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Now, I know there alot of great bass players who have created very complex bass lines.


(I.E. Primus, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, .... )


I get that, but I believe that playing a great bass riff is keeping it simple so that you can sing it your head and remember it till it becomes stuck in your head.


Don't get me wrong I think Muse - Hysteria is a awesome but it's too much. Do you know what I mean?


A good bass line is also the main focus of the song, you hear everything else playing like drums, vocals, and guitar. But the bass seems to stick out more.


what is your take?

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Well' date=' if you can get a stadium full of people dancing to a song that's mostly one bass riff after another, then I'd say it's pretty much stuck in their heads....





Which riff are you talking about? theres like 17 of em in that song?

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Have you heard the bass lines in Last of the American Girls off their latest album? Very simple but musical and effective.


Yes I have, that's one of my favorite songs off the new album! Mike Dirnt writes some really great bass lines, even if they aren't very difficult. She, Stuart and the Ave., and J.A.R. are a few other Green Day songs that have some nice bass in them.

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My vote is for Cream, but a different song. Jack Bruce lays back nicely on Tales Of Brave Ulysses. I think noodlee bass players get too much attention in rock. It's the cats that can sit back and groove that are the best.


Also, that riff in Seven Nation Army is guitar through an octave pedal. No bass. Sorry.

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Can't believe no one has mentioned these 2...


2 of the best bass riffs in history that are also prety simple but yet give both songs character and make them classic songs.


Both by the same man, same band. I think he doesn't get the recognition he deserves.


John Deacon-Queen


Another one bites the dust and Under pressure. It doesn't get as great as that when it comes to simple but effective bass riffs.







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You forgot "What is Hip"...


Thank You.... I believe Rocco is one of the best... not so much for his "riffs" as his beats.


Rocco and I went to high school together, but I haven't seen him in many years. I recently did a concert with TOP's horn section, (still speak to Mimi Castillo from time to time, we went to school together too), but Rocco wasn't there.



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