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Your favorite 1-5-octave(1) bass lines

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Lesgo, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    I've been thinking about how to construct bass lines a lot lately. When I'm improvising with a group or when someone brings a song in for us to learn, the 1-5-1 approach almost always fits, and I almost always get positive feedback when I go that route.

    I know it's "safe" and easy, but there are many expert examples of players doing it with unique voicing that makes it interesting. The one I've been thinking about a lot and annoying my wife with is McCartney's line on "Don't Let Me Down."

    What's your favorite?

  2. This is mine... I play it at least once a week just for fun.

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  3. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    Definitely didn't cross my mind, but this is exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. It just works.

    How about this one?

  4. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    Hotel California. Almost the whole song is 1-5-8-1

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