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Jeez - what do you guys consider to be the most important part of a bass line? For me, it's that (A) you can remember it - that is, sing it, and (B), once you DO sing it, you can't get it out of your head, and ©, the bass line is the foundation of the song - without it, the song isn't there.

 

Following my own logic, the first place tie would have to be betwen "Wipe Out" and the "Batman" theme (from the television show, not one of the movies), second would probably be In a Gadda Da Vida, and third would be a tie between Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" and Sly and the Family Stone's "If You Want Me To Stay" (The first bass part I ever stole for a jingle).

Dave Martin

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I like these, but it is so hard.

 

Right now I am working hard on my fretless 6 to learn some tunes off of the Jellowjackets CD Mint Jam. I have the book in front of me and it is still very difficult stuff.

 

I know everyone has their favs, and Jaco gets tossed around so much, but if you haven't listened to Jimmy Haslip play some of these beautiful melodies (right along with the sax or keys) and incredible solos, you really need to.

 

Back to practicing.

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Originally posted by Bumpcity:

"Kiss" by Prince

:D
I got it. I got it. I got it. That's what I meant by using the " :D " in my earlier post.

 

And I want credit, Bump, dammit! :mad:

 

And yes, I remember that joke being up on the board for a prior thread.

 

Peace.

Doh!!! Double-extra bonus points for his Sweetness, Wally, and Scoot. I'm going to the penalty box for 2 minutes, where I'll feel shame, and then be set free.
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Originally posted by Bumpcity:

Doh!!! Double-extra bonus points for his Sweetness, Wally, and Scoot. I'm going to the penalty box for 2 minutes, where I'll feel shame, and then be set free.

Send a nice fat gift certificate from Bass Northwest and all will be forgiven. :evil:

 

I'm going to go listen to "Kiss" now and work on my chops. ;)

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Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

 

In lieu of that, self-flagellation will have to suffice. Or else having to play your next gig thru a Gorilla 1x8 combo! :evil:

 

I'm going to go listen to "Kiss" now and work on my chops. ;)

What's with the diss on the Gorilla combos?

 

Have you ever played Rock & Roll All Night through one of these babies? Now that's a treat. Where did I put my facepaint and platform boots?

 

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Originally posted by getz76:

Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

 

In lieu of that, self-flagellation will have to suffice. Or else having to play your next gig thru a Gorilla 1x8 combo! :evil:

 

What's with the diss on the Gorilla combos?

 

Have you ever played Rock & Roll All Night through one of these babies? Now that's a treat. Where did I put my facepaint and platform boots?

 

http://64.95.118.51/images/opti/95/02/6717741p1147D-resized80.jpg

My first amp was a Gorilla combo. I have not a single fond memory of glorious tone emitting from its speaker. :( It served me adequately, but never well, in various situations. We all say that the great players will sound great regardless of the equipment they have to play. Gorilla is an exception to that as far as bass goes.

 

:D

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Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Ever hear of a Stone amp? Thats what I'm working with here... funny story I have an old stereo system (almost as old as myself... maybe older) but it has a remote, and when you have the amp on and push any button on the remote you can hear beeping in the amp.
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ok I have two:

 

Puffy Taco - Victor Lopez

I played this song in my school jazz band last year. Its so cool. DL it sometime...

 

YYZ - Rush

This intro is just so cool. Primus plays that riff before "John the Fisherman" And I figured it out a few days ago, so yea.

 

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Simple yet oh so melodic little bassline from a song called "Fade Away" by a band called "Che Fu" from a little country called New Zealand. Very nice reggae soul thing eh.
"Yeah we can play it...justafter a few gallons of beer!"
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Originally posted by Travis Harms:

My favorite bass line has to be the line from Chameleon.

It is simple but it is funky.

It is. It's also not played by a bass. The bass player is doung a rhythmic thing up high, involving the flat seventh.

 

That is, if you're talking about Herbie Hancock's Chameleon. If, not, never mind...

Dave Martin

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Originally posted by Dave Martin:

Originally posted by Travis Harms:

My favorite bass line has to be the line from Chameleon.

It is simple but it is funky.

It is. It's also not played by a bass.
The best bassline is not actually played on a bass?!? Sacrilege! ;) Oh well, IMO the minimoog is still one of the best bass instruments out there.
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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Anything played by Stevie Wonder's left hand is a great bassline. :D

 

(I've posted that before, haven't I? :rolleyes: )

I'm with you there... who am I to judge the instrument of choice? If it's funky, who cares if it's a bass guitar, a double bass, a keyboard, a tuba, a trombone, a... okay, enough.
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I always liked the little "you lose" figure from "The Price Is Right" - sounds like it was recorded old-school with a pick and flatwounds. reminds me of some of the music from "The Brady Bunch" too. There's some keyboard out there that has a patch called "Brady Bass" that sounds exactly like a flatwound-strung P-bass played with a pick and palm-muted. I laughed my ass off when I came across it in a music store. I think it was an Alesis.

 

Selecter gets big ups for mentioning "Silly Love Songs." :thu:

 

And hey - no one said "Dazed And Confused"? That's a technical foul. Four more of those and you're out of the game.

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OK - I tried to stay out of this but I can't.

 

I love McCartney. Great lines throughout a long and varied career. I don't like the song Silly Love Songs, and I don't thing the bass line is anything special. The most distinguishing factor is the jazz-honk almost-burp-gun tone (which does nothing for me either).

 

Look at his work and pick any one of a zillion other lines that are better (we already agree that there have been better songs). I'll suggest a few, but there are more than I can name here...

 

Sexy Sadie

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Heart Of The Country

Magneto And Titanium Man

 

Nothing outrageous, just good solid parts that are more than mainly roots (or I'd include I Don't Want To Spoil The Party).

 

Count me out of that silly stuff.

 

Tom

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Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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