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Question of the Week: What’s the hardest bass line you’ve ever learned?

This one’s all about the bragging rights…

What’s the hardest bass line you’ve ever learned (and pulled off)?

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Louis

Louis

Probably the Donna Lee head (Pastorius’ speed)

bassalyer

bassalyer

Darling Dear-Jackson 5 (the master, James Jamerson)

Brian

Brian

YYZ-Rush From the Moving Pictures Album

brian t

“Hardest” is relative e.g. in my early learning phase I learned several complete Rush songs “Grand Designs” and “Turn The Page”. These days I’m more interested in musically-interesting bass work, rather than raw difficulty. Which is another way of saying I’m getting old …

Jukka

Jukka

Actual Proof was pretty hard or (Used to Be) Cha Cha to play as originals at same tempo and with same energy

Shane

Shane

Probably Fight Fire With Fire or Disposable Heroes (Original Tempo).

Currently learning Holy Wars (Punishmnet Due)

And I don’t play with a plectrum, for the record.

Erik

Erik

Well I don’t know about actual difficulty since I play a lot of jazz and blues and therefore improvise 99% of the time. But I have played all of Rush’s 2112 of the ablum 2112 note for note at a gig. Haha 20 minutes of trying to remember what comes next…

Bass Miller

Bass Miller

There’s a Kevin Eubanks tune called “The Sting,” where the bass plays the melody in unison with the guitar. It’s probably the fastest latin tune I’ve ever heard in my life and holding the groove on the tune is ridiculous.

bigmays

bigmays

Endangered Species – Wayne Shorter

Mark campagna

Mark campagna

Cult of personality living colour

Coire

Coire

I learned the first minute and a half of “Classical Thump” by Victor Wooten and played it in a cover of “Tommy the Cat” by Primus in place of Les’ solo.

Joaobass

Joaobass

Hands down, Teen Town. Still working on the Marcus Miller version.

sterling

sterling

The Marcus miller version of teen town

k-dub

hmmmm…..there are so many and some good tunes already put forth here. i’m gonna go to the waaay back mochine and pick “tarkus’ by ELP. although, gettin’ “got a match” up to speed is my current demon.

L8r,

peecnlub,
k-dub

Squirrel

donna lee or confirmation head, they’re both really hard, jaco speed or slow.

Faissal Itani

Faissal Itani

So Far….

“What’s Going On?” – Marvin Gaye

James Never plays a a single part the same so it keeps you on your toes :)

Tim

Tim

Tommy The Cat. Took me YEARS.

Rick

Rick

Groovaleagance…..Skeet’s runs don’t sound that complicated, until you try them!

George Potsos

All of them if you want to play them right it’s not about just notes it’s about feel!

James

James

The last two I’ve learned I would say, All Choked Up in Grease. It’s deceptively simple. with some wicked fills. The other is Bloodmeat by Protest the Hero, the middle section has two octave arpeggio tapping and it’s killer at the tempo in the tune.

GaryDaBassman

GaryDaBassman

Avalon by Natalie Cole. Nearly all 1/8 notes played at 240 bps.

Alex Gray

Kid Charlemagne – I’ve been playing it for years and still amn’t happy with it!

Dafunky1

Dafunky1

I have 2: “Actual Proof” by the HeadHunters (Paul Jackson) and “Glide” by Pleasure (Nathaniel Phillips).

Jimmy

Jimmy

Anesthesia pulling teeth and Jerry was a race car driver