Practising bass (2016 version)

Yes it is the annual day for recording bass! I try to play once every week (or more—sometimes less) for fun. Once in a while it’s good to listen back and see how my playing has changed.

Here’s my attempts at playing Hey Ya! which was one of the first songs I learned. I’ve worked on the tab a couple of times so it’s easier and more fun now. I think it’s getting more consistent, though I still make mistakes 🙂

Here’s a random set of other songs I played:

There’s a couple in there that can be compared to previous years too!

Fragile Bird

My first bass tutor had me play this in my first lesson. It blew my mind trying to play on off-beats. I’m not sure why but there was a habit there that had to be unlearned first. Good exercise!

Sweet Virginia

I think we played this once in a jam after work. Quite peaceful to play on the bass, and it’s a lot of fun varying the rhythm during the sax solo!

Practicing bass (2015 version)

Bass guitar continues to be a fun hobby, and a great break from all the other busy activities in life! Need to play more (playing is practice!) to smooth out the sound and make fewer mistakes. I also need to learn how to use the recording settings in Amplitube because I recorded the traditional ‘Hey Ya!’ to compare progress. Well, I played it into the iPad. I did not record it. I will have to play it again.

In the meantime, here’s a selection of other bass lines I enjoy playing. Cringe-worthy mistakes and all!

Playing bass, two years on

It probably won’t catch on as an ANZAC Day tradition, but last year I posted a comparison of me playing Hey Ya! on the bass from 2012 and 2013.

Here they are again with a 2014 update. I can’t really tell if I’m improving, but I still love playing 🙂

So here I am, in 2012, fumbling away at a bass line after a few days practice…

And here I am, in 2013, fumbling away at that same bass line after a year of practice…

And here I am, today, still fumbling 🙂

Enjoy!

INXS – Kick bass tab

Groovy bassline, no tabs but there is this helpful video: INXS – Kick ((BASS COVER))

Let the reverse engineering commence!

The main riff isn’t right yet, but it’s a place to start.

Intro
   Gb                A                 E                 B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2---2-2---2-2-2-|
E|-2---2-2---2-2-2-|-5---5-5---5-5-5-|-0---0-0---0-0-0-|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

Main riff
   
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-4-2-24-04-2-2---|-----------------|
A|-4-2-24-04-----2-|-2----2-02-----2-|----4-------4-42-|-4-2-24-04-----2-|
E|----4------2-4---|---424-----2-4---|-----------------|----4------2-4---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus
   Gb                A                 E                 B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2---2---2-2---2-|
E|-2---2---2-2---2-|-5---5---5-5---5-|-0---0---0-0---0-|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Saxophone solo
   Db  A
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4-\-0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

Bass riff for Chicken Payback by the Bees

Could it really be this simple or am I missing something? (I probably am)

    E x E (Ebb) Gb    A x A (Abb) B
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|*---------------*|*-7-x-7b(½)~--9-*|
A|*-7-x-7b(½)~--9-*|*---------------*|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
    1 & 2 & 3 & 4     1 & 2 & 3 & 4

x ghost note
b bend note down
~ sustain
* repeat

ps: great film clip! Celebrate the gamification of music! ‘All the animals together, break it down, let me hear!’

Playing bass, one year on

I’ve had my bass for just over a year now. I don’t record my playing often, but my earliest recording is from one year ago.

So here I am, last year, fumbling away at a bass line after a few days practice…

And here I am, today, fumbling away at that same bass line after a year of practice…

Check out the difference! I’ve come a long way, baby. Still plenty of room for improvement! 🙂

The song is Hey Ya! by Outkast.

Rock on!
"guilty pleasure" practising bass #FMSphotoaday

Sand In My Shoes

I love this song. Who doesn’t relate to the nostalgia immediately following a holiday?

I’ve been meaning to work out how to play the bass line for a while, since there are no tabs out there. Here’s my best effort. Love playing it! ~:)

Dido - Sand In My Shoes
Life for Rent - 2003
Track #8/11


Bass tab by  2012-11-17
(note: based on the album version, the music video varies the song structure)


Intro (pp)
   E                                   B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-~---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------| x4
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  (p) 0:30
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


First verse
  ‘Two weeks away feels like the whole world should have changed’
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  ‘on the road, where the cars never stop going through the night’
   E                 B                 Db                Ab      Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2---2---2---2---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2---2---2---2---|-4---4---4---4---|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-4---4---2---2---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus
  ‘I've still got sand in my shoes and I can't shake the thought of you’
   Db        GbAbB   Db          AbDb  B         GbAb    Gb      Ab  B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~--------2---2-|-4~------------4-|-2~--------2-----|-------------2---| x3
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-2---2---4-4-----|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Second verse
  ‘Tomorrow's back to work and down to sanity’
   E                                   B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-| x3
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db                                  Ab                Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus (once, then repeat last 4 bars)
‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Bridge
   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db    GbAbB   E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------2-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-----2-4---| x3
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-------2h44------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db        GbAbB             GbAbB             GbAbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|---------------2-|---------------2-|---------------2-|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4~--------------|
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus x2

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb                          E GbB
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|---------------9-|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   E                 B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-~---------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  



(p)  - piano (play quietly)
(pp) - pianissimo (play very quietly)
h    - hit
~    - let it ring