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Cambridge Bass Lessons   9 July, 2016
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Download Youtube: Top 100 bass lines

  Which is your favourite? Or .... Have I left your favourite out? Please leave a comment.  Here are 100 of my favourite bass lines. They are in no particular order other than tempo. I begin at 94 bpm and end at 140 bpm. 

I had originally planned to record just the bass and drums but I soon began to add, keyboards, guitar, effects etc. Giving myself the enormous task of creating 100 separate backing tracks! I ordered the tracks by tempo, created 6 arrangements and used a staggering 840 tracks in Logic X.  

Most of this recording (Bass) is live but I had some issues when filming/recording,  Logic kept freezing half way through so I ended up using two live takes. The bass was recorded without effects. During production I used the Line 6 Helix plus the effects in Logic X.  Some of the bass is slightly distorted but I preferred to use the live takes rather than start over dubbing.

Thinking of 100 classic riffs wasn't easy and I have tried to include as many bass players as I could think of. Regrettably I didn't have time to learn any Les Claypool (He's one crazy cat). I did originally have a Dream Theatre bass line but I played it so badly that I had to edit it out. 
 
A special thanks goes out to my good friends Alex Poole and Booga for helping me out with some of the keyboard and guitar parts.

Running order

1. The Police - Beds too big without you
2. Jah Wobble - Visions of you
3. Air - la femme d’argent
4. Marvin Gaye - Inner city blues
5. The Stranglers - Nice and Sleazy
6. The Beatles - Come together
7. Lou Reed - Walk on the wild side
8. Curtis Mayfield - Freddie’s dead
9. Billy Cobham - Stratus
10. The Meters - Sissy strut
11. Gorillaz - Stylo
12. Muse - Hysteria
13. Rush - Tom Sawyer
14. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
15. Manowar - Guyana
16. Dre Dre/Snoop Dog - Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ thang
17. Level 42 - Kansas city milkman
18. The Cure - Love cats
19. Omar - There’s nothing like this
20. Groove Armada - Suntoucher
21. Yes - Leave it
22. Ohio Players - Fire
23. Parliament - We want the funk
24. Sly and the family stand - Thank you f l m b y f
25. Grover Washington Jnr - Let it flow
26. Stanley Clarke/ Louis Johnson - We supply
27. Level 42 - Love Games
28. Marcus Miller - Run for cover
29. Kool and the gang  - Jungle Boogie
30. Graham Central Station - Earthquake
31. Cameo - Single life
32.The Source - You got the love (Erins bootleg mix)
33. S.O.S Band - Just be good to me
34. Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
35. RHCP - Can’t stop
36. Sly and the Family stand - If you want me to stay
37. Stevie Wonder - I Wish
38. O’Jays - For the love of money
39. Tool - Schism
40. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the name of
41. The Gap Band - Oops up side your head
42. Luther Vandross - Never too much
43. The Commodores - Brick house
44. Chic - Good times
45. Queen - Another one bites the dust
46. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
47. Patrice Rushden - Forget Me Nots
48. Cameo - Candy
49. The Whispers - And the beat goes on
50. Sister Sledge - He’s the greatest dancer
51. Spinal Tap - Big Bottom
52. Paul Young - Tear your Playhouse down
53. RHCP - Hump De Bump
54. Stone Roses - Fools Gold
55. Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
56. Gil Evans - So What
57. Sister Sledge - We are family
58. Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground
59. Rose Royce - Car Wash
60. Jackson 5 - I want you back
61. Ian Dury & the Blockheads - Hit me with you rhythm stick
62. Donna Summer - I feel love
63. Jaco Pastorius - Come on Come over
64. Led Zeppelin - Whole lotta love
65. Jaco Pastorius - The Chicken
66. D’Angelo - Brown Sugar
67. Grace Jones - Pull up to the bumper
68. Parliament - Flashlight
69. Michael Jackson - Get Off the floor
70. Chic - Le Freak
71. Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
72. Chic - I want your love
73. Rush - Leave that thing alone
74. Earth Wind and Fire - Let’s groove
75. Weather Report - Teen Town
76. Level 42 - 43
77. Al Jarreau - Raging Waters
78. Pleasure - Glide
79. Nicka Costa - Til I get to you
80. Bad Manners - Walking in the sunshine
81. The Police - Spirits in the material world
82. Duran Duran - Rio
83. Rush - Time stands still
84. Joy Division - Love will tear us apart 
85. Stanley Clarke - School Days
86. The Damned - Smash it up (part 1)
87. The Police - Walking on the moon
88. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc
89. The Who - Won’t get fooled again
90. Bob Marley - Burnin’ and shootin
91. Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
92. Pink Floyd - Money
93. Yes - roundabout
94. Iron Maiden - The Trooper
95. The Tramps - Disco Inferno
96. Madness - Bed and breakfast Man
97. New Order - Blue Monday
98. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
99. Level 42 - Dune Tune
100. Jaco Pastorius - Continuum

Apologies if you feel I've left any of your favourites out, please leave a comment, cheers Davey

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