You’re on stage and you're rocking out. The crowd is so into your band and they are dancing and bobbing their heads to your bass groove. You are in the moment and you are truly enjoying it! What follows is horror: the chorus of the song starts and you suddenly have no idea how the bass line goes. You simply forgot it like you never played it before. You have no idea how this could happen but it did. So what do you do?
In my honest opinion, no matter of the style you play, you can’t go not knowing how to play ghost notes on the bass. The ghost notes are the flavor, as well as the cherry on top that make the bass so groovy and fun to play. Bass closely flirts with drums all the time, and ghost (or dead) notes are important.
Quick answer is - play BASS!
Playing bass can be so rewarding and comes with a lot of perks. One of them is that it's very easy to find a band to play with. Every band needs a bass player, and you know what - we are in demand! I'd dare to say that there are no ‘unemployed’ bass players, as long as they are any good on the instrument.
Back The Future is a movie trilogy that has left a strong influence on me when I was growing up and I feel a strong nostalgic rush nowadays every time I watch the movies. I’m really a movies junkee and I grew up watching movies every day with my father. Having said this, watching Back To The Future is something I’d never get bored with.
There is something that I’ve noticed, which I think is very common among guitar players switching to bass - the lack of ghost (dead) notes! When thinking about it, those percussive, groovy ghost notes are really an integral part of bass playing, but rarely used on guitar as a technique or composing element (unless you are Ross Bolton). This is probably the main reason why guitarists just skip playing those when switching to bass. Of course, I could write an essay on troubles guitarists face when moving on to the bass, as there are really lots of stumble points involved - mostly related to the mindset needed for the bass.
I’ve compiled a list of top 5 songs every bass player that is getting started on the instrument should learn to play. These songs are definitely classics in different genres, relatively easy to play - yet fun! You can be a complete beginner a still work them out on the instrument. So, if you’ve been looking for a recommendation on which songs to learn on bass when starting out, I’m sharing my list. These are one of the first songs that got me going on the bass.