What’s your go-to lick when checking out a new bass?
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It’s the “slow chromatic run up the entire fingerboard on each string.” Not the most exciting thing to hear, but pretty good for making sure the frets and intonation are accurate.
Playing “Higher Ground” in the bass section is like a guitarist playing “Stairway to Heaven.”
Whatever makes me look cooler than the guitar player noodling next to me. God, I hate music stores.
The Barney Miller theme.
I like to start off with a little “Smoke on the Water,” bust into “I Love You” by Barney, and then segue into a slap rendition of “Happy Birthday”—but no “Stairway”!
Rush’s “Vital Signs” from start to finish.
“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.
—J. Peter Ross
“Come On, Come Over.”
“I Want You Back.” .
Pink Floyd’s “Money.” .
“Silly Putty,” “Continuum,” “Teen Town,” “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” “Mellowship Slinky in B Major,” and “Tommy the Cat” are some faves. But if the amp’s got a gain channel, it’s hard to resist a little “Hysteria.”