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An Enemy Spy
2009-06-03, 10:30 AM
In light of the guitar thread, I have decided to make a thread about its 4 stringed cousin. I have a bass and I would like to know what songs are easy to play on it.
Songs I already know:
Iron Man
Smoke On the water (of course)
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas (self taught)
Blood Raven's Approach (Also self taught)

2009-06-03, 11:48 AM
Well, most songs are easy to 'make' easy by just playing the basic notes. Paranoid is fun and pretty easy, as is Another One Bites the Dust. Bad Moon Rising... Depends a bit on what you want to play.

2009-06-03, 12:39 PM
A lot of Indie Rock songs, like stuff by The Arcade Fire and Rilo Kiley.

2009-06-03, 01:18 PM
I taught myself to play bass by just taking a look at tab and going from there. I started with easier songs from Guitar Hero and Rock Band and progressed from there. Here's a list of songs I've learned that are easy enough (and for the most part actually have some substance):

-Animals - "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
-Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"
-Dio - "Holy Diver" (first song I really learned)
-Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus"
-Fastball - "The Way"
-Foo Fighters - "Learn to Fly" (among others)
-Michael Jackson - "Thriller" (super-easy bass line)
-Rick James - "Super Freak"
-Journey - "Don't Stop Believing"
-Nena - "99 Luftballons"
-Nine Inch Nails - "The Hand That Feeds"
-Queen - "Under Pressure"
-Rammstein - "Engel"
-Rage Against the Machine - "Killing in the Name" (very easy, very fun)
-Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Californication" (slightly harder, but also fun)
-Rush - "Tom Sawyer" (but that's about it by them :smalltongue: Damn you, Geddy Lee!)
-System of a Down - "Aerials"
-Tool - "46 and 2" (and some of "Schism," but it's much harder)
-Weezer - "My Name is Jonas" and "Undone (The Sweater Song)"

You can find bass tabs for all of those online, I think, and YouTube has all the videos for you to listen to and/or play along with.

2009-06-03, 01:35 PM
Well, that's just the thing. Some of the best Bass lines are the ones you come up with.

I don't know how musically literate you are, but try this:

Have the bass play the root of every chord you play, for example:

E = E (play [E string open], or [D-string 2nd fret] or [E-string 12 fret)
Dm7 = D [D-string open], or [D-string 12 fret] or [A-string 5 fret]
Gm = G [G-string open] [E-string fret 3]

And so on...

Once comfortable with that, have him change around the rithym (sp?) of that one note. Play with syncopation.

For hard rock, just play straight eight notes (duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh), and mess with that.

Then add the fifth tone of each chord. To save you sanity, the easiest way to find the fifth tone is to:

-Same fret, lower string (A open to E open)
-Up a string, 2 frets up (A open to D 2nd fret) as a power chord

If the chord has a flat or sharp 5th (fairely uncommon in this sort of music)
looks kind of like #5 or b5, move the fifth tone up or down a fret accordingly.

Alternate between these tones.

As your bassist increases his understanding of musical theory, add the 3rd tone, then the 7th, and so on.

This works with really any song, except Iron Man. The base has to play the same thing as the guitar.

It is illegal to do otherwise.


2009-06-03, 02:12 PM
Most punk and ska songs. Still really fun to play.

If you want some really great and aggressive bass songs check out Death From Above 1979. It's all drum and bass.

2009-06-04, 04:08 AM
Basically anything by Rage Against the Machine

Or 3's+7's by Queens of the Stone Age, first line I ever learnt.

2009-06-04, 04:56 AM
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes is possibly the easiest base riff around.
Dirty Magic by The Offspring is fun, but requires fast fingers (which I don't have :smallfrown:).

EDIT: Straight to Video by Mindless Self Indulgence is pretty easy too.

2009-06-04, 05:43 AM
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes is possibly the easiest base riff around.

Maybe not easiest, but Seven Nation Army really sets the standard for songs written around the bass riff.

Songs to learn where the focus is the bass:
Time is Running Out by Muse
Hysteria by Muse
The National Anthem by Radiohead
Good Excuse by John Butler Trio
Blister in the Sun by the Violent Fems

Songs where the bass is fun and awesome
About a Girl by Nirvana
Air by Talking Heads

2009-06-04, 05:54 AM
Hallelujah I love her so - Is fun.
Heh, but I play electric bass for our conservatorium big-band, and I guess you can't read music yet? It is fun, except I don't practice even though I should, for whenever I think about practicing I either practice singing or Tuba instead.

But once you learn to read music, you'll never go back lol. Otherwise you're kinda just an imitation player, which is fine, but taking it to the next level is more rewarding.

2009-06-04, 05:59 AM
Little Green Bag. That's quite easy to play and sounds good, I've found.

2009-06-04, 06:17 AM
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes is possibly the easiest base riff around.

Not a bass. Guitar + POG (http://www.ehx.com/products/pog).

2009-06-23, 06:05 PM
Low Rider - by War


Eye of the Tiger...

2009-06-24, 02:21 AM

Thriller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xs9OQHpwDE). For real.
GREAT song to start on.

Badum dum dum dum dum.
Badum dum dum dum dum.
And it just follows a minor pentatonic scale, IIRC.