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 […]

Jul
15

“No Reply at All” by Genesis

A student of mine wanted to learn a Genesis tune on bass.  Which one?  “No Reply at All” of course.  This is one of the trickiest bass lines you will come across in a pop tune (along the […]

Jun
17

“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

Today let’s look at a Classic Bass Line by the undisputed Godfather of the Electric Bass – James Jamerson.  This track has all the Jamerson elements – fluid lines, driving syncopation with chromatic passing tones,  trademark huge P-bass tone […]

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 […]

Nov
5

“YYZ” by Rush

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “YYZ” by Rush.  This is the holy grail of bass lines, so expect a long and painful journey if you attempt it.  It’s worth it.  Trust me. YYZ is an instrumental […]

Aug
27

Marta Altesa

Marta Altesa is a twenty-year-old bassist from Spain that just started playing bass in 2010.  I first saw Marta’s videos at NoTreble.  Fantastic player. From Tal Wilkenfeld to Esperanza Spalding to Marta Altesa, there are a lot of female […]

Aug
12

“Roundabout” by Yes

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Roundabout” by Chris Squire from Yes.  When I first heard this (many years ago) I was struck by how much treble was coming out of the bass.  Distorted treble.  How is he getting that sound?  […]

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, […]