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Learning McCartney's bass lines

Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (ozover50) » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:48 pm

Great stuff, Francesco.... love it!! :mrgreen:
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (ilan) » Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:25 pm

Fab indeed. Looking forward.
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (rickendelic) » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:50 pm

I'm really looking forward to these threads, thanks for posting 'em!
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (longboard_ric) » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:25 am

Thanks Francesco, this is great stuff.

Looking forward to more !!!
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (rickinroma) » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:07 am

so...

Which song would have been more appropriate to start with?

As opening track of the 1st published album...the energy provided by the counting, gives an additional strength to the song as the pumping basslines played by Paul with his Hofner Cavern bass do

It was said that Paul "borrowed" the basslines from another known song...however, I Saw Her Standing There has surely become the song which highlighted and gave the deserved fame to those lines.

The riff is quite simple and in order to make it easier and fluid along the whole movement, it should be played starting from the 7th fret of the A string, up/down with the picking
During the verse, your left hand will be then placed alternatively at the 7th fret and at the 5th (when the song goes to A chords ...and you know, what I mean)
Same positions when my heart went....

Anyway, it is quite easy to figure it out watching the video. For any info and req feel free to ask

The video was filmed with a microcassette panasonic videocamera, basic model....the whole audio, consisting of both the Beatles track and the performance, is captured by the videocamera incorporated microphone.

I am using my late 1965 Hofner 500/1 bass, through an Ashdown ABM C-115 combo in flat eq.

I use Fender heavy or extra heavy picks
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (ricmic) » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:18 pm

Francesco, thank you so much. I am an avid Beatles and Paul McCartney fan. I am really going to enjoy this. Thanks again, Mark
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (mgauction) » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:53 pm

Thanks Francesco! That was fun!
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (admin) » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:27 am

I particularly like the effortless style that you use in keeping this song moving Francesco. It allows you to keep rocking without wearing out before the end of this fast tempo song. In learning it, were there any surprises in it for you? I hear you play a cord midway through and another one at the end. These were surprises in that I had not noticed them before.
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (DavyR) » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:16 pm

Nice job Francesco! Good to hear the bassline played correctly for a change since so many bassists never quite get it right. Also impressive that you caught those little inconsistancies that McCartney plays throughout the song. The song from which they say McCartney got the idea for the bassline from was from the guitar riff in "A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues" from what I remember. Sweet clean 1965 Hofner too! Wow!
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (rickinroma) » Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:25 am

Thank you, David
that was the song that surely "inspired" Paul when he wrote I Saw Her Standing There

about inconsistencies... after having played Beatles songs for nearly 30 years it's quite clear that paul had/has a certain amount of instinctivity when playing bass. In other words, there are very few songs of his where he plays exactly the same lines verse by verse within the track, showing that he developed a certain freedom of expression around a well defined bassline decided for a given song. Maybe he was/is just a wee bit lazy to decide what to do, learn/write it down and perform it when recording the track

That's why it is sometimes hard to replicate his performance 100% note per note unless you learn it VERY accurately

Peter, Paul still amazes and surprises me, even in songs that I have learned for decades :D
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (admin) » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:09 am

Francesco, do you have any idea how many of Paul's Beatle performances had him playing chords on the bass. This is one small but unique aspect of this song, at least to me.
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (rickinroma) » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:21 pm

I can't say exactly how many so quickly
However a few that come up in mind:
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, All I've Got To Do, for example....
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:23 pm

"I'm Only Sleeping" as well.
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Re: One, Two, Three, Four ...

Postby (soundmasterg) » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:24 pm

This is a welcome and awesome addition to this forum. I've always loved to see your Beatles bass videos Francisco...keep 'em coming! I wish I had that Hofner bass that you have! I've got a 1963 Harmony H22 that gets a similar sound and is fun and easy to play. Looking forward to more videos.....


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