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When you're checking out a bass in the store, what's your "go to" lick/jam?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by wintremute, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I get nervous when I play in public, and I just seem to blank out on the stuff that I know. So I usually end up playing scales, just checking out the sound and the feel.

    I sometimes think that I need to memorize a run that will give me a good test of the neck and fretboard, and sound cool, too.

    So, what's your "go to" lick/jam/run/slap/etc when you go shopping?
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  2. Paladin54

    Paladin54 Rockin' the root...

    Feb 3, 2012
    I play 'Christ the Lord is Risen Today' because it's the only song I memorized the entire bass line to so it's the only one I remember.
  3. I play innagaddavida......

    Really, just some random stuff.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
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  4. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    I get nervous and just play open strings.
  5. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    "Smoke On The Water"
    Of course I have to play the bass line on each string to check the frets.:D
    Actually, kidding aside, I just do random stuff.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
  6. Why get nervous? It's not like it's an audition!
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015
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  7. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    Come together, I'm Your Captain, Hair of the Dog, Crazy on you, and Don't stop believing
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  8. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Slap out Higher Ground. Duh.
  9. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    Jethro Tull's version of "Bourree"
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  10. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    Fascination Street by The Cure
    And then some of my bass lines from my band.
  11. MasonMinor


    Nov 29, 2014
    Rush's Cygnus X-1 opening bass riff. If it doesn't sound right after I fiddle with the amp, I get a different bass.
  12. For funk finger picking tones I usually play parts of Tower of Power's "What Is Hip?" and Jamiroquai's "Runaway."
    Jazz tones would usually be a 12-bar blues.
    Slap-bass tones would be Infectious Groove's "Punk It Up."
    Then rock tones would be any of songs my cover band does, which also involves "Higher Ground."

    I just want to know how viable it is for a variety of tones, it's probably why I have a tendency to grab two-pickup basses. Of course, tone usually doesn't matter because the strings are garbage. Feel (string width, frets, neck, weight, location of knobs) is important then. I'll change the action/intonation anyways, but it's never a good sign when it's way way off.
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  13. Actually it's the only song I know from them. They're one of my favorite bands that I listen to but never really gotten around to learning their music. I do that with a lot of my favorite bands now that I think of it. Some bands are just so good that I never bother. I just use their techniques instead of learning the whole song.
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  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Oh! Darling. Paul uses much of the neck for that one.
  15. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    I want you back.
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  16. cjj


    Sep 15, 2008
    New Zealand
    Yes: Roundabout, Rush:Spirit of Radio, Counting Crows:Mr. Jones...
  17. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    Rarely the same, with the exception of Hotel California that exercises a good deal of real estate on the fretboard allowing me to identify dead spots and gain issues between strings.

    I have more than one bass, and in the beginning I unwittingly kept buying basses that sounded the same because they had "the sound I liked." Since then, I've sold/traded many and purposely steered towards basses that have different unique tonal qualities that provide me more options for different music.
  18. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    "If I Were A Rich Man...

    My Favorite Things...
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  19. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    Well Put!
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  20. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    Nothing but harmonics, and then complain to the GC saleskid that this bass sounds thin. ;)
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