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Your top 3 Paul McCartney Basslines?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by harlon, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. harlon


    Jul 13, 2007
    I'm on my way to see Sir Paul tomorrow night in Houston!! I'm so excited I won't be able to sleep tonight. I've been overloading on Beatles and solo Paul tunes as I get closer to the show. I'm curious - what are your favorite 3 basslines that Paul played? I know there are a lot of Sir Paul threads here. But ... well ... here's another one! I'm an excited dude. I'm about to see a Beatle!

    My 3 (although it could change any day)

    Silly Love Songs
    Dear Prudence

    (I could easily add 10 more, but at the moment those are my top 3).
  2. Peace Cee

    Peace Cee

    Feb 9, 2011
    When I'm 64
    Ballad of John and Ugmoe
    Silly Love Songs
  3. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Paperback Writer, Nowhere Man, and Taxman are my favorites.
  4. scrimjer


    May 20, 2012
    Baby You're a rich man
    Lovely Rita
    old brown shoe
  5. Silly Love Songs, hands down. Perfection. In my estimation, this part and Lee Sklar's line on JT's Your Smiling Face are two of the best basslines to ever hit mainstream radio.
  6. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Hey Bulldog
    Paperback Writer
  7. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    If I had to pick 3 I'd agree with those.
  8. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    Come Together
    Day Tripper
  9. LeopoldBoom


    Aug 27, 2012
    Something, Oh Darling and Silly Love Songs!
  10. MartinG1957

    MartinG1957 You can never have too many bones....

    Aug 5, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Paperback Writer
    Come Together
    Day Tripper
  11. Something
    Hey Bulldog
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Come Together
    Helter Skelter
  13. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    Come Together,
    While my guitar gently weeps, love all the double stops near the end.
    also very hard just to pick 3 songs.
  14. GtenderG

    GtenderG Supporting Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Hello Goodbye
    Penny Lane
    Lovely Rita

    3 beautiful bassslines!
  15. haystack55

    haystack55 Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Houston, TX
    i want you (she's so heavy)
    come together
  16. ewe2


    Sep 13, 2012
    Bendigo, Australia
    With A Little Help From My Friends
    She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
    Lovely Rita

    Agreed, three is too few.
  17. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Come Together
    Guitar Gently Weeps
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  19. Coming Up (Wings)
    Silly Love Songs

    Runner Up:
    Getting Better is interesting mostly because of the way McCartney treats the choruses.... It isn't an arpeggiation of the chords, but rather it is a melodic figure that descends through the chords - and because it is also the bass line, it changes the way we hear the chords in this passage. It's a very classical-esque contrapuntal bass line.

    It's just such an unusual bass line for a pop song, but it gives a clue as to how McCartney was thinking of the harmony in this passage. He doesn't feel the need to arpeggiate each chord the piano is playing - he just treats this section as if it is in the "tonal area" of C Major. The piano chords just become a sort of 'harmonic coloration' instead of a true harmonic progression. McCartney plays a melody beneath those ascending triads as if they're only a tonal guideline."
  20. mr13ump


    Sep 25, 2011
    This thread is why Sir Paul is and always will be my favorite player. Out of everyone that has posted here so far, almost all of the lists are different. He has so many awe-inspiring basslines that it is almost criminal. Anyway, here are my top three.

    Dear Prudence
    Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
    With a little Help from my Friends