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#1
Ok, for my GCSE performance/composition, I was planning to use Sir Duke(stevie wonder). But, today my teacher said that for the compostion we need to compose a melody for our instrument(btw, the performance and compoistion need to be linked[technique/feel/tempo/tonality etc you get the idea]), and seeing as bass isn't generally a lead instrument she wants me to do a piece composed for bass on its own.

Another thing she kept on saying that the performance is marked on musicality over difficulty. I.E. a grade 8 piece that isnt played completely fluently will get less marks than a grade 4 piece played in the pocket.

So, by monday, I need to come in with a piece of bass music that is
a) Melodic
b) Not too hard
c) Shows a few different techniques

And what makes this difficult, is that nearly all songs written for bass are by virtuosos. Which in most cases, garuntees that they arent going to be very easy to play perfectly.

So, if you could please give me a couple of recomendations, it would be great
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#2
Moonlight sonata, i dnt know, can you make something up.

Si what you need is a piece, that when youve finished it you then need to play a melody to it. Learn a simple guitar line on bass, Some led zep maybe and then play the bassline for the other part.
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#4
lmao i came on here ready to scream sir duke at you cos its sooo amazing, but youve got that down already lol
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Moonlight sonata, i dnt know, can you make something up.

Si what you need is a piece, that when youve finished it you then need to play a melody to it. Learn a simple guitar line on bass, Some led zep maybe and then play the bassline for the other part.

You see wth Moonlight Sonata, if I did that, I would have to compose a pice that is very similar as well :/ Which, seeing as my tapping skills are barely haigher than poor, wouldnt be easy.

Im not really sure what you mean in the second half

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#7
Well, learn the guitar part to a song, and then instead of making a melody up ust play the bassline, most people wont know the difference.
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Well, learn the guitar part to a song, and then instead of making a melody up ust play the bassline, most people wont know the difference.

If you're talking about the performance, it has to be a real piece of music, with notation and an original copy and everything.

Any more recommendations?

Maybe quite an easy song by Stu Hamm/Michael Manring? I'm not really very familiar with their stuff, so I dnt really know wether they have an easier songs
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#9
azchu zu azchu by rammstein has a simple bass line and a fantastic melodic solo. Only problem is you need a b string. But it can be altered to fit many keys and you may not need the b
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#10
It needs to be a song written for bass only.

Any other suggestions? Ive just been through every guitar pro/powertab file of Stu Hamm on here, the only one that the sort of thing i was looking for was Charlottes Song, it was great up until the last 4-5 bars with the use of the 23rd-24th frets My bass 22
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If you're talking about the performance, it has to be a real piece of music, with notation and an original copy and everything.

Any more recommendations?

Maybe quite an easy song by Stu Hamm/Michael Manring? I'm not really very familiar with their stuff, so I dnt really know wether they have an easier songs

Manring? Don't think so, and even if it existed, remember his use of tunings.
Try composing.
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Manring? Don't think so, and even if it existed, remember his use of tunings.
Try composing.

yeah ok

Like I said, it needs to be a written piece
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#14
seriously you could breeze through GCSE music on green day songs unless it's got drastically harder in the last 3 years
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seriously you could breeze through GCSE music on green day songs unless it's got drastically harder in the last 3 years

This is what makes choosing a song so difficult. It has to be relatively simple, yet it has to be a solo piece. Which is probably the hardest thing to find evar.

Names of solo bassists with some easier stuff?
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#16
Do you get to play with a drummer, alot of simplier things will sound amazing with a drummer behind you.
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This is what makes choosing a song so difficult. It has to be relatively simple, yet it has to be a solo piece. Which is probably the hardest thing to find evar.

Names of solo bassists with some easier stuff?


josie by steely dan? the bassline is melodic enough to get by as a solo piece
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#19
I will try and persuade her to let my do Josie if I cant find a solo piece, I have pretty much the bulk of the song down anyway, it just needs perfecting.
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#20
you should be ok, the sylabus doesn't state that it has to be a piece written for a solo instrument it just says solo performance. that just means you playing on your own
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you should be ok, the sylabus doesn't state that it has to be a piece written for a solo instrument it just says solo performance. that just means you playing on your own

Yeah, I think she said that I should do a solo piece just because generally the bass doesnt really play the melody, but yeah I think Josie is melodic enough to use. And really, I dont think theres any way I can find a solo bass piece thats within my skill range.
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#22
One Ive been looking at lately is Jeff Berlin's rendition of Tears in Heaven. Just trim off all the improv he does, strip it down to the bare bones and go from there?
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#23
i hate jeff berlin so much, he's so far up his own arse that i just want to get a shovel and stick it right up there to try and dig him out
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i hate jeff berlin so much, he's so far up his own arse that i just want to get a shovel and stick it right up there to try and dig him out

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#25
Melodic, catchy, shows different techniques, easy to perform* and written for bass?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGEU9N8kAwI

* - Compared to Jeff Schimdt or Michael Manring.

There's a powertab on this site. It has the basic idea, but its in the wrong octave. there's a few mistakes and it misses out the 'solo'.
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#27
If you can find a copy of 'Giants of Bass' by Stuart Clayton, that has some solo bass pieces in it, written in the style of various low-end luminaries, that actually aren't too difficult. Definately worth a shot.
Also, on bassplayertv.com is Nathan East playing the vocal melody to EWaFire's 'Fantasy', which is transcribed in the magazine. Thats a good example of bass as lead instrument, and you can easily drop back to Verdine White's part for the chorus or where its a bit too tricky.
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#28
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azchu zu azchu by rammstein has a simple bass line and a fantastic melodic solo. Only problem is you need a b string. But it can be altered to fit many keys and you may not need the b


It's Asche Zu Asche.. and no, you DON'T need a b string for that song... MORON
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#30
If your allowed to improvise i'd probably reccomend so what by miles davis. Probably one of the easiest bass melodies out there but it has a huge potential for improv.

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#31
I was about to say Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers but it has to be written for bass.
That's tricky, try google?
#32
Strangle by Ted Nugent hold has a bass solo, don't know how hard it is but it doesn't sound insanely hard. Give it a try . :O I remember know my first song on bass Holiday by Green Day has a bass solo too. If i had to do that for my BGCSE music thing i would probly do one of those.
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#33
could you write your own? or do your own spin on something maybe?

I've been messing about with "greensleeves" - I'm thinking of tabbing it soon, but I'll have to PM the guy who done it for guitar 1st cos I basically learnt the guitar 1st and transposed it an octave down on bass.
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#36
i did my gcse performance on bass, and the teacher litterally told me that bass isnt a good instrument to peform because you dont have many songs written for bass only. so i did mine on trumpet instead
u could find some cello peices, and tranpose it for bass.
#37
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I did this and I got an overall A
Seriously though, Do Amerika by Jaco if you have a fretless, its easy peasy and it sounds fantastic.
Or Love Thang by Stu Hamm.
Do you have to have the sheet music as well though?
I did for mine.
#38
I went to the effort of tabbing Sonata in G minor out in guitar pro for my solo performance, I've posted it on here and it could be just the kind of thing you're looking for? Plenty of room for emotional expression and dynamic invention..
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#39
Thanks for all the replies people, but I chose to go with "are you in" by incubus, I showed it to my teacher and she said it is the perfect sort of difficulty that they are looking for
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Thanks for all the replies people, but I chose to go with "are you in" by incubus, I showed it to my teacher and she said it is the perfect sort of difficulty that they are looking for

Best of luck, man.
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