#1
When I first started playing bass, I played only metal because that's all I listened to at the time. As I've gotten older, I've began to play stuff like Stevie Wonder, Parliament, Talking Heads and Gang Gang Dance where the bass lines stand out more and have that much more of a punch because of how driven they sound.

I just finished learning Halleluwah by Can and was wondering if any of you guys had recommendations? It doesn't have to be challenging or anything, but I'm just looking for bass lines that drive songs with particular grooves.

Sorry, I'm a bit stoned and probably am not making too much sense, but this would be awesome. Thank you!
#2
Everything that The Meters have done - Cissy Strut, People Say etc. all have great, up front grooving basslines.

Another classic line is Glide by Pleasure.

*EDIT* Oh and I forgot - I Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters - such a great groove *EDIT*
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#3
I think there are some pretty cool bass lines in Godsmack's What If and Love-Hate-Sex-Pain. Not incredibly challenging, but they really make the song
#4
Infectious Grooves are pretty badass, and Primus if you want more rock oriented stuff.

Sly and the Family Stone have some good stuff, Bootsie Collins is rad too.
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#5
The Rolling Stones have some funky basslines.

Also check out some of Incubus, a lot of their stuff is pretty funky.
#6
311 also
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#8
jamiroquai - runaway is groovy as shit.
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#9
Okay I checked out some The Meters stuff first since that was the only group I hadn't really heard of. Jesus Christ. Ain't No Use is one hell of a song. Great suggestion, buddy! Thank you.

Oh yeah! I forgot all about Jamiroquai. Never thought about trying to play any of his stuff. Thanks! =]
#10
Graham Central Station, Betty Davis, Bootsie Collins, Ohio Players, they all got many groovy songs. There's one particular song from the 70's that I think it has a freakin awesome groove. It's the song Exorcism by Pax, a peruvian band. I think that Billy Cobham totally ripped off the song to make Stratus. But anyway, great stuff.
#11
Dr. Dre "The Chronic"
Ohio Players
Dixie Dreggs/Steve Morris have pretty good lines.
Anything with Jerry Peek or John Patitucci.

Ernest Ranglin "Below The Bassline" is a must have record for any bassist/guitarist. I don't care what you play, that album is killer

Fugazi, they're a hardcore band, but the line for Waiting Room is sick as shit

Sublime
Asher Roth
Mark Minelli

I'm overwhelming you, I'll let you pick through those.
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#12
and i forgot to mention i need a dollar - aloe blacc, is a pretty nice simple groove as well.
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#14
Don't laugh but seriously Village People are great songs for basslines. YMCA, In The Navy, Macho Man all good fun
#15
Chic, Stevie wonder, Tower of power, Jamiroquai, brand new heavies, All motown, James Brown, Groove armada, Incognito, Donna Summer, Areetha Franklin, Maze, Kool & the gang, Ian Dury, Air, Zero 7. I could go on and on and on. Get a greatest hits album of all of these bands plus more. Bernard Edwards, Stuart Zender, James Jamerson, Nate Watts etc etc should defiantly be listened to a lot.
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#16
Stones,"can't alwats get what you want",Staole singers "I'll take you there"Curtis Mayfield,"freddie's dead"
#17
The Staple Singers song is wonderful. One of my favourite bass solos in the bridge.

Get some early James Brown stuff down. And Sly and The Family Stone. And Chic. And if you like the Meters, check out a Aussie band called The Bamboos. And War. Oh and most Motown up to about 1977. And Stax/Tamala stuff. And King Floyd's "Groove Me". And the Ohio Players. And if you want a hard mix of alternative and funk, check out Gang of Four.

And Sam, I love you for suggesting Ian Dury.

And more on great funk disco basslines... Here's Guy Pratt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_3Jc54k1Es
#18
Awe yeah this thread's still alive =D
Thanks for the extra suggestions!
I've been learning quite a few of these since I last posted in here, especially The Meters and Jamiroquai. I'm digging how all of these suggestions where exactly what I was looking for, so kudos UG Bass players
#19
the isley brothers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glhdcJ7K3XM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl2v9GrU35U

d'angelo (pino palladino played on voodoo and i believe roy hargrove played the horns):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ48dMwVqPg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1WGn7da0co

erykah badu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7mwZULsVcQ - note: ron carter played bass for this album. yeah, that ron carter.

mayer hawthorne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAxBdYM8opg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpfcydeSGeo

sharon jones and the dap kings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g40THFdhiDk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh5Caj2q-_w

any old motown with james jamerson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHXFOUQBRHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND-iW51idC0

this book is essential. jamerson wrote the vocabulary for soul/funk/gospel/R&B playing. duck dunn too to a lesser extent.

http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Shadows-Motown-Legendary-Jamerson/dp/0881888826/ref=pd_cp_mov_1
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#20
Dunn is good for learning to keep a line in the pocket and lock it down. Playing the line to Green Onions or Time is tight and try to keep locked with him. Its not easy from a pocket playing or stamina standpoint.
#21
Quote by anarkee
Dunn is good for learning to keep a line in the pocket and lock it down. Playing the line to Green Onions or Time is tight and try to keep locked with him. Its not easy from a pocket playing or stamina standpoint.


definitely. simpler really is harder. it's easy to throw triplet rakes and other little syncopations to fill up space between notes. but when you've got to establish a driving, groove rhythm with just a few notes you may start to rush or drag depending on your tendencies and maybe the tempo of the song.

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These students have reached a mid-point in their studies where they have worked very hard and achieved a level of expertise wherein they can hear an internal, steady eighth-note line and can articulate most of what they hear. This is because they have achieved the mid-point goal of all practicing: the development of a strong brain-signal-to-hand-response. At this point in their careers, such students actually will have difficulty not playing. Teachers must move them past this stage to a new understanding: they must first hear everything, be able to play everything they hear, and then play as little of what they hear as possible. The admonition "less is more" is applicable here. Miles Davis was once quoted as saying, "never finish and idea; let the rhythtm section finish it." Since most students practice "finished" ideas, they have difficulty in sensing the end of a phrase when improvising.


he's talking about solos here in a jazz context, but it's definitely still applicable in any kind of syncopated bass setting.

btw, tam do you know if they still publish that duck dunn transcription book? i feel like i remember it being OOP.
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#22
I found a copy in a used book store (sans CD). Its definitely out of print. If you have specific songs that you want Dave, message me on FB and I'll scan them for you.

The book is called What Duck Dunn and its pretty comprehensive.
#23
awesome. i'll be in touch soon most likely. i'll have to check out ebay and half for a copy. seems like it, along with bass fitness, would be the perfect starting book for a novice student. practice reading, practice feel, learning songs as opposed to etudes, etc. does it have chord changes written over the staff?
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#24
Yes, it does.

Which reminds me, I played a 8 minute version of Green Onions last night at my birthday party. I love guitarists and keyboardist who can solo, but god damn that was just brutal. That Fm vamp kills me.
#25
Quote by anarkee
Yes, it does.

Which reminds me, I played a 8 minute version of Green Onions last night at my birthday party. I love guitarists and keyboardist who can solo, but god damn that was just brutal. That Fm vamp kills me.


haha it's the worst! i did it for someone's recital. was tempted to tune down half a step just to get an open string and save myself a shift!

happy belated birthday!
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#26
Chic - Good Times
Chic - I want Your Love
Chic - Everybody Dance

..... Actually, ANYTHING by Chic. Bernard Edwards was one groovy beast.
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#27
Yes and Rush have some good bass lines. Bootsie Collins
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