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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BORN TO BE WILD BASS LESSON

IF I HAD A NICKEL FOR EVERY TIME… ​Ever heard a song played and thought, “Man, if I had written that song, I’d be a wealthy dude.”? This would be one of those songs. It’s been used countless (well maybe the publisher can count them) times in movies and on TV, as well as being played […]

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HONKY TONK WOMAN BASS LESSON

TO PLAY or NOT TO PLAY, THAT IS THE QUESTIONThis is a classic song to add to your repertoire or setlist. Most people love it. Written in 1969 by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on vacation in Brazil. Keith said he was inspired to write a country tune and it later morphed into a rocker […]

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So you want to play bass

So… You got it in your head that you want to learn to play bass.  You’ve heard it’s pretty easy, it only has four strings and you like the way it sounds. Cool.Well, first the bass is fairly easy to get started. But if you listen to bass players like James Jamerson or Chris Squire, you will […]

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Becoming a Rock Bassist

The Love Affair With Bass BeginsI never thought I’d grow up to be one of those people who gets all nostalgic. But I did. My dad would say things like, “When I was a kid….”  or “They don’t write songs like they used to…”. Now, when I listen to new music on Spotify or the radio (what’s that??), […]

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