roadhouse blues bass lesson

ROADHOUSE BLUES BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYThe research on this song was interesting.  Jim Morrison liked to write blues songs when he was drinking. There was a roadhouse close to where he lived where the roads were full of curves and it had a cabin behind. Which may be where he got the lines “keep your eyes on the road […]

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life in the fast lane bass lesson

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten by Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Glenn Frey and it’s about a couple who had everything but lost it all because of their fast lifestyle. Glenn got the song title while speeding in a car with a drug dealer. The song appears on the Eagles 1976 album, “Hotel California”. The song starts with the infamous […]

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all right now bass lesson

ALL RIGHT NOW BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYRecorded by Free and released in 1970 on the album “Fire and Water”.  It was co-written by the bassist Andy Fraser (music, guitar riff and awesome bassline) and Paul Rodgers (lyrics). The band needed a head banging song in their set, which was mostly slower blues songs. The lyrics are about a guy meeting a woman […]

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keep your hands to yourself bass lesson

KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten by the lead singer, Dan Baird about the drummer Mauro Magellan having problems with his girlfriend not wanting to have sex until they were married. It was released in 1986. The Georgia Satellites hailed from Atlanta, Georgia. The song came out in the MTV video heyday and won an award at MTV’s first video awards […]

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long train runnin bass lesson

LONG TRAIN RUNNIN BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORY“Long Train Runnin” was written by Tom Johnston sometime around 1970 to 1971. The reason for the time range is because the Doobies played this song live for three years and just made up lyrics each time. They considered it a throw-away song but their producer really liked it, so they decided to record […]

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american girl bass lesson

AMERICAN GIRL BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYRecorded on July 4, 1976 on their first album “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” Supposedly, the song is about pretty college girl at the University of Florida in Gainesville, who jumped to her death from the dorm Beatty Towers. University officials said it’s impossible to do as the windows are too small, but it made […]

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Layla

LAYLA BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORY”Layla” is a song written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, originally released by their blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, as the thirteenth track from their only studio album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (November 1970).Inspired from a book Eric read entitled, “The Story of Layla and Majnun”, about a man […]

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MY GENERATION BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten by Pete Townshend on his 20th birthday in 1965, “My Generation” is a classic rock song known for its stuttering vocals and kickbutt bass solo. Pete wrote this song for the Mods who thought that older people don’t get it. Pete explained it as, “some pilled-up mod dancing around, trying to explain to […]

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Old Time Rock and Roll Bass Lesson

SONG HISTORYHere’s a classic rock song that gets people bouncing. As I was researching the song, I found out a few surprises. “Old Time Rock and Roll” was not written by Bob Seger (there is some dispute as to whether he contributed some of the lyrics). It was actually written by George Jackson and Thomas E. […]

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA BASS LESSON

“Sweet Home Alabama” has one of the most famous intros of any rock song.  Could you name it in four notes or less? For me, I can’t help but feel good when I listen to it. People love to sing along and it’s so well-known you should incorporate it into your repertoire.SONG HISTORYFirst a little trivia […]

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