#1
Hey everyone...
Well, lately I've been slacking behind on my sheet music and theory (as always ) and I'm currently more interested in getting my chops up than anything else...Playing more of other peoples music to get my fingers stronger, faster, more precise, etc...

I just downloaded the "Sea of Lies" guitar pro tab and got the main riff and the little tapping part thats after it near the begining of the song...So now I'm interested in playing other songs that are a kind of finger workout like this one...(I can also play about half of Dream Theater's "Honor Thy Father" and I can play "The Dance of Eternity" from the begining to the riff right after the bass solo, yea I can do the bass solo but not as fast and clean as Myung yet)...So if that helps any as to what my skill level is near than any suggestions as to what songs to play next would be great...Any genre, any band, any song, as long as the bass part is interesting and challenging...but not mindblowingly superdifficult ...

Thanks
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I see you like metal. Try some Atheist, Watchtower, Cynic and Spiral Architect.

Yea I have a few Atheist tabs in my little Guitar Pro Tabs collection, I've progressed the most in Peace of Time, but I dont know about the other bands...Could you name a few songs by them?
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#4
Well, Watchtower tabs are hard to come by, because they're a rather obscure band. Even just listening to the songs seems to inspire me to improve my bass skills though. Almost all of the songs are bass-driven like Atheist, so you're pretty safe with their entire catalogue.

Spiral Architect: Try "Fountainhead" and "Spinning"

Cynic's bassist Tony Choy is nothing short of amazing, using all of four of his picking fingers, as well as his thumb. In fact, he played on the second and third Atheist albums, filling in for Roger Patterson after he died. Check out "The Eagles Nature" and "Sentiment".

Cheers.
#5
^Thanks a lot man, I'll look into those...


Anything else?...anyone?
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#6
Try some of Victor Wooten's "Me And My Bass Guitar" and "Classical Thump".

Jaco Pastorius' "Donna Lee", "Portrait Of Tracy", "Chromatic Fantasy".

Weather Report's "Teen Town".

Racer X's "Technical Difficulties" and "Scarified".

Stanley Clarke's "School Days".

Just a few that come to mind.

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#7
when you say work your chops.. what exactly do you want to work? just speed? fingering? what?
#8
Dragonforce is a good playing hand workout.
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I agree with Resiliance and Primate-Primus


Jaco Stuff is so amazing, im more of a guitarist/drummer.
but my favorite recording artist EVER is jaco. I love the guy.
so that says something.

Check out "Opus Pocus" and "6/4 Jam" and possibly the greatest song ever (**** stairway) "Portrait Of Tracy"

DragonForce is an amazing band but really just for doule kick pedals and amazing guitar work, im gonna see them this year on ozzfest.

I say Bela Flecks stuff.
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Dragonforce is a good playing hand workout.


if you listen carefully to the bass, it seems to be playing moderatley slow, especially when put against that insane guitar shredding. at least on sonic storm anyway.

stanley clarke will kick your thumb's ass if thats what your going for. deffinately anything by him on return to forever or schooldays. vic wooten's classical thump will improve thumbing and finger strenght on your fretting hand greatly as well as your dexterity for hammer ons.

if your not a thumber, try plying some charlie parker, a lot of scale work that really stretches out the hand. charles mingus is a good choice too. plus, reading their sheet music will improve your reading at the same time. kill two birds with one stone.
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#12
wow, all great suggestions guys, looks like I've got quite a list now...

And applehead, yea I should have been more clear on what "chops" exactly I wanted to work...what I meant about chops was more of my fretting hands dexterity and precision, but these songs will be all great pieces to try and learn...And Applehead, can you give me the 5 string version of that tab?...That'd be great...

Anyways, my slapping isnt nearly as clean as my fingerpicking (which isnt anything special anyway) so I guess I should try some Wooten at VERY SLOW SPEEDS, lol...And I feel like playing some Primus, havent done that in a while...Any suggestions on some good slapping songs from them?...Besides Tommy the Cat...

and also...

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stanley clarke will kick your thumb's ass if thats what your going for.


BTW Thanks again for the help everyone
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...And I feel like playing some Primus, havent done that in a while...Any suggestions on some good slapping songs from them?...Besides Tommy the Cat...


try my name is mud, shake hands with beef, master of puppets, golden boy, and hellbound 17 1/2

look into oysterhead and frog brigade too. little faces and armies on extacy from oysterhead, then riddles are abound tonight from frog brigade(well, sausage to be technical)
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Well, Watchtower tabs are hard to come by, because they're a rather obscure band. Even just listening to the songs seems to inspire me to improve my bass skills though. Almost all of the songs are bass-driven like Atheist, so you're pretty safe with their entire catalogue.

Spiral Architect: Try "Fountainhead" and "Spinning"

Cynic's bassist Tony Choy is nothing short of amazing, using all of four of his picking fingers, as well as his thumb. In fact, he played on the second and third Atheist albums, filling in for Roger Patterson after he died. Check out "The Eagles Nature" and "Sentiment".

Cheers.


Thats almsot imposible for me...my pinky adds Zero speed.
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#16
little off topic the song topic, but maybe sweeps wopuld really clean up your hands' articulation.
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#17
I just started Incubus' 4th Movement of the Odessy the other day... jesus christ. Einzeiger gets better on every record!!!

Heres a link to the tab:
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/i/incubus/everything_is_dead_tab.htm
Heres a link to the song:
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~acoble/1/4th%20Movement%20of%20the%20Odyssey%20-%20Incubus.mp3
The bass follows the bottom note of the guitar line pretty much exactly.

This has been bugging me for a while now. I've got it pretty close. And, this is my new favorite Incubus song (thats saying a lot from me). Really, just give it a good listen.

EDIT: you need to fast-forward past the drums (like 2:06).

And BTW, Flea plays trumpet on this particular track


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Thats almsot imposible for me...my pinky adds Zero speed.

Same, working on it though.