#1
Hey guys, i'm a guitar player but my friend wants me to play bass in his punk band because i'm not very experienced. He plays stuff by nofx, rancid, and AFI so what are some pretty easy songs on bass I should learn? I'm already learning a couple songs by the Descendents and Red Hot Moon but does anyone have some suggestions?
#2
rancid has some difficult bass parts so id wait until you're a little more experienced to play that im not sure about those other bands though. Try some sex pistols stuff their stuff is easy and it is a great way to start playing punk.
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#4
nofx shouldnt be too bad i'd start with that, once you start getting really good try out rancid and anti-flag that should keep you good for a while ha
#5
Some AFI bass parts are kinda hard too. Just look at Affliction, thats a pretty punky song and the bass is hard I think. Sex Pistols is pretty easy, some older Green Day is pretty simple, maybe some Bad Religion as well. Most Alkaline Trio is simple, and the songs themselves are great I think.
EDIT: Anti-Flag is super-difficult. I would definatly not attempt that stuff until later. Most punk is picked, as Im sure you know, so work on that picking speed. And learn scales and stuff like that, please don't just play root notes. Good bass makes things much more interesting.
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#6
alot of nofx songs are good to learn on, sometimes they're hard and sometimes they're not though. AFI defiantly has some intense stuff, i woulden't go there untill later. Keep playing decendents stuff, old greenday. Check out stiff little fingers, adolescents, authority zero, minor threat would help your speed, rancid will be a good challenge, check out the queers as well and some suicide machines.

the bands you listed as well as what i listed have bass players that usually don't just follow the roots, which is the way it should be, there's alot of harmonies and walking stuff as well as fills, learn your scales and boxes and stuff.
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#7
Learn some Operation Ivy before you go on to Rancid, it's a little bit easier (same guy). Once you're comfortable (shouldn't be too long) move on to Anti-Flag stuff. Chris #2 is nuts.
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Learn some Operation Ivy before you go on to Rancid, it's a little bit easier (same guy). Once you're comfortable (shouldn't be too long) move on to Anti-Flag stuff. Chris #2 is nuts.

Just curious, what difficult Anti-Flag stuff would you recommend for an advanced player? I've been getting into punk, but am finding it hard to discover interesting basslines.

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Just curious, what Anti-Flag stuff would you recommend?

turncoat's good but its pretty hard if your not that great, also 1 trillion dollars might be a good starting point its a lot slower than the usual.But i cant think of any more right now if only i had all the anti-flag albums on my MP3 player xD.

Oh maybe die for your government.
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#10
Bad Religion is good, American Jesus is one of the first bass songs I learned. Also, Same Old Story by Pennywise has a very similar bassline.
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#12
The Clash bass lines are normally quite easy, but they do get more involved as Simonon got better. Songs like London Calling are good fun but not overly difficult.
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The press corpse is pretty hard. I've only heard the For Blood and Empire album though so i can't think of any more.
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This Is The End (For You My Friend) has a pretty fast, interesting sounding bassline; not sure how hard it is, you should look it up.
#15
You guys are awesome thanks for the helpful and quick replies, I have Myage by the Descendents up to speed and i'm gonna find some good minor threat and op ivy songs to learn
#16
learn the crowd by op ivy good bass song
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#18
NoFx is pretty brutal at times (see the idiots are taking over), Rancid isn't bad at all (if you have a little speed in your hands), Bad religion is pretty easy, so are the Misfits and Ramones.

Basically if you want to learn punk i say start with bad religion and work your way upto Rancid and then NoFx.
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#19
F**k It Up by Towers of London was the first punk song i learned, its easy but pretty catchy
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A New Kind Of Army is a nice one.
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blink-182!!!!!!!
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#24
fall back down by rancid is pretty easy 4 a rancid song.

a hard anti-flag song is the press corpse, id tell you but, a project for a new american century, good and ready, if u wanna steal you better learn how to lie & old guard has a cool bassline.
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#27
Rancid is pretty fun to play, most of it isn't that difficult. There is a lot of interesting Alkaline Trio bass lines you can learn too. Blink 182 is pretty good to start with as well. Anti-Flag has a few good ones too, though they can be pretty fast at times.
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