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Post  DavidM96 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:25 pm

I was trying to figure out the bassline to some songs by ear but i cant seem to get it.

Help? Advice? Tips?
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Post  SuperMaximo93 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:16 pm

Do easier songs first. Also take your time and really try to concentrate on each note

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Post  DavidM96 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:20 pm

what songs would you reccomend? i thought of doing easier songs but i didnt know where to find songs like that
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Post  Pippynip on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:23 pm

Driver A by Buju Banton. It's the first one I did and it's really easy. Even if you don't like the music, give it a shot.


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Post  DavidM96 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:27 pm

thanks i will, are there any other suggestions though?
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Post  SuperMaximo93 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:30 pm

Dunno why, but Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny came to mind. It's simple and fun

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Post  lololiet on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:32 pm

I tried it with The Who's Boris the Spider & got the main riff quite easily.
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Post  DavidM96 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:33 pm

I never thought of that one......i must be half asleep or something to forget the who
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Post  maxf13 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:38 pm

you could then do some stuff by RATM
maybe a little harder but i think should be doable

killing in the name springs to mind
its in drop d btw

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Post  DavidM96 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:51 pm

i dont think i can do RATM
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Post  danthewelshy on Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:07 am

how have you learnt most things on the bass like techniques? Repetition!

Take easy songs to start off with and make sure you work them out. It will take a while, and will seem annoying to start if your not getting it, but it will come with practice.

I suggest avoiding metal to start of with, learn things where the bass really sticks out. Try another one bites the dust, sweet home alabama etc. Songs where the bassline isn't particularly challenging.

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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:52 am

Another one bites the dust is the first song I learned by ear.

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Post  Dmanlamius on Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:06 am

David, check out this blog post of mine, that Smaz wrote! It's pretty damn good:

http://learnbass.net/2009/05/learn-to-play-by-ear/

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Post  Pippynip on Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:23 am

I think one of the Maxes already linked him that in the chatbox Razz Oh we had a jolly old time in the box yesserday Smile

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Post  maxf13 on Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:30 am

XD

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Post  lololiet on Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:32 pm

Bass Mon wrote:Another one bites the dust is the first song I learned by ear.

along the same line as Another One Bites the Dust, how about Under Pressure, that main riff is quite easy to get, I think
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Post  DavidM96 on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:14 pm

What Pippy says is true, i havent finished reading it yet, i had to leave before i could finish
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Post  Smaz on Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:03 pm

I need to write a followup to that actually, I will when I get time!

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Post  DavidM96 on Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:27 pm

Any other songs?
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Post  maxf13 on Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:27 pm

do the ones youve already been told first maybe

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Post  DavidM96 on Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:40 pm

i am, non of them really interest me though. (except for Boris the spider,)

I got "Driver A" down though
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Post  turboscrew on Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:01 am

Now talking about Kansas, how about "Song For America"?

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Post  ThreeLetterSyndrom on Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:49 am

Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl is a relatively easy bassline and pretty easy to figure out. There's some files in there that will confuse, but I trust you'll come out okay.

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