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Paul McCartney Teaches You How to Play the Bass

In a promotional video for his latest album, Paul McCartney shows his playing technique in a brief instructional video covering bass, guitar and drums.

This video doesn’t cover more advanced “fiddly bits”, but is fun to watch:

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If I had known playing bass was so easy I would have taken it up a long time ago. I’m in now though. Thanks!!! (I’ve got to go practice my “fiddly bits.”)



    “bass was so easy”

    It isn’t. At least playing real bass. Playing rudimentary notes is no different than playing power chords on a guitar.

Luke Kapp

I love this song and learning how to play it from the master makes it better. Sir Paul McCartney you are amazing!

Jay Fung

What kind of rig is he playing through?

    Paul McMichael

    that’s an Ashdown ABM 500 EVO III hybrid head, with what looks like a 15 inch cab. I believe that’s what he prefers to record with, the past few years. His bass player, Brian Ray, plays through another Ashdown rig, that’s relatively similar, but more watts and a 4×10 cab.

    I love the Ashdown amps. they’re not too cheap, but, they’re great. They have a solid state line, that’s really really good, too and actually is quite inexpensive.