#1
just a general discussion about what the coolest/most impressive basslines are, for if you're trying to show people what you're all about, or what your skillset is. I'd usually go for a machine gun line like hysteria by Muse or taxman by Beatles for a bit of groove. what do you like to play to push yourself? what, in your opinion, is the best basssline in the world?
#2
if you want to push yourself take a look at flea playing in the first RHCP albums
#3
Yeah, definitely RHCP. If you prefer something more rock/metal, then try Tool or Mudvayne
#4
Motown stuff. James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt lines from the late 50's through 70's are my favorite basslines out there.

After a while, technicallity reaches a bit of a plateau. You kinda get to the point where technical prowess teeters on the edge of 'just because i can'. For me, i then question the musicallity and listenabillity of it.

For the past few years, i've been MUCH more worried about the feel of things.

Take the song, 'What's Going On' by Marvin Gaye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f39Zs0gB87c). The bass line that Jamerson plays isn't THAT technical... but damn... to make the notes you DO play sound good takes some next level skill.

So yeah... that's how i see and do things these days. I've found that this attitude translates to the myrriad of styles i play.

Don't worry about what you CAN play... worry about what you DO play.


Here are a few of my faves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5VaRSEvq8U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mm_lnHVz4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=076hAabSqN0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUiQzhA0Go

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og6MJ4hBRl4
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Last edited by Din of Win at May 13, 2011,
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Motown stuff. James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt lines from the late 50's through 70's are my favorite basslines out there.

After a while, technicallity reaches a bit of a plateau. You kinda get to the point where technical prowess teeters on the edge of 'just because i can'. For me, i then question the musicallity and listenabillity of it.

For the past few years, i've been MUCH more worried about the feel of things.

Take the song, 'What's Going On' by Marvin Gaye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f39Zs0gB87c). The bass line that Jamerson plays isn't THAT technical... but damn... to make the notes you DO play sound good takes some next level skill.

So yeah... that's how i see and do things these days. I've found that this attitude translates to the myrriad of styles i play.

Don't worry about what you CAN play... worry about what you DO play.



I'm with you on that one... they may not be the most technically challenging basslines out there, but holy hell is his timing and emotion out of sight. He is one of very few musicans who after the first bar, you know it's him every time.

I love the fact that his lines also reflect the talent of the singer. The weaker the singer the harder he grooves and the more he stays in the pocket. But then when he starts playing with extremely talented musicans like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson... he still holds down a rock solid groove, but the counter melodies he plays with them, blow my mind. I have never seen anyone who can hold down a groove like that, while playing a counter melody.

A few of my favorites are "For once in my life", "Darling Dear", "I'm gonna make you love me", ect...

Stevie, The Temps, Marvin, ect... were all extremely talented but Jamerson lines defined motown, too bad he and everyone else in the Sankepit never got their due until it was too late

Another good one to check out is Carol Kaye, she was playing around the same time as Jamerson... but was out in LA, she did alot of work with bands like the Beach Boys. They are not the most technically challenging songs either, but like Jamerson they are fun to listen to and more importantly they are fun to play.
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#7
pretty much anything by rush (or any prog rock: Yes, Dream theater, Tool). the rust in peace album by megadeth has some pretty difficult stuff, along with most iron maiden (especially phantom of the opera).
I personally enjoy playing "take the power back" by RATM and "malignant narcissism" by rush.
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Another good one to check out is Carol Kaye, she was playing around the same time as Jamerson... but was out in LA, she did alot of work with bands like the Beach Boys. They are not the most technically challenging songs either, but like Jamerson they are fun to listen to and more importantly they are fun to play.


Yessir!!!

Haha.. i got hip to the Carol Kaye picking method a few years ago and haven't looked back! Before then it was all DeeDee Ramone style down strokes... thanks to Mrs Kaye, i'm aaaaaalmost as good with a pick as i am with my fingers!

There's a TON of good info on her site: http://www.carolkaye.com/www/education/tips1.htm
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#9
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Yessir!!!

Haha.. i got hip to the Carol Kaye picking method a few years ago and haven't looked back! Before then it was all DeeDee Ramone style down strokes... thanks to Mrs Kaye, i'm aaaaaalmost as good with a pick as i am with my fingers!

There's a TON of good info on her site: http://www.carolkaye.com/www/education/tips1.htm


Nodoubt, I picked up one of her DVD's a while back... it was from the early 80's but still well worth it. Her view on using Chordal tones and chormatics are awesome!

That DVD actually helped a ton in trying to figure out Jamerson
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#10
Rare Earth has some great basslines in quite of a few of their songs that really stand out
#11
Any nice easy slap bass lines you guys recommend? So far my favourites which I can play are:

Men In Black theme song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7CePeRW6eM
Take Power Back - RATM - Previously mentioned
Love Roller-coaster RHCP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-lbIfaqm0U
Know Your Enemy - RATM - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf5GQhdbrzs
Brick House - Commodores - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBx6mAWYPU
Not good enough yet for Hair by Graham Central Station or Level 42 lines.

Some of my non slap recommendations:
Beat Goes On - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slldMEPvUqA
September - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfLEc09tTjI
Last edited by mikka23 at May 14, 2011,
#12
Emergency on planet earth- jamiroquai is a nice easy slap piece that you can groove and improv to at your fancy.
Some other ones i like.
Want you back- Jackson 5
good times-chic
(dont) Give hate a chance-jamiroquai

Also something i really into is dubstep and a lot of older dub, before it became "Grimey" or whatever is the slow laid back bass they get going.
Artists like Digital Mystikz, Skream, Burial etc etc. Especially if you have the right tools to get some low wobbles on your bass. Its one of my favourite genres to play.
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#13
Faith No More - Evidence

I love the song as a whole but the bass is just smooth imo.
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