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I'm a huge Beatles fan, and I want to get more into Paul's bass playing. I have a couple questions and it would be helpful if someone could help me. I tried using the search bar but it says it's disabled.

How can I get closer to his tone? I just want to know what kind of gear he uses and techniques he uses. Also I've seen Paul use a pick a lot but when I use a pick playing Beatles songs, it sounds more robotic than using fingers.

Also, can you please tell me some more difficult Beatles songs on bass? Many I've learned so far are pretty easy. I'm still a beginner and I want some harder Beatles songs to push me further. The hardest Beatles song I know is "I Saw Her Standing There" and I've got it down.

I'd greatly appreciate any help with these questions. Thanks.
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You really want his tone? Man, I think it's the worst non-Gibson tone I've ever heard, especially later on - but anyways:

He used either a Hofner Violin bass in the early years or a Rickenbacker in the later years. Hofners are not tone monsters, and $200 violin copies sound and play just as good as the $3000 real thing. He used picks and flatwound strings - you'd be surprised how much just getting a set of flatwounds will make your tone more like his.

Don't worry about the Rickenbacker - the flatwounds pretty much circumcise the Ric qualities we all know and love. Especially on Abbey Road - he used Rotosound Nylon TruBass flatwounds on that record (the whole thing from what I understand). Get a set of those, and no matter the bass, you'll have that "whale smashing its tail into an empty water tower" tone in no time - just make sure you use a pick so you can actually hear where one note ends and the other begins.

I can get the tone of Something (sort of) using my Precision, flatwounds, and a pick, but it's not as "bwamm, bwamm, bwamm" as the record.
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Now that Fitz has covered the one side of the block (sound)--lets get on with the song selection. Because one man's easy is another's difficult, can you give us an example of what you have already learned? Thanks!
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Now that Fitz has covered the one side of the block (sound)--lets get on with the song selection. Because one man's easy is another's difficult, can you give us an example of what you have already learned? Thanks!

Thanks a lot Fitz, that helped a lot. I've learned so far A Hard Days Night, Ballad Of John And Yoko, Come Together, Something, Love Me Do, Taxman, I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Saw You Standing There, Hello Goodbye, Birthday, Help, and Got To Get You Into My Life. Most of those are pretty easy.
#5
I believe Sgt. Peppers has quite a few good basslines on it, not overly challenging though but none of his stuff really is, just usually rather fun I find
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Thanks a lot Fitz, that helped a lot. I've learned so far A Hard Days Night, Ballad Of John And Yoko, Come Together, Something, Love Me Do, Taxman, I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Saw You Standing There, Hello Goodbye, Birthday, Help, and Got To Get You Into My Life. Most of those are pretty easy.

I Want You (She's So Heavy) would be a killer line to learn - and there's some cool bass fills in it, too.
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I Want You (She's So Heavy) would be a killer line to learn - and there's some cool bass fills in it, too.


I concur on "She's so Heavy".

"Lovely Rita" is another one I'd recommend, it also has some nice slides at the end.
"Lady Madonna" is not hard, but fun to play.
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I concur on "She's so Heavy".

"Lovely Rita" is another one I'd recommend, it also has some nice slides at the end.
"Lady Madonna" is not hard, but fun to play.

Funny story - a long time ago, I came up with a riff. That riff ended up being Lady Madonna. Boy, did I ever feel stupid.
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Daytripper is also a good song to learn as well. A bit repetitive, but it is rather fun to play.
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Drive My Car has a great riff and it's very bass driven.
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Another favourite of mine to play-"Hey Bulldog". Not terribly hard, not terrible easy, but a kinda cool bassline even for Macca
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if you want a good melodic semi-difficult beatles song, try "Something" its not hard in terms of memorization, but the timing is very tricky. Have fun with it.
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if you want a good melodic semi-difficult beatles song, try "Something" its not hard in terms of memorization, but the timing is very tricky. Have fun with it.

That songs has some very nice parts, but there are a few moments where the bassline was bordering on Captain Beefheart (tell me that the bass line for the "You're asking me will my love grow" part doesn't remind you of the beginning of Pachuco Cadaver at all...)
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obla-di obla-da

happpiest bass line ever!

kinda tough, but not too bad

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He uses his thumb a lot. I you look at the Do They Know Its Xmas video (new one) you can see that.
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Funny story - a long time ago, I came up with a riff. That riff ended up being Lady Madonna. Boy, did I ever feel stupid.


I did the same thing, but with Day Tripper.
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#20
Penny Lane. Love that one. And you can just learn it, or study some of the theory that makes it work, and get into the McCartney way.

Besides, is it just me or does his playing style change around about Sgt Peppers? There is the Paul-is-dead theory...lol
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Penny Lane. Love that one. And you can just learn it, or study some of the theory that makes it work, and get into the McCartney way.

Besides, is it just me or does his playing style change around about Sgt Peppers? There is the Paul-is-dead theory...lol

Yeah... call me crazy but I prefer the new Paul to the dead one.
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For a song to learn I'd say Maxwell's Silver Hammer

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#23
Just so you know, I Saw Her Standing There's bassline was copied directly from a Chuck Berry song.

As for gear, until before the single Rain/Paperback Writer he was using the Hofner Violin Bass, after that, Rickenbacker basses until the end with some exceptions. Can't say anything about amps though.
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Besides, is it just me or does his playing style change around about Sgt Peppers? There is the Paul-is-dead theory...lol


thats what lsd does to ppl :p

sgt peppers was very different for everyone

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