Your bass playing style, captured/summarised in one single song!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by soong, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. soong


    May 10, 2007
    What would yours be? and Why?

    Lets all face it, we have really strong influences who have inevitably shaped our playing style.

    Mine is School Days by Stanley Clarke.
    Chordal/harmonic and largely pentatonic solo playing with a touch of slap. Thats me!
  2. fetfet


    Apr 13, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    NIB by Black Sabbath. Nasty pentatonic runs, power chordage, and pummeling the fretboard and strings. Good Clean Fun!
  3. Earthquake by Graham Central Station
  4. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    Won't Get Fooled Again - free form power
  5. jomahu


    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    gimme de ting - lord kitchener.

    not fancy, but still the fattest groove ever.
  6. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Message to love- Band of gypsies live at the filmore east.

    In the pocket with excellent tone and a few fills thrown in.
  7. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    ^^ Excellent choice!! My fave version of my fave Hendrix song! LOVE billy Cox!

    Mine was a toss-up between "Live at Leeds" version of "My Generation" or studio "...Fooled Again"
  8. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Pass the Biscuits by Spike Jones
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Kid Charlemagne"
  10. Yngwie 4String

    Yngwie 4String Inactive

    May 3, 2007
    Auburn Nebraska
    Ace of Spades if Im feeling Metally

    Otherwise as my name implies, imagine Malmsteen on a bass guitar.
  11. tom e smith

    tom e smith

    Jan 27, 2008
  12. Structural Damage - Steve Morse Band

    ...solid fingerstyle groove, nice fast unison lines, nasty but groovin' slap solo...
  13. the people here with me unanimously say holy diver.
  14. "Saturday In the Park", by Chicago, or "Rain", by the Beatles. High register melodic riffs, good groove, driving. Sorry, that's two. Pick one. :bassist:
  15. Can't Stop. Slow funk with a good mix of slap and fingering.
  16. I tried long ago to make this exact same mental effort to myself, and never could size it down to one tune. So, it's somewhere between these:

    Heart of the sunrise - Yes
    Red - King Crimson
    New Born - Muse

    Tons more, but in between those three comes my style. Funny thing, I play 99.9999% of the time with my fingers instead of a pick, being that my "style influencing tunes" are mostly pick-based bass lines. Weird.
  17. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Southern Vermont
    i honestly cant think of one song ...too many styles of playing and techniques.

    i can say that the 2 bass players that made me want to play most when i was 12 and first got into it were meshell ndgeocello and bakithi kumalo, and both of them can absolutely be heard in my playing.

    after thinking about it though...i might say that "djombwe" by richard bona is a pretty solid, single song answer.
  18. Nick Kay

    Nick Kay

    Jul 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    The Mars Volta - Day of the Baphomets

    Opens up with a ridiculous solo with a bunch of septuplet runs, proceeds into an 16th note semi-pentatonic ditty, then drops straight into a one-note groove. Half the song is played with a pick, the other half is played finger-style, the bass tone is dirty Ampeg goodness, and even when it gets ridiculously complicated, it never feels like he is losing the pocket or overplaying. He isn't just in the pocket, he IS the pocket.

    Unfortunately, it's played by Juan Alderete, who is a million times the bass player that I will ever be. And it might be fretless, especially after the opening solo. I'm really not quite sure.
  19. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Dream Theater-Ytsejam

    Bass in this song is very different and melodic,includes a wicked solo.:bassist:
  20. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Little Walter Rides Again - Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood