When you’re understanding how to play bass you don’t like to play scales, or different boring exercises. You wish To play tunes, proper? That’s what we finalized up for when we bought a bass and began playing in the end.
Here’s a list of 5 simple tunes for those of you understanding how to play bass.
1) With or Without You by U2.
This is a perfect tune for novices to receive hold of. Firstly it’s just got 4 notes (and I’ll provide those to you for free – they are D, A, B and G) and each note is played a bar at a time, in straight 8th notes. So this really is a superior exercise for your plucking hand and ensuring every note you play is even and consistent.
2) Stand By Me by Ben E King.
This has a some more notes than the U2 track indexed above. But it’s nevertheless a pretty straightforward track that has an 8 bar pattern that is all you ought to discover. Once you are able to play it the pattern really repeats over and over within the begin of the tune appropriate through to the finish.
3) Every Breath You Take by the Police.
I teach a simplified variation of the that is a perfect tune for novices. As with all the U2 tune there are a great deal of 8th notes, thus again it’s a wise examination of the plucking hand technique and ensuring all of the notes are being played even and consistent.
4) Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen.
Garry Tallent – bass player with all the E Street band – doesn’t receive the credit he deserves for me (Go hear to his playing on ‘The River,’ that album is full of terrific, melodic bass lines). As with With or Without You and Every Breath nearly all of the action in this tune is with all the plucking hand. So more consistent 8th notes please.
5) My Girl by The Temptations. Bass by James Jamerson.
If you’re at all severe about the bass then James Jamerson is a man you must go look at. There’ll be more articles on him real shortly. Anyway, My Girl is a good, easy bassline to a awesome tune. It’s fun to play together with the record, and it’s got 1 of Jamerson’s numerous classic bass line sub hooks.
So if you’ve only started out understanding how to play the bass and are searching for tunes to play – instead of scales – then these 5 tunes are as wise a destination to commence as any.