The ONE bass line EVERY bass player should know

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If there was ever a ‘must know’ bass riff, Express Yourself by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band is that riff. It’s unquestionably in-the-pocket and effortlessly funky! It’s also a good example of how ‘less is more’ when it comes to coming up with a really catchy riff. There aren’t too many basslines that single-handedly make you want to move like this 1970s banger!

In this week’s video I give you a crash course in how to master the smooth grooves of bassist Melvin Dunlap.

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott 🙂


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  1. Vegas_small_timer

    Wow. I’ve literally only just started to learn the bass and already had this bass line as a top one in my list that I’d love to learn. Freaky.

  2. Anything from the Penthouse side of Heaven 17s 1st album would be great..

  3. Melody played by Dave Richmond on the iconic Gainsbourg’s album Melody Nelson.

  4. Darling dear by the j-5. James jamerson

  5. Wake up and make love. The Blockheads bass player : Norman Watt-Roy. Tune down to E flat.

  6. money by pink Floyd, pretty easy but so damn cool

  7. Scott gotta have Boogie oogie oogie by A taste of Honey. Got to be one of the most recognizable line ever. I love beating out for friends.

  8. Great lesson, but I wish the volume of the bass matched your voice level, the bass seems to disappear.

  9. “I’ll take you there” Staple Singers. Great bassline with an even greater bass solo.

  10. Histerya from Muse

  11. The Chicken!!!

  12. j5 i want you back

  13. the most important aspect with this bass line is getting the timing correctly.

  14. The Jam – A Town Called Malice

  15. For the love of money from The O'Jays. The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On..

  16. Dancin' in the Moonlight by the late, great Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), or "The right hand finger killer" AKA Hysteria by Chris Wolstenholme (Muse)

  17. Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez

    The first two lines from School Days by Stanley Clarke should definitely be on that list.

  18. "I Saw Her Standing There" – The Beatles

  19. Money – Pink Floyd

  20. The theme from Barney Miller. I'll Take You There by the Staples Family. Great bass lines RULE a tune. Thanks for this one.

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