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Angel Gabrial
12 Dec 14 14:21
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Setting myself a task of learning one bass line a day, hopefully completing the entire song in one day, but realistically it may be 2 a week. See how it goes.

So this time next year i will know at least 100  bass lines. Some of the blues lines like Green Onions are already down, so no 12 bar shuffles unless they are interestingly unique.

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Report Degs December 12, 2014 2:29 PM GMT
2 by the same Guy (second one might keep you busy a while) :

Walking down Madison - Kirsty MacColl
Ain't No Doubt - Jimmy Nail
Report Ampleforth December 12, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80dsyo2Ox-0

any bassist should watch this master at work,  doesnt really get going till about 2 mins in.
Report Ampleforth December 12, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
cant see anyone learning it all in a day though
Report The Pinhooker December 12, 2014 2:39 PM GMT
If you study Jerry Barnes morning noon and night, you will not go far wrong.
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:44 PM GMT
Ampleforth

Some may take a only an hour and some a week. Anything by John Entwistle will take longer because he played the bass like he was a genius but i can get the root down and  progress over time.
Report FlowerMyth December 12, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
Well this (probably) isn't what you want but I love it as a bass track on one of the finest Led Zep songs, this is exquisite bass playing from JPJ - Ramble On

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF_XI5pCxlo
Report elise December 12, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
couple of the jams come to mind, eton rifles & town called malice, not surprising really given their line up, if you feel really up for one try muse hysteria
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
However long improvised solo intro`s are not on my agendaLaugh
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
Appreciate all the choices so far.
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
Flower

Zep my all time fav band. Jean-Paul Jones yes.
Report Ampleforth December 12, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
yep, time is key, despite what anyone says, there are very few, if any natural musical geniuses who master an instrument in a few weeks... Ive been playing guitar for over 20 years and really am just a novice compared to most who have played it as long as I have. Recently I have thought about buying a bass and giving it a go, seems a lot simpler!!
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
John
Report elise December 12, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
i've just listened to foxton on eton rifles, not heard it for a while and he's just epic
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
Well i guess it`s the same for me, been noodling on the guitar for 15 years but find myself playing bass runs on it naturally, so i feel like i have a head start with the bass. Obviously timing is essential and you need to be hitting the one beat with the drummer so you are really laying down the road for the rest of the band. If the drummer is the driver of the band the bass player needs to be laying down the road as they all travel.

I play harmonica as well so that is a free expression type of instrument to fill gaps. Not like the bass which is a polar opposite.
Report Ampleforth December 12, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
a few Stevie Wonder Track have some epic bass lines, cant remember their names though
Report The Pinhooker December 12, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
James Jameson was probably the most remarkable bass player of the 20th century because he picked with only one finger. Definitely one to put on your list.
Report elise December 12, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
roxys love is the drug or stone roses fools gold perhaps? 

the clash you could go through a few as well
Report FlowerMyth December 12, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
and he never changed his strings
Report FlowerMyth December 12, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
Jamerson, that is
Report elise December 12, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
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http://www.ricksuchow.com/press-group-250.html#image01
Report Ken Masters December 12, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
Chic - Good Times (purloined for SugarHill Gang's Rapper's Delight).
Report Crisp77 December 12, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
Is this a fishing thread?
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 3:11 PM GMT
Very good CrispGrin
Report Tommy Toes December 12, 2014 3:12 PM GMT
Indeed.
Report Jack Hacksaw December 12, 2014 3:12 PM GMT
Babylon's Burning

Looks fairly straightforward

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS950SUAa-8
Report Tommy Toes December 12, 2014 3:12 PM GMT
Psycho Killer

(That's not Crisp, by the way!)
Report Tommy Toes December 12, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
Psycho Killer - Live on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978.

An epic performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC9IfjEQXOA
Report elise December 12, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
obv one, thin lizzy boys are back in town
Report Jack Hacksaw December 12, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
Beat me to it.  I am no expert but someone told me that the bass line is difficult.
Report rogerthebutler December 12, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
Die Young - Black Sabbath
Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales December 12, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
Age of Consent - New Order

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ahU-x-4Gxw
Report sofiakenny December 12, 2014 5:56 PM GMT
one of these days-the floyd maaan.
Report Premier League Cycle December 12, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
Gotta Getaway - Stiff Little Fingers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox4uCJLJObM
Report Kweeveen December 12, 2014 8:25 PM GMT
i learned this opening bass line in 5/10mins........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY



The White Stripes - 'Seven Nation Army'
Report Angel Gabrial December 12, 2014 8:43 PM GMT
All ready have that down Keeveen. Yes easy 5min lines like that can give me 20 a day.

Just working on Sunshine of Your Love by Cream. Some great suggestions however.
Report Platini December 12, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Day Tripper - Beatles
My Generation - The Who
Good Times - Chic
The Trammps - Disco Inferno - The Trammps
LongTrain Runnin - Doobie Brothers
Give it Away Now, Can't Stop, Around The World - Chilli Peppers
Billie Jean - MJ
Hysteria - Muse
Rio - Duran Duran.
Report Nilsson Schmilsson December 12, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
paperback writer , hey bulldog
Report dunlaying December 12, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
Allright Now - Free
Dancing In The Moonlight - Thin Lizzy
Report dunlaying December 12, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon
Watching The Detectives - Elvis Costello
Report johnizere December 13, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
A couple of replies have mentioned Muse - Hysteria.... good luck with that!
I play bass, fairly decently, but can't get to grips with that one.
Rhythm Stick... Blockheads, Norman Watt-Roy has to be one of my favs.
Anything by Pink Floyd is manageable...
Comfortably Numb is a piece of peeesss,
gl.
Report dunlaying December 13, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
Self praise is small recommendation. ^

Have you got the 100 AG?
Report Clouseau December 13, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
Rae & Christian feat. The Pharcyde - Let It Go (groove armada country house remix).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbicASn2mFQ
Report Howdi December 13, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
hey bulldog - the beatles
Report dunlaying December 13, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
Down Home Girl - The Rolling Stones
Report attitude adjuster December 13, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
Every Chic/Sister Sledge track between 1977 and 1977 by the master Bernard Edwards.


but just p1ss you all off i'll add

Level 42's debut hit - Love Games Happy
Report kenny mann December 14, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
Love Psycho Killer, agree with Tommy on that one. Great bass line.
Report Tommy Toes December 16, 2014 4:42 AM GMT
Different genre but just as good as Psycho Killer's bass:

If You Want Me To Stay - Sly & The Family Stone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZFabOuF4Ps
Report Angel Gabrial December 16, 2014 10:50 AM GMT
Psycho Killer
Black Dog ( no one suggested this but it is a magnificent line )
Town called Malice
Sunshine of your love

Have these down with a few more simpler ones like Love will tear us apart by Joy Division.
Report attitude adjuster December 16, 2014 11:40 AM GMT
The best one note bassline?

Easy ..  Waterfront - Simple Minds
Report gentlemanjohn December 16, 2014 11:59 AM GMT
Speaking of great bass players, here's another Norman Watt Roy classic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcHL8efKKPE
Report attitude adjuster December 16, 2014 1:32 PM GMT
never knew that was Norman Shocked

the Blockheads were definitely one of the greatest backing bands.
Report ours4keeps December 16, 2014 2:12 PM GMT
Cream - Badge

Blondie - Heart of Glass

Nuclear Assault - My America
Report gentlemanjohn December 16, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
Yes AA..the blockheads were a top bunch, Mickey Gallagher would also have some credits on the Sandinista! while his children, believe it or not, sing lead vocals on one of the tracks

Paul Simonon is probably the coolest bass player that ever lived, but let's be charitable and say he probably wasn't the best
Report Angel Gabrial December 16, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
Ours4keeps

Great choices.
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