Feb
22

“Lounge Act” by Nirvana

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Lounge Act” by Nirvana. It’s impossible to overstate the impact Nirvana had on rock music.  Their album Nevermind completely altered the musical landscape by embracing a gritty garage band ethos that mercifully euthanized the […]

Nov
20

“Schism” by Tool

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Schism” by Tool.  Emerging in the 1990’s, Tool bridged the gap between classic heavy metal and progressive rock, mixing grinding guitars, dark thundering rhythms, and challenging lyrics. The Age aptly described […]

Sep
25

“London Calling” by The Clash

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “London Calling” by The Clash. The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers.  Where the Pistols […]

Sep
8

“Alive” by Pearl Jam

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Alive” by Pearl Jam.  Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament‘s line is striking; his ominous fretless tone is accented by snake-like slides up and down the neck followed by chiming distorted harmonics.  Classic. From AllMusic: The […]

Apr
27

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin.  John Paul Jones works the full range of the bass, starting with a McCartney-esque counter melody on the verse followed by a walkup and a driving […]

Mar
24

“Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.  A pure classic, and a must know line by one of the great rock bassists – John Paul Jones. “Black Dog” is a blues riff […]

Mar
10

George Porter, Jr.

Today’s Know Your Player is about funk legend George Porter, Jr..  George was at the forefront of the great fingerstyle bassists of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  His work with The Meters introduced a New Orleans feel to the R&B and Funk of the […]

May
17

“Savoy Truffle” by The Beatles

Paul McCartney is regarded as a innovative and legendary bass player for some very good reasons.  His playing is highly melodic, and often more complex than it sounds. His bass lines set the foundation of the harmony and the groove, […]