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Bass Songs for Beginners

Bass Songs for Beginners

The bass guitar is one of the toughest musical instruments to master. If you are planning to become a bassist for a band, then as a fellow bassist. We would like to recommend some really good songs that will help you to improve your skills.
Scholasticus K
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
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The bass is one of the most difficult musical instruments and it will take you a lot of passion and patience to master this instrument. The specialty of the bass guitar is that there is nothing such as simple and easy bass songs. All songs are difficult, by default.
This is the reason that why you find plenty of guitarists who are famous and talented. The number of bass players is however limited, as the instrument is very, very difficult to master. Here, some bass songs for beginners have been provided that will help improve control of strings.
Level 1
There are some songs where, as a bassists your job is to only control the tempo of the song. Here the number of notes that are to be played are limited, but you will have to groove a lot with your right hand, practice controlling the vibration of the strings.
'Yellow' by Coldplay and 'Coming back to life' by Pink Floyd are two really good ones and they do have a pleasurable tone. If you want to play something a bit faster, then you may as well play 'take it easy' by Eagles or 'drops of Jupiter' by Train.
The tempo of these songs is a bit faster and you will have to deal with more number of notes per bar. Some other good options consist of:
Wake Me Up When September Ends ~ Green Day
Nothing Else Matters ~ Metallica
Last Kiss ~ Pearl Jam Version
Heroes ~ David Bowie
Love Me When I am Gone ~ 3 Doors Down
Level 2
After you are done with these guitar songs, you can proceed to something more complicated and challenging. Most of these songs are fast paced and have more number of notes and a bit complicated grooves.
Wish You Were Here ~ Pink Floyd
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ~ Black Sabbath
Sad But True ~ Metallica
Fear Of The Dark ~ Iron Maiden
I Stand Alone ~ Godsmack
Smoke On The Water ~ Deep Purple
These songs usually have a complex time signature and you will have to take up a lot of efforts to master them. Once you have gained a considerable amount of confidence, you can move on to progressive, jazz, and heavy metal songs which are very complex and difficult to play on the bass guitar.
Level 3
These are songs that are not just complicated, but are also patience testing. For old jazz and classical songs you can also refer to beginner bass songs to learn. Here are a few difficult ones:
Blood Brothers ~ Iron Maiden
In The Presence Of Enemies ~ Dream Theater
Portrait Of Tracy ~ Jaco Pastorius
Acid Rain ~ Liquid Tension Experiment
Addicted To That Rush ~ Mr Big
Roundabout ~ Yes
Classical Thump ~ Victor Wooten
Fields Of Sound ~ Motherjane
Anesthesia: Pulling Teeth ~ Clifford Lee Burton
Note that playing all the scales as regularly as possible is also an important requisite as it will always keep in touch with basics of bass playing. If you are tired playing the usual fretted 4 string bass, then trying out something different, like the fretless or 6 string bass will be more challenging.
You can also start covering the playing style of some of the best bass players. Some of them have very complex bass lines that are very difficult to cover.