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can you point me to some songs with novice/beginner level bass lines...pretty please

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posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 04:35 PM
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i am completely drawing a blank.
i played guitar but never the bass. my wife just started playing the bass. i am walking her through excercises and a little theory. chords and such.

i am having trouble coming up with some # to start playing.
we both have guitar pro 6 and 60k tabs for it so we have them i just dont know where to go.

we have been messing around with some psycho killer from talking heads. the beat goes on.

i would like something with a little more to it than those. those are basically walking bass lines.
a little bit of a shuffle. a groove. something like that...

any help is much appreciated.

the bass i think if is like les claypool and bootsy. not happening.
ive never paid much attention to the bass in your basic rock and blues type stuff.

thank you




posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 04:48 PM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

I learned bass by playing along to youtube loops/backing tracks like this one....standup jazz.

www.youtube.com...


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posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 04:49 PM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

Just try her on a few riffs, doesn't need to be a full song at first.

Basic guitar riffs transfer over really well, you could show her things like the riff from Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, Iron Man by Black Sabbath or Seven Nation Army by White Stripes, maybe the intro to Come As You Are by Nirvana? Those kind of simple riffs you can play on 1-2 strings to get her warmed up.



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 04:49 PM
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First thought was "another one bites the dust" by Queen.

Most pop rock/punk songs are pretty simple progressions... If you just leave out some of the fills and have her just focus on the main notes i would suggest some green day or blink 182 sorta stuff . Maybe a bit fast...

Fun thing with bass is as long as the main progression is there you can play as basic or complicated as you want... To a degree, of course .


Or just teach her how I learned... Give her tabs to "the wolf is loose" by mastodon and when she's got it, she's got it'!


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posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 05:25 PM
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Start with 12 bar blues stuff with her holding the root notes, it's a good way to get used to counting in time, the relations between the 1st, 4th and 5th are super simple and the pattern can be moved around to support an endless number of songs.



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 05:41 PM
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i just want her to get her hands moving with a groove and not just c major patterns.
ive been showing her chords with root, 3rd, and 5th.
i just cant thing of any simple riffs i could pull up in guitar pro.

the backing track thing is not happening right now/. she is not ready for that though it is cool/



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 05:48 PM
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American woman by The Guess Who?



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 05:51 PM
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Did someone say Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water?



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 05:51 PM
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"Mysterious Ways" by U2.

It's pretty much one lick for the whole song.



Come to think of it, if you want simple, fun bass lines, they've got a lot of them.
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posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 06:08 PM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

blink 182 is super easy



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 06:30 PM
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i will check out those mentioned. i did not like the bass line in smoke on the water. will check out the rest



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 07:07 PM
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Listen to 3 piece bands like ZZ Top for ideas they have to be neat bass licks to fill the void of only 3. Real simple blues licks with neat patterns IMHO.



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 07:36 PM
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Check out this fun Bass Riff. Pink Floyds money. pretty easy and fun too.



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 09:00 PM
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Electric Feel by MGMT



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 09:11 PM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

I think Ryan Adam song "Let It Ride", from Austin City Limits version (they slow it down some) is a great beginners bass line...Let It Ride



posted on Aug, 17 2016 @ 10:57 PM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

Any country song. Any blues.

You learn by playing along.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 03:52 AM
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a reply to: Naturallywired

yes my friend. of course i have heard that a million times. just drawing a blank.
going to pull that up in guitar pro

thanks

ive been tinkering around with david makalaster by claypool. really fun song for the bass players
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posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 09:54 AM
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les claypool stuff can be challenging on a bass not set up like his (he has very low action and super light gauge strings). But an easy song of his is Eleven from the fizzle fry album.

Sir psycho sexy is a very simple bass line and easy to learn. Its on just two strings. A lot of chili pepper stuff actually is simpler than it appears.

Good times/rappers delight is easy and on two strings too. Its literally walking up the dorian mode in the key of D.
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posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 10:02 AM
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a reply to: TinySickTears

These three songs have easy and recognizable bass lines. I learned all three of them on the bass when I was new to the instrument.








posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 10:11 AM
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For slapping and easy one is Girlfriend from off the wall album by michael jackson.

Or the intro riff to punk it up by infectious grooves.



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