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Whats the hardest song you play?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tituscrow, May 11, 2011.



    Dec 29, 2009
    Probably haven't heard of it, but "Pire" by Rolando Vazquez can be pretty tough.
  2. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Just remembered our catastrophic attempt at the Dead Kennedys 'Ill In The Head'.

    Think if I had a time machine and could witness ANY event in history, I'd go back and record myself playing it right through for the one and only time alone in my room, then return to the present day and show my bandmates, who don't believe I've ever done it!
  3. thebassbeast


    Oct 28, 2010
    Bel Air, MD
    Dune tune level 42 hard as heck but I love it
  4. BassFace01


    Sep 28, 2009
    St. Catharines
    Without a doubt Portrait of Tracy, Kuru/Speak Like A Child, Teen Town, etc. But honestly Kuru is all stamina and pure plucking speed, Tracy has that ridiculous sixth fret harmonic stretch, and Teen Town has some real tough passages.

    Other than that, I always thought Digital Man was much harder than YYZ, same goes for the Analog Kid. The head from Donna Lee has always been something I've never been able to play, however, maybe this thread should be called "Songs I could never learn", could be interesting :)
  5. oldsalt


    Mar 14, 2011
    Lowell, MA
    On electric, for me, it is definitely Jaco's take on Bach's fantasia "Chromatic Fantasy". Can't get through it without having my eyes glued to the fingerboard.

    On upright, it is Return to Forever's "Spain". The bottom half of that lick is murder & the timing has to be spot on to pull it off.
  6. I don't necessarily try to learn "chops" stuff; I like to learn guitar, piano, vocal, and orchestra and symphonic themes by ear. David Gilmore's parts on "Echoes" and solo arrangements of other pop songs from the Beatles and Queen and the classical and jazz literature (I'm learning and transposing the F Clef Real Book for mandolin right now, chords and themes). I'm a better all around musician, composer and arranger because of this. I'm not Jaco, and I'm not trying to be. I'm a musician, not a bass player, and that's what separates me from the bass-centric approach that a lot of people take to the instrument.
  7. on electric bass, Girls Talk by Elvis Costello in C#

    on upright, Orphan Girl by Gillian Welch in G#

    just some tough fingerings on those songs.
  8. I'm working on Bernadette by the four tops. It's not that the notes are hard...the fingerings were a little difficult in the beginning but not too bad, it's the length of the notes.
  9. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    I always have trouble playing the middle section (aka the "battle scene") of The Gates of Delirium by YES. I can nail nearly all of the rest of the 70's YES material, but Chris Squire leaves us wannabes in the dust during certain "busy" passages in Gates.
  10. Taylormade


    Jul 25, 2011
    The video you are PROBABLY looking for is ZUMA!
    ‪Duran Duran - Rio - bass lesson‬‏ - YouTube
    He's the only person I've seen on YT that has got those ghost notes DOWN!
  11. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Circumstances - Rush
  12. seems I don't play anything difficult... these songs you guys are listing I wouldn't even attempt ... eh everyone is at a different level.

    Carry on my wayward son is giving me heck playing at regluar speed... at least some of the breakdown and runs... but i can fake it :D most of it it is my plucking hand.
  13. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    Ok is the original question supposed to mean whats the hardest song you play in public as part of a setlist for a band, or the hardest song you learned to play at some point in your life?

    There is a difference, as part of my band I would say its a tie between Sweet Child O Mine, Carry on our wayward son, and Spirit of Radio. None of them is hard to play on their own, but those are the hardest in our classic rock cover band setlist. I embellish other songs and can make them as hard as I want to.
  14. uh....I CAN play In Dying Days by As Blood Runs Black but barely :/
  15. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Problaby Teen Town, or anything by Planet X, that stuff is just ridiculously difficult.
  16. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  17. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    In the Tony Island band I played in from 1996-2001, there was a song called "Turpentine" (original piece) that had a cool unison figure that you could not do in your sleep. I still play it to this day (became a song I used to test fretted basses with).

    For fretless, I occasionally take a stab at Brand X's "Ghost of The Mayfield Lodge", that is NOT an easy piece, especially that middle section!
  18. Another One Bites The Dust. That song kills me every time I play it. :bag:
  19. Tat2dHeart

    Tat2dHeart Only two strings away from an attitude problem.

    Sometimes the band doesn't even start until I've messed up. Every now and again, the fail is so epic they even hold up scorecards (points based in difficulty, execution, and hilarity factor).
  20. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    "Dance of Eternity" - Dream Theater


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