Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

487
Banjo Lovers Online


Feb 28, 2021 - 8:22:40 AM
6593 posts since 9/5/2006

you noticed the complex bass lines paul used when he was playing with the beatles?

been listening to them some lately and he was all over the place with his notes.

Feb 28, 2021 - 10:01:09 AM

4121 posts since 10/18/2007

I've not noticed them as complex but have sure noticed them as tasteful and in the pocket.

Feb 28, 2021 - 12:32:10 PM

15134 posts since 12/2/2005

McCartney was and is a superb bassist.

Feb 28, 2021 - 6:10:06 PM
likes this

2840 posts since 4/19/2008

Paul quote:
"I started to realize the power the bass player had within the band. Not vengeful power -- it was just that you could actually control it," he explained. "I then started to identify with other bass players and talk bass with the guys in the bands. When we met Elvis, he was trying to learn bass, so I was like, 'You're trying to learn bass, are you son? Sit down, let me show you a few things.' So I was very proud of being the bass player."

 

BTW this is a pic of a  Japanese bass like the one I had in the late 60's, far out!


 

Edited by - mmuussiiccaall on 02/28/2021 18:16:40

Feb 28, 2021 - 6:15:40 PM

chief3

Canada

1117 posts since 10/26/2003

His playing can be described as being very melodic.

Mar 2, 2021 - 12:02:41 PM
likes this

2060 posts since 2/12/2009

quite simply the best most creative bass player of all time, check out Being for the benefit of Mr Kite, or even more wow ! the bassline to Georges song Something, always was my idol as a bass player, none better !

Mar 3, 2021 - 5:38:29 AM

6593 posts since 9/5/2006

i wouldn't put him in the john entwistle or vic wooten level ,,but he is very tasteful and interesting the lines he uses.

Mar 3, 2021 - 7:06:25 AM

15134 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

i wouldn't put him in the john entwistle or vic wooten level ,,but he is very tasteful and interesting the lines he uses.


Technically? Perhaps not. Then again, we've never heard McCartney play the type of music those guys play(ed). What IS certain is that his basslines fit so perfectly within the context of the songs that it's hard to imagine them played any other way. And his timing was impeccable - in the finished product; sometimes he'd work for many, many hours to get it exactly right. That said, he knew what exactly right should sound like and was willing to do whatever was necessary to get it that way.

McCartney wasn't given to the type of bass pyrotechnics we hear from latter-day players. Interestingly, one of his top influences was James Jamerson - the genius who layed down so many deceptively complicated bass grooves on the early Motown records. Jamerson and the other fabulous players in the Snake Pit knew that the role of their work was to support the song, and the singers, not the other way around.

Mar 3, 2021 - 7:21:06 AM

2840 posts since 4/19/2008

This is McCartney line is what made me become a musician.


Mar 3, 2021 - 7:40:29 AM

2060 posts since 2/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

i wouldn't put him in the john entwistle or vic wooten level ,,but he is very tasteful and interesting the lines he uses.


those guys were more like jazz soloists, I do not believe that either wrote a memorable bass line such as Penny Lane which added so much to the song, I once saw Mark King playing live and while he flew around the fret board slapping away, a guy in the back row was quietly playing bass and laying the bottom line into the song.

Mar 3, 2021 - 7:51:57 AM

6593 posts since 9/5/2006

i am all for the less is more school.. i told my wife when she started playing upright and i got her started that the best bass player she could be is the one no one noticed until she stopped.... when she later got into the studio segment of her playing ,, we would remove the bass track just to show her how the bass linked all things together in the context of a song.

Mar 3, 2021 - 8:27:16 AM

2060 posts since 2/12/2009

I have witnessed some electric bass players switching to upright for bluegrass and then totally overplaying ! I absolutely agree, more is less particularly in acoustic/Americana music.

Mar 4, 2021 - 4:55 AM
like this

1847 posts since 8/7/2008

McCartney has impeccable timing.

Mar 5, 2021 - 8:49:54 AM

316 posts since 1/8/2013

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland
quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

i wouldn't put him in the john entwistle or vic wooten level ,,but he is very tasteful and interesting the lines he uses.


Technically? Perhaps not. Then again, we've never heard McCartney play the type of music those guys play(ed). What IS certain is that his basslines fit so perfectly within the context of the songs that it's hard to imagine them played any other way. And his timing was impeccable - in the finished product; sometimes he'd work for many, many hours to get it exactly right. That said, he knew what exactly right should sound like and was willing to do whatever was necessary to get it that way.

McCartney wasn't given to the type of bass pyrotechnics we hear from latter-day players. Interestingly, one of his top influences was James Jamerson - the genius who layed down so many deceptively complicated bass grooves on the early Motown records. Jamerson and the other fabulous players in the Snake Pit knew that the role of their work was to support the song, and the singers, not the other way aroun

 

Very true, for the most part, but Macca's fills on Abbey Road are pretty chops-heavy, and impressive. She's So Heavy " and the aforementioned "Something'  in particular, but Paul was on fire all over that album.

Mar 7, 2021 - 7:43:13 AM

6593 posts since 9/5/2006

i always thought his bass intro on GET BACK was so strong and just plain cool

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.1884766