Every week in my magazine First Bass And Beyond there are two video tutorials. For Issue 297 the tutorials were Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac and I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down by Elvis Costello.
Here’s a sample from the I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down lesson featuring the verse played slowly with a chordal metronome. And edited using picture in picture technology so you can get a close up of what’s going on with plucking and fretting hands:
This is only a small sample of the tutorial which features the intro, the verse, Chorus, pre-chorus 2 and the bridge Each of those sections are played at performance tempo with a soundalong backing track (which is available to download) and then with a chordal metronome as you just saw.
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down Song Facts
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down was originally a Sam And Dave tune. And if you hit play on the video embedded below you’ll hear that it’s a ballad tune:
The Elvis Costello version – which is what this tutorial looks at – is played as an uptempo tune and was featured on one of my favourite Costello albums, Get Happy:
The bass player on the Costello version is of course the wonderful Bruce Thomas. Now Bruce fell out with Costello a long time ago – but what’s really interesting to note about his bass lines is that whenever Costello plays Attractions tunes whoever his bass player is has to play similar lines to those Bruce created because they are pivotal to the songs. Case in point – here’s Costello singing this tune in 2010 with Bruce Springsteen – the tune kicks up to tempo at around the 0.50 mark and listen to how closely the bass line imitates the original line ‘our Bruce’ created:
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