MY GENERATION BASS LESSON

SONG HISTORY

Written 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 you why he's such a groovy guy, but he can't because he's so stoned he can hardly talk."

WHO PLAYED THE BASS?

John Entwistle’s bass solo was one of the first in rock history, certainly one of the most memorable.  Not only is the solo itself great, but John’s tone was unbelievable as well. He used a Danelectro bass and broke a string on it. There were no replacement strings, so he had to buy a whole new bass.  Apparently, John played the bassline with a pick, even though he’s famous for using his fingers (nicknamed “thunderfingers”).

John was the only member of the band to have formal musical training (studying piano, trumpet and french horn). He’s always listed as one of the greatest rock bassists of all time. He’s famous for his loud, round-wound string sound that has inspired many. He became louder to compete with Pete and Keith. The Who became known as the loudest band on the planet. They have the record for the loudest concert in history at a 1976 concert in London which reached 126 decibels. He also had an amazing guitar collection.  I think I remember he had the #2 Fender Precision bass ever made.

John died in 2002 (57 years old) at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas, just before the Who were to go on tour.

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