12 bass lines you have to know

Any body know where I can find the "12 bass lines" you need to know. A friend was telling me about them.

never heard of them

i been playing bass for close to 40 years now and i never knew there were 12 bass lines you need to know....


*and it harm none,do what thou will*

*and it harm none,do what thou will*

Paul Warren's picture

Sorry but I've never heard

Sorry but I've never heard of that. Sounds interesting though, so if you do find the answer please let us know. For me that would make a total of 16 lines. LOL

wheat's picture

News to me

News to me, too. But we could probably brainstorm our own list:

1. A 12-bar blue walk (using the blues scale).
2. A major pentatonic walk (good for rockabilly, some country, and Allman Bros. songs).
3. The "country bounce" (i.e. root-five and five-root + a few walks, for country, Bob Dylan, folk-rock in general).)
4. A jazz walking bass line (if that's a genre that interests you).

I don't know how to teach rock lines except by learning rock songs, so I can't make a specific recommendation. Definitely something with a steady eighth-note pulse. For absolute beginners, I'd try U2's "With or Without You" (four notes, no walking at all, but very effective) or the main riff from "Whole Lotta Love" (shows you the importance of octaves and mixing open strings with fretted notes).

For metal, you gotta learn the "gallop" beat (eighth + two sixteenths) a la Steve Harris of Iron Maiden as well as straight 16th-note rides for fast passages in lots of things.

But there are tons of others: reggae, latin (both of which I know nothing about), etc.



If there were...

If there were only 12 bass lines all bss players need to know, everyone would play bass. Ha ha!

I agree with Wheat. Just to add, a blues scale would come in handy for a lot of rock and metal.

Adding to metal, Steve Harris is a great example. I would also recomend Cliff Burton former Metallica, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Danny Lilker of Anthrax, and David Ellefson of Megadeth.

wheat's picture

Those are all great players,

Those are all great players, and some of my favorite metal bassists. Every time I sit down and learn a Steve Harris line, my playing, in general--and in plenty of contexts other than metal--benefits from it.

Though not metal per se, I'd add in The Who's bassist, John Entwistle, who did more than most to bring the bass out front in a rock context.




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I guess I'll just have to

I guess I'll just have to badger the gent that suggested this until he relents and brings them in to work. I'm so ignorant I down know if the two I know are variations of the same.......ignorance might be bliss though because I've have been having a blast adding bass tracks to my uke recordings.

Boom Daddy's picture

Here are eight bass lines

Here are eight bass lines you have to know.

1) You see my guitar player over there? He wants to know if YOU think I'M cute.

2) Are you going to kiss me, or do I have to lie to my drummer?

3) You must be a hell of a thief, because you stole my heart from across the stage.

4) Excuse me, can I have your phone number? I seem to have lost mine.

5) Baby I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away.

6) You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy.

7) I want to melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

8) Is that dress felt? Would you like it to be?

These eight lines are guaranteed to work only if you play bass. Don't even try it if you play keys.

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