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BORN ON THE BAYOU BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten by John Fogerty in 1969. It’s included on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second album, “Bayou Country”.  If you’re like me, you always thought John was born in the deep south. However, he’s from California.   Creedence Clearwater Revival did a show in Louisiana and John went to lunch at a bayou restaurant and was inspired […]

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THE JOKER BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORY“The Joker” is a song by the Steve Miller Band on their 1973 album of the same name. The basic track is heavily influenced by the Allen Toussaint song, “Soul Sister”.  Take a listen to both on youtube. This is a great sing-along song with great lyrics, some borrowed from other songs and with references […]

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YOU REALLY GOT ME NOW BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYRay Davies wrote “You Really Got Me” with the help of his brother Dave. It was released in 1964 on their first album.  Ray said the song was about being with someone that overwhelms you so much that you can’t speak.  Dave slashed the cone speaker of his amp to get the dirty guitar […]

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HIGHWAY TO HELL BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORY”Highway to Hell” is on the AC/DC 1979 album “Highway to Hell”. Angus Young came up with the classic guitar riff that opens the song. The song is largely about AC/DC’s long grueling tour schedule. There also is a highway in Australia with this as its nickname. There is a dangerous section where many people […]

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AINT SEEN NOTHIN YET BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYThe story behind “Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” is like that told about many classic rock songs. The band jams in the studio, makes up some dummy lyrics and poof a hit is created. “Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” appeared on the 1974 album “Not Fragile”. It was written as a jam in A to test sound […]

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CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten by Freddie Mercury while taking a bath in his hotel room. Freddie played the guitar on it and he recorded it before Brian May came into the studio. He used his limited abilities on the guitar to force him into a simple structure for the song.  Queen recorded it for “The Game” album, […]

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should i stay or should i go bass lesson

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYReleased in 1981 on the Clash’s “Combat Rock” album, this song was not about anyone in particular. It was just a song they jammed to and later added lyrics.  Many thought it was about Mick Jones’ wanting to leave the Clash, but he said it wasn’t. WHO PLAYED THE BASS?Paul Simonon played bass for […]

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I SAW HER STANDING THERE BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORYWritten mainly by Paul McCartney in 1962. It was the B side to “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. Paul played it for John Lennon in his house and John didn’t like the first line, so he changed it.  The recording is basically their live performance of the song, including the count, at the […]

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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

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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