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You're Bass Testing Song?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nuttboy311, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    When you go into a music shop and start trying out some new basses, what songs do you usually fool around on to get an idea of the feel and tone of the bass? For me, I like to play Sweet by 311.. here and there because it covers the low B through G quickly. I also like to mess around with Black Dog by Led Zep; I don't know why, but I do. Otherwise, I just play some of my band's songs, since I would most likely be using the bass in my band :p .
  2. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Anti-tort heathen Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    i just play some jazz, covers everything quickly
  3. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    bunch of scales and improv just to avoid annoying anyone
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Revelations - Iron Maiden
  5. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Smoke on the Water :bag:
  6. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Higher Ground

  7. Roundabout-Yes for the pick test
    other than that, just a line I made up for testing out basses in the key of G, that uses every technique I know (don't want to learn double thump.)
  8. Songs by the band I play in, some bluesy noodlings, Foreigner's "Urgent", and Metallica's "The God that Failed".

    Not sure why I play those two specific songs, come to think of it...
  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    The only time I ever check out new basses is at jams, so I play whatever the situation dictates. My local music store prefers that I take anything I want to try out home...I don't blame 'em! :cool:
  10. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Play that Funky Music and Chameleon (sp?).
  11. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    12 bar blues
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    No specific songs, but every technique I'm proficient with with the usual exception of slapping, 'cause I thin it's a wee bit rude in store, and I always feel weird slapping on something that's not mine -- kind of like cheating on your wife, for the older fellas. Plus, I usually suck at it on most other basses 'cause my thumb doesn't adjust well to other string spacings :D.
  13. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I play "Enter Sandman", "Seek and Destroy", and "My Friend of Misery", all by MetallicA
  14. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Anti-tort heathen Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    i also forgot to add that two of the first songs i play are "The Rock Show" and "What's My Age Again"...

    just to let everyone know that i am the man
  15. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I pull out a slide or use the beer I'm drinking to play free bird.
  16. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Stairway to heaven....
  17. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Whoops...that was supposed to be a new topic. Sorry!
  18. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    Slap, tap, wank - and my exquisitely mangled version of the Australian anthem.
  19. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Fretless - "Somethin' 'Bout Your Love" by Stevie Wonder and "Glory to Glory" by Fred Hammond, whatever I happen to be working on learning, some "original" stuff.

    Fretted - "100 & Rising" by Incognito, "Just The Two Of Us" Grover Washington, "I Want My Destiny", Fred Hammond, whatever I happen to be working on learning, some "original" stuff.
  20. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    Usually what I know of Chromatic Fantasy, scales, my songs

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