Here’s a video clip containing a sound file for the isolated bass part of Hey Bulldog by The Beatles:
This is another great bass line and I intend to cover the main parts in this week’s issue of First Bass And Beyond and there will be a video tutorial of those parts next week,
Here’s a video I found on the ‘Toob which is a mix of Rainy Days And Mondays with the lead vocals stripped out – you can really hear Joe Osborn’s bass line singing out!
I’ll be transcribing this for the ‘Pop Basslines’ section of this week’s First Bass And Beyond
Here’s Macca’s bass line on With A Little Help From My Friends….will be teaching this in First Bass And Beyond this week. It’s a gem:
Someone has posted a 45 minute clip of Tower Of Power live at montreaux in 2008. It’s wicked….check it out!
If you are a fan of Rocco Prestia then I am currently deconstructing his bass playing in a weekly series of columns in my subscription magazine First Bass And Beyond. The column is going to last around 6 months….and when it’s finished I’ll probably bundle it together to create a standalone course…but it will cost substantially more than the analysis you’ll find in this weekly series.
So IF you like Rocco and IF you want to save some moolah, I suggest you think about subscribing. Here’s the link: First Bass And Beyond.
In the recent Blues 101 For Bass Course that I taught I focused on classic blues repertoire. But I sprinkled in a couple of modern blues songs as well so that if you are in a blues band and wanted to do something slightly different you could…here’s another more modern tune that you could use for your Blues rock band – especially if you have a female singer. It’s Give Me One Reason by Tracey Chapman.
Here’s a video of Tracey singing and playing it with Eric Clapton.
Here’s the latest episode of the always entertaining NAME THAT BASS LINE….
Here’s a documentary that was recently on the BBC – it’s a great look at the roots of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
If this kind of music appeals to you, then you should definitely check out my 32 lesson course on playing the blues and blues rock. Click this link to check it out:
This post – and list – came about due to a chat via email with one of the subscribers to First Bass And Beyond. And this subscriber – his name is Gilbert – called a certain type of song a ‘money song.’
So What Is A Money Song?
In Gil’s words, a ‘money song’ is a song that a working bass player needs in his song vocabulary. Notice that distinction: a “working” bass player. There are songs that all working bands will play…and Gil compiled a list based on a chart of most requested songs that DJs play. Here’s the top 40 or so on Gil’s list:
- Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
- I Gotta Feeling by The Black eyed Peas
- You Shook Me All Night Long – by AC/DC
- Just Dance by Lady Gaga
- Single Ladies by Beyonce
- Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- Boom Boom Pow – by The Black Eyed Peas
- Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
- Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
- Love Shack by The B-52s
- Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
- Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
- Dancing Queen by Abba
- Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
- Poker Face by Lady Gaga
- The Cupid Shuffle by Cupid
- Hey Ya by Outkast
- Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot
- We Are Family by Sister Sledge
- Celebration by Kool & the Gang
- Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper
- Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
- Yeah by Usher
- Twist And Shout by The Beatles
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
- Let’s Get It started by The Black eyed Peas
- At Last by Etta James
- Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks
- Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
- Brick House by The Commodores
- My Girl by The Temptations
- Low by Flo Rida
- The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
- Don’t Stop til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins
- Staying Alive by The Bee Gees
- Old Time Rock And Roll by Bob Seger
- Shout by The Isley Brothers
Songs ‘Working’ Bass Players should Know
I’ve always believed working bass players should know a ton of songs. In fact you won’t know this but the first iteration of How To Play Bass Dot Com was actually under the domain name of www.working-bassist.co,uk.
So my question to you is – as this changes depending on where you are on the world – what would be YOUR top 10 money songs. And remember these aren’t songs that you like, they are songs you have to know in order to get paying gigs.
Leave a comment and let me know.
For all those McCartney fans out there I just found this isolated goodie – it’s Paul’s bass (and all vocals and guitar in background) for And Your Bird Can Sing.