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Ever since my last band broke up, I've been in a practice funk (and not the good kind).

I've been pouring over theory in an attempt to occupy my time and make myself better, but I've steadily lost interest in playing the past couple of months.

So...I've decided to practice songs that I find fun to play.

Examples:

RHCP - Give it away - must be played while jumping up and down on the bed :D

Better Than Ezra - Good

OutKast - Hey Ya

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Deee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

etc...

I guess I feel burnt out and still angry and bitter over the break up of my band. I really need to relax and rediscover the fun I used to have while playing.

I would also apprciate any recommendations for songs to practice. They don't have to be techical songs. Just fun songs that make your feet tap or your booty move. I'm really wanting to just have fun for awhile.

Tenstrum

 

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I think you picked some good songs. Anything that helps your technique.....any RHCP is good in my book or anything just plain fun.

 

When I am feeling burnt out, sometimes I jam with friends, play in an open mic night, or go see a good band to get some motivation. That usually does the trick. Have you tried any of these?

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Purple has a wealth of great material. Smoke is nearly the least of their considerable output.

Originally posted by EddiePlaysBass:

Call me old-fashioned but I always get a kick out of Black Night :) Doesn't have to be Smoke On The Water to be Deep Purple ! Woman From Tokyo is fun too.

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Sting songs either with Police or Solo are good.

 

Hey Ya is a good choice, especially the time signature change on the chorus. i.e. 3 bars of 4/4, 1 bar of 2/4 and 2 bars of 4/4. Brilliant.

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Jamiroquai has some fun & challenging bass lines

 

Muse, too

 

some of the funkier incubus is a lot of fun

 

If you've ever seen video of Primus playing American Life, that's a really fun riff just 'cause of the motion of your hand (it looks a lot like you're waving). For the longest time, I thought claypool used delay on that song, but the different tones in the part come from alternating striking the D & G strings with the tops & bottoms of your fingers (nails vs. skin)

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Originally posted by SpookyKid:

I think you picked some good songs. Anything that helps your technique.....any RHCP is good in my book or anything just plain fun.

 

When I am feeling burnt out, sometimes I jam with friends, play in an open mic night, or go see a good band to get some motivation. That usually does the trick. Have you tried any of these?

Love the Chili Peppers. I know most of Blood Sugar Sex Magic. Give it away has always been my favorite.

I go see live bands almost every weekend. The problem is that I want to get on stage and then I start getting pissed off because I busted my ass getting the last band to the point of playing out regular just to have it fall apart due to backstabbing and attitudes. (Yeah, I have anger issues at the moment. :mad: )

I'm really not looking to improve anything. I just want to have fun and get a positive attitude back. Something that I used to have...

Tenstrum

 

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Tenstrum...I know exactly what you mean. Same thing happened to my band last year...a lot of backstabbing, attitude and we had a full schedule too....some crazy stuff went down, but that's another story...

 

So let me see...I have been listening lately to a lot of the Police, The Funky Meters, The Allman Brothers, Old Van Halen and even the Doobie Brothers. A little bit eclectic but fun bass lines.

"You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun." - Al Capone

 

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"Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter. Go with the synth parts and do it ALL! Try to fit in all those extra grace notes in between the signature riff if you can, or just work your rage into the riff and the subsequent rhythm patterns. Nothing says anger management quite like "DAH-DAH DAH-DAH du-DAH-DAH-DAHHHH, DAH-DAH DAH-du-DAH!"

 

During the percussion break you can beat on your bass neck, over the pickups, on the sides, check out the different percussion tones on the instrument. Then in your next band get your guitar player into it.

 

Trust me, it'll keep you occupied for a while. :D

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Originally posted by EddiePlaysBass:

Call me old-fashioned but I always get a kick out of Black Night :) Doesn't have to be Smoke On The Water to be Deep Purple ! Woman From Tokyo is fun too.

Right. Deep Purple has sort of a one-dimensional reputation, but these guys could seriously throw down. Pick up a copy of Made in Japan and prepare to have your head thrown right back. A lot. I'm not into "metal" at all, but this album simply kills, musically.
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Old Rush always does the trick for me when I'm down.

 

Another thing I like to do is jam to stuff that is way over my head. Once in awhile I can actually amaze myself.

 

Hang in there Tenstrum. My guitarist just told us that he and his family are moving to Kentucky in 3 monthes. I will lose the only paying gig I have right now but I'm almost relieved. No more bars! Wooohooo!

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RHCP - Give it away - must be played while jumping up and down on the bed
my fav. RHCP songs:

 

Around the World (Very fun, and shows off my slap technique)

Can't Stop (can be easily played while jumping)

Sir Phsyco Sexy (Influenced me to buy a Synth pedal)

Californication (isn't it a standard when you live in Cali? :D )

 

Flea infulenced me to buy the MXR micro amp, which, by the way, is amazing when you want to boost your signal during solo's or what not.

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Originally posted by Bass_god_offspring:

Around the World (Very fun, and shows off my slap technique)

Slap?

 

BSSM was responsible for setting me off in the single-minded search for further funk. Great songs (on the whole), great playing, great production, and simply a genre defining (and surpassing) monster of an album.

 

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Weezer, Tired of Sex

Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen

Violent Femmes, Add it up

Black Flag, Gimme Gimme Gimme

Talking Heads, Psycho Killer

Stone Temple Pilots, Meatplow

Soundgarden, Rusty Cage

At The Drive In, One Armed Scissor

Sonic Youth, 100%

The Smiths, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable

Smashing Pumpkins, Cherub Rock

RATM, How I Could Just Kill A Man

Radiohead, How to Disapeer Completely

Bowie, Rebel Rebel

Prodigy, Smack my B!@#% Up!

Pantera, 5 Minutes Alone

Nirvana, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Muddy Waters, Caldonia

Modest Mouse, Polar Opposites

Metallica, Ride the Lightning

Megadeth, Hangar 18

Offspring, ...I'm forgetting the name...My friend has a girlfriend and he hates that ....

Lou Reed, Candy Says

Lenny Kravitz, It Ain't Over 'til Its Over

Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart

Hendrix, Hey Joe

Jethro Tull, Aqualung

James Brown, SexMachine (Get ON UP!)

Interpol, Evil

GNR, Rocket Queen

Fugazi, Waiting Room

The Doors, Love Me Two Times

Deftones, Be Quiet and Drive Far Away

CCR, Traveling Band

Cake, I will Survive

Black Sabbath, Paranoid

Beastie Boys, Fight for your Right

Alice in Chains, Would?

Z Z Top, Tush

I haven't worked this one out yet but the new System of a Down, BYOB

 

I'm sorry I listed so many, possibly someone will find something on this list that they will want to play.

This is just sort of a cross section of what I have under control or will work on a bit tonight.

I understand what you mean about the band falling apart and that leaving you unwilling to practice. Maybe the next band will work out.

 

Then again, I just might have to drink about it tonight :) .

Double what we got o mr. roboto

 

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Mike F - I've played many of those songs in the past. Kinda uncanny...thought I was having a flashback to a previous band...

 

I do need to learn some Police songs. "Message in a bottle" is my favorite.

 

Around the World - learned that one once upon a time.

Can't Stop - definitely groovy)

Sir Phsyco Sexy - perverse and makes me smile.. :D

Californication - learned that in a previous band just to end up not playing because the guitarist didn't want to play it :mad:

 

Been awhile since I tackled some Rush. I feel "Working Man" calling my name.

 

Don't shoot me, but my favorite Deep Purple album is Perfect Strangers....wierd I know...

 

I do appreciate every ones suggestions. Giving me losts of ideas.

Funny thing happened this morninng...

Walked out to my car to go to work and surprise! Flat tire! Went to change it. Suprise! My spare was flat....

Walking to the gas station, through my neighborhood, spare tire in hand, and I wasn't angry...

I was actually whistling...

Beautiful day! (If a bit chilly). A Monty Python song running through my head...

"Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Other things just make you swear and curse.

When you're chewing on life's gristle

Don't grumble, give a whistle

And this'll help things turn out for the best...

 

And...always look on the bright side of life...

Always look on the light side of life...

".

;)

Tenstrum

 

"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

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Hey, I have one more suggestion for a fun jam along:

 

Tchaikovsky ;)

"He is to music what Stevie Wonder is to photography." getz76

 

I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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:) I thought some of our taste might run in the same vein.

I have thought about some police songs as well.

I don't think I have the vocal range for roxanne though. :)

Double what we got o mr. roboto

 

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Offspring, ...I'm forgetting the name...My friend has a girlfriend and he hates that ....
that would be the Offspring's "Why don't you get a Job"

 

:)

-BGO

 

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Music is its own reward

 

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Maybe finding fun songs is not the only thing that can help. Other possibilities include:

 

* You could sit all day on your butt like me, doing paperwork... or not...

 

* Get some sort of practice headphone rig, and really *listen* to your playing in a new way

 

* *Form* a new band. Some people have more fun being a leader than a follower.

 

* Get into MIDI sequencing.

 

Just some thoughts, humbly submitted, as I take a break between "administrative duties"...

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You should definitely not be having fun while playing music. It's a very serious thing, this music stuff, and it should always be handled in a very... um... errr...

 

Dude, play some Sabbath.

 

Geezer Butler is one of the all-time greatest bassists.

\m/

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I used to play some "NIB" back in the day. Definitely had fun jamming on it...

 

Think I'm going to add "Doctor Love" to my list.. ;)

Tenstrum

 

"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

Harry Dresden, Storm Front

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I used to play some "NIB" back in the day. Definitely had fun jamming on it...

 

Think I'm going to add "Calling Doctor Love" to my list.. ;)

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"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

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I've also added: Magic Carpet Ride, Misty Mountain Hop, and Trampled Under Foot.

 

On a side note, think I'm gonna have ta pick up Led's Complete Studio Recording box set.

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"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

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