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Gloria - 3 notes

Stand By Me (the Lennon version)- 4 notes

 

These are the 1st songs I learnt - no practice at home, just straight into it at rehearsal. I already knew my way around a geetar (or so I thought until I saw what experienced played do), so it was just an adaption.

 

Just thumped away till I got the feel of it, then experimented playing at different positions, octaves, I,III,IV etc.

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Turn in tune on cop out, Freak Power

 

easy and groovy. and good excersice for rithm as well

 

Paradise from Sade, Like above.

 

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One of the first songs I learned was Nirvana's unplugged version of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night". You can play it entirely on the low E.

 

Another one was Uriah Heep's "Hanging Tree". I picked that one because a befriended Heepster had sent me the chords, and because I wanted to learn it.

 

I think you should define for yourself "What do I want to learn?" And if you say "The tapping solo in Dream Theater's Metropolis pt 1" I'll slap you silly ;)

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thanks for the replies guys. im basically looking for anything that's rock and easy to play. i listen to a lot of rage, audioslave, nivana, tool, that kinda thing. i know some of their stuff is easy and some is hard so its kinda hard to pick things out. i'll b sure to check out what's here already though, thanks and keep em coming plz.
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For most of the Rage/Audioslave stuff you are going to need a low B string. Other than that, it isn't really that *hard* to play once you get a few months of playing under your belt and learn a few blues scales.

 

Tool tends to be a bit mor difficult.

 

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica can be an easy one. The bass line sticks out well when you listen to that one.

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I was about to look for just such a thread. Ideal for me would be maybe 10 songs to progress through. Don't know that I want to do "Smoke on the Water" again though it might be a good first song. Hmmmm.

 

1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

2. Money - Pink Floyd

3. Immigrants Song - Led Zepplin

4. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

5. Sushine of Your Love - Cream

6. Magic Carpet Ride - Speppenwolf

7. "Oye Como Va" or "Batuka" or "Para Los Rumberos" - Santana

8. Train, Train - Blackfoot

9. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer

10. Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight - Bob Segar

 

That might be a rough draft for my starter set. A bit of variety in style, and gradual increase in difficulty. Substitutes for me might be...

 

New Year's Day - U2

Take Me to the River - Talking Heads

I Go Swimming - Peter Gabrel

La Grange - ZZ Top

 

And if I want to push a bit to practice slides and vibrato ...

 

I Love it When You Call Me Names - Joan Armatrding

 

Robert

 

Edit - I bet that I'm showing my age. :D

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The best beginner songs are songs that you personally like. Regardless of the degree of difficulty you will be inspired to practice them because you like the songs. You'll want to practice them until you can play them.

 

Originally posted by RABid:

3. Immigrants Song - Led Zepplin

"Immigrant Song" is hardly an easy beginner tune to get under your fingers - especially if played properly. Those quick ascending scales in the "chorus" bit are difficult to execute properly.
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Originally posted by drainbamage:

thanks for the replies guys. im basically looking for anything that's rock and easy to play. i listen to a lot of rage, audioslave, nivana, tool, that kinda thing. i know some of their stuff is easy and some is hard so its kinda hard to pick things out. i'll b sure to check out what's here already though, thanks and keep em coming plz.

Learn the entire Nirvana catalog then. The Rage and Audioslave stuff is also fairly basic riff rock - with a few twists to keep it interesting.

 

There are also a number of transcription books available for any of those bands.

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Originally posted by Bumpcity:

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Originally posted by RABid:

3. Immigrants Song - Led Zepplin

"Immigrant Song" is hardly an easy beginner tune to get under your fingers - especially if played properly. Those quick ascending scales in the "chorus" bit are difficult to execute properly.
Thanks. That's the kind of feedback I need. Other than Money, these are songs I played in bands as either the drummer or keyboardist. Smoke on the Water and Money were the first songs I learned on base first time around. The rhythm I can handle. Bass walks will be what I really have to practice. That is why I put Betty Lou last on the list.

 

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Want to try some jazz:

Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island

-- Nice jazz groove

 

Milt Jackson's Bags Grove

-- Minor blues, simple changes

 

Benny Golson's Killer Joe

-- Nice groove, fun to noodle, easy bridge

 

If not:

Hendrix' Little Wing

-- Fully harmonized scale in the riff

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I though the guy was crazy, but my kid's guitar teacher started them off on Damnit by Blink 182. Turns out it's easy enough to grasp but does have you hope around on three strings and works your coordinantion pretty well.

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Metallica's Black Album was the first thing I learned. Pretty easy stuff and I knew the songs by heart. Others could be:

 

Would - Alice in Chains

Money (already mentioned)

Soul to Squeeze - RHCP

Play that Funky Music

Fire - Jimi Hendrix

 

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Originally posted by Paul K:

Smoke on the water....

 

....a fire in the sky....

Yeah, this one crossed my mind, too, as it is one of the first rock songs I learned to play on bass. I would just worry that it's about as relevant to someone wanting to play stuff like Nirvana and Tool, as "Jimmy Cracked Corn" and "Turkey in the Straw" was to me when I was starting out. (Yes, I actually had a book with those songs in it.)

 

Secondly, I originally learned SOTW from a heavily simplified transcription. When I finally spent some time listening to the original recording I could hear a lot of busy stuff going on. So, not sure I'd recommend this one as a "beginner" song anymore.

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Originally posted by RABid:

Originally posted by Bumpcity:

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Originally posted by RABid:

3. Immigrants Song - Led Zepplin

"Immigrant Song" is hardly an easy beginner tune to get under your fingers - especially if played properly. Those quick ascending scales in the "chorus" bit are difficult to execute properly.
Thanks. That's the kind of feedback I need. Other than Money, these are songs I played in bands as either the drummer or keyboardist. Smoke on the Water and Money were the first songs I learned on base first time around. The rhythm I can handle. Bass walks will be what I really have to practice. That is why I put Betty Lou last on the list.

 

Robert

For Zepp, I learned the entire LZ II album when I was getting started. As long as you approach something like "Lemon Song" as improv instead of trying to nail JPJ note-for-note, it's not too bad. At least, I can't remember anything on that album that requires blazing speed (like the "Immigrant Song" runs). "Ramble On" is a favorite of mine from the album; not that many guitarists seem to know it, though.

 

From the first album, "Communication Breakdown" isn't too bad.

 

From III I like "Gallows Pole". Nice and simple, and I think the bass doesn't even come in for half the song. ;)

 

From IV a good beginner song is "Rock And Roll".

 

"The Song Remains The Same" from Houses of the Holy.

 

Anyway, you get the idea. Lots of stuff by them I'd try to tackle first before going after "Immigrant Song". (Besides, isn't it rather difficult to find a singer for that bad boy?)

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Robert [/qb]

For Zepp, I learned the entire LZ II album when I was getting started. As long as you approach something like "Lemon Song" as improv instead of trying to nail JPJ note-for-note, it's not too bad. At least, I can't remember anything on that album that requires blazing speed (like the "Immigrant Song" runs). "Ramble On" is a favorite of mine from the album; not that many guitarists seem to know it, though.

 

 

LZ II - I learnt so much from that album. That, Abbey Road and Blood Sugar Sex Magik have lasted me a long time.

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i've pretty much got turn on, tune in, cop out down as well as gloria and paradise so i'm just going to keep going from there. if you guys could post some more so i'll have a little reference area to work from it'd be great and thanks for everything so far, guys.
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Hey

 

You seemed to enjoy my sugestions.

 

So here it is a couple more, now a bit more difficult.

 

Corazon espinado - Santana.

 

This may sound bad, but try to get "always with me, always with you" Joe Satriani.

 

The bass is tapped but forget that and use psicatto or use the techich used on an acustic guitar, (I don't know the name)

 

This song is good to improve your concentration as you are doing the same for 4 minutes, and improves your agility on your both hands,

 

Try it

 

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Originally posted by EddiePlaysBass:

Originally posted by NUTT:

it isn't really that *hard* to play once you get a few months of playing under your belt and learn a few blues scales

:eek: I thought there was only the blues scale :eek:
Strangely enough, although I love the blues, I find it hard to play (I'm pretty much a noob) except for slow, very basic stuff. When I play stuff with a 'blues scale' in it eg much of Chuck Berry or the Stones versions of CB, I get lost trying to play what I hear. In the Stones live version of 'Carol' I can hear the bass running up and down behind the gits and vocals, but can't for the life of me do it. grr.

 

(I know that all I have to do is sit down with headphones, pencil and paper for an afternoon or 6 and try to transcribe it)

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"Hot in Heere"

 

hahahahah

 

nice one jeremy.

 

i remember the tab for that...goes kinda like this:

 

E|----0-----00-----| (repeat)

 

 

;)

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Real Easy:

Kryptonite

Counting Blue Cars

Creep

Takin' Care of Business

Zombie

Clocks

 

 

A bit more involved with the bass taking a more upfront position:

Holiday by Greenday

Heartbreaker by Pat Benetar

Plush by Stone Temple Pilots

 

 

If you want some fun Flea stuff(new albumn):

Heya(Snow)

She's only 18 (easier than it sounds, check the tabs)

 

 

That is a good start

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Anything by the Pixies. The basslines are so easy to play, yet they're always interesting. It may sound dumb, especially since Kim Deal has her detractors, but her work with the band was what first made me want to take up the bass.
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Originally posted by Phil W:

"Start with songs you know and love."

 

Yeah, ditto.

 

Don't start with something new. Start by listening to some tunes that you love and identifying what sound to you like simple bass parts. If you already know the song 'backwards' just to listen to, it'll be a lot easier to work out.

+1

 

Also, I'd suggest "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult. It's a cool but easy bass line, and there's even an easy bass solo IIRC.

 

I think the first song I learned on bass was "Like A Negro" by Mother's Finest (well, except for the slapped bass solo in the middle ;) ) The song has a great groove and the runs follow the pentatonic blues scale IIRC. "Stop" on the same CD ("Black Radio Won't Play This" was the CD) also uses that same pentatonic blues scale. It ain't blues though...heavy and groovin...check 'em out. Wyzard (MF's bassist) was a big early influence.

 

HTH,

Dave

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