10 Classic Basslines

author: playfielder date: 12/21/2004 category: general music
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10 Classic Basslines
First of all this isn't 10 Top Classic Bass Lines, and they are in no particular order. I have designed this page for the bassist who wants something to muck around on. Most of these riffs aren't particularly hard or anything but they are defiantly fun to play. For each song that I suggest I will write the tab for the riff I think is so fun. I know many people are going to say where's this riff? etc. so I'm going to say now that these are just 10 easy ones of the top of my head which no matter how many times I play them, I still enjoy going thought then 100 times. Or more! But please leaves suggestions in the comment area for your bass lines which you love to play. I dub them: "Classic Bass Lines."

01. "Re-Arranged" - Limp Bizkit

This is defiantly one of the best bass lines by Sam Rivers. The song starts on this riff the whole song is fun to play but the main riff is a classic.
G|---------------------------------11-|
D|------11-9--9h11p9-8--8h9p8---11----|
A|---11-----------------------9-------|
E|-9----------------------------------|

02. "I'm Housin'" - Rage Against The Machine

This riff is from Rage's cover album, Renegades. It has a cool little slow bass line to start of the funky verse. It sounds good and easy to play.
G|----9/12--9--8--7-------------|----9/12--9--8--7---------------|
D|-------------------98/75h7--|-------------------98/7--------|   
A|------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|-0~---------------------------|-0~------------------------0-0~-|

03. "Cochise" - Audioslave

1st song of the 1st album of Audioslave and "Cochise" is full of life and always fun to play. Not so much a classic but still great to play and I recommend it to many learners.
                                  OR                                 
G|-------------------------------| G|-------------------------------|
D|-1/2-0---0--------1/2--0-------| D|-------------------------------|
A|-------2---2-------------2-----| A|-5/7-5---5--------5/7--5-------|
E|-------------3-0-----------3-0-| E|-------7---7-3-0---------7-3-0-|

04. "Money" - Pink Floyd


G|----4---------------|
D|------4----------0--|
A|--2-----2----0-2----|
E|-----------2--------|

05. "Chameleon" - Herbie Hancock

This little funky bass line is a beauty. The effect on the bass is called an Envelope Follower, and I think Syth works well but clean does the job too.
G|------------3----------3-6--|
D|----------6-----------------|
A|---------------3-4-5-6------|
E|--3-4-5-6-------------------|

06. "Low Rider" - War

This is another funky little bass line that is repeated through the whole song. This bass line is easy but has hard bits. In "Low Rider" you have to keep the riff really smooth but rough in the same time.
G|----------------------|
D|------------3---3-3-5-|
A|------1-3-5----5-5----|
E|-1-3------------------|

07. "Somebody Someone" - KoRn

I think this is a really cool funkish sort of bass line by Fieldy. Not hard at all but sounds good and is good to play. And you don't need a 5 string bass. I'm going to write and standard tuning on a 4 string.
G|------------------------------------------|
D|--------------8---------------------5-----|
A|------10--------------------6-------------|
E|-8---8-----6-----6-----4---4----3-------3-|

08. "Around The World" - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

This I definitely know is a big favourite if any bass player maybe because it's Flea but yeah. What ever. I know the Intro is really cool but I'm going to put the tab of the verse. (Verse)
G|---------10-12-----------9-10-----------10-12---------10--9-------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------8----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--3--------------1-O----------------3-----------1-0---------------|
                                                                     
G|---------10-12-----------9-10-----------10-12---------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------3-2------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------1-----1-O--|
E|--3--------------1-0----------------3--------------1-3------------|

09. "Dazed And Confused" - Led Zeppelin

This is an easy one, not very hard or anything. I think the rest of the song can be but I'm only going to put this one on. It's my favourite by Zeppelin and I think it's nice and slow.
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|---10--9--8--7----5--4--3--2--|
E|-0--------------0-------------|

10. "Bullet In The Head" - Rage Against The Machine

This is my favourite of Rage's first album. This is just another easy fun riff. Good to make up little licks to follow it.
G|------------------7--|                             
D|------------------6--|                             
A|-7--7--7-7--7--------|                             
E|---------------0-----| <-- mute "E" with left thumb
So there are 10 riffs which I think are classic bass lines that are easy to play and you can have a lot of fun with them and muck around with.
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