :D

    I just started working on building solo lines...of the extremely simple variety, and last night we started working on Interval patterns.

    Since I'm not really playing with anyone else at the moment, Adam want me to pick a song that I don't think will be too challenging, and bring it next week. The trouble is, that there's just so darned much to choose from, so I thought you guys might help me out. My CD collection isn't too big any more. Mostly have classic rock stuff, like Jethro Tull, Beatles, Doors, Lepplin, Pink Floyd, that kid of stuff. Then I've got some Big Band and some of the new swing, like Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Brian Setzer, and of course lots of classical. Any suggestions?

  2. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    rock and roll, by led zep, is a pretty easy one that is fun to play.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I'd go with Led Zep - there are some great riffs for bass, I started off bass playing when I was 13, going through the book "Led Zeppelin complete I -V" and learning all the tunes.

    I think my favourite (not too hard) riffs were "HeartBreaker" and "The Ocean". Black Dog is a classic riff, but can be hard to "get" with the little triplet thing in the middle.
  4. Pink Floyd's Money, off of Dark Side of the Moon.

    A classic bass line that people will recognize instantly.
  5. Thanks guys! I was leaning toward Led Zeppelin myself, but didn't know what to choose! There's so many songs I really like!

  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I've probably mentioned this before...I also cut my teeth on that Led Zeppelin Complete Songbook(bought mine from Morning Glory Music). Though the charts weren't entirely 'accurate', there was enough info to 'play' the tunes.
    "The Ocean" is cool; it has a classic riff that alternates between 4/4 & 7/8. The end has some pseudo-Swing goin' on. ;)
    BTW, last weekend, I was attempting to goof around with "Good Times, Bad Times"(& it's two little bass breaks!)...man, that's tough!
  7. Lovebown

    Lovebown Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    Amen! Good times bad times is a tricky little bastard...it sure as hell sounds simple but isn't when you sit down and actually play it accurately. Lots of subtle drum/bass things going on in that song...

    The first bass break after the first chorus is definately an electric bass classic.

  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I was goofin' around with "GTBT" again today; some definite R&B-ish stuff goin' on(a 'little' during the 1st chorus & A LOT during the F# change immediately after the first bass 'solo'). JPJ, no doubt, dug Jamerson & Motown. ;)
  9. Lovebown

    Lovebown Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    Yeah very much so. His tone is really big-warm R&B too. I think I read somewhere that JPJ's main influences was Duck Dunn, Jamerson and Motown in general. His playing on Led Zeppelin 2 is really R&Bish and I think it's his finest bass work...

  10. Joe_Atlanta

    Joe_Atlanta Guest

    Sep 13, 2001
    Stone Mountain, GA
    I agree w/ JT's suggestion of "rock and roll" as a good starter zep tune. Some of the other stuff is pretty challenging.

    Following the thread on down, you might want to look at some Duck Dunn (stax/volt rnb). From the jumping jive of "Who's Making Love" to the almost vocal duet character of "Dock Of The Bay", it's all good.
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think "Rock & Roll" is a bit dull to play just on your own - the riffs like Ocean and Heartbreaker have their own interest and are recognisable as the tune - even with just the bassline.

    If Lisa was talking about playing with band, then "Rock & Roll" would be a good starter, but I think the riffs are more fun to work on and as JimK pointed out they do have musical ideas that you can apply to learning music - like triplets, different time signatures, etc.
  12. I'm pretty much stuck to what Ihave CD wise at the moment, so I'm afraid that any R&B type stuff is out.

    I also don't want anything too intimidating, since I'm not at all fast! :D