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 […]

Nov
1

“Limelight” by Rush

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Limelight” by Rush.  Bassist Geddy Lee is one of the legends of the electric bass, and his playing on this track is a perfect primer for learning his style and technique. Since […]

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 […]

Jun
24

The Fab Faux: Abbey Road Medley

Bassist Will Lee founded a group called The Fab Faux.  They cover The Beatles songbook note for note.  There are many Beatles cover bands, but these guys dissect the tracks and recreate the songs exactly as recorded.  I keep coming back to their […]

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 […]

Feb
18

Fingerstyle: Getting Different Sounds

Today I thought I’d write about how fingerstyle players get different sounds from their bass depending on their technique.   Let’s start with two great fingerstyle players who both use the Fender Jazz Bass. John Paul […]

Feb
8

“My Generation” by The Who

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “My Generation” by The Who.  This version is from the record Live At Leeds.  Bassist John Entwistle should have been arrested for aggravated assault after this performance.  He creates an […]

Jan
17

“Message in a Bottle” by The Police

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from the song “Message in a Bottle” by The Police.  Sting played this line on his early 1970’s Fretless Fender Precision Bass.  The bass has an ash body with a fretless maple neck.  He […]

Jan
5

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles

Today we have another Classic Bass Line from Paul McCartney. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is from The Beatles White Album and was written by George Harrison.  This line has everything – double stops, slides, wide ranging scales and arpeggios […]