I am working through a couple tabs now and noticing (I have also noticed this before) that oft times there are actual, good ol’ plain mistakes in a recorded song’s bassline. Generally some of the older tunes where digital correction wasn’t available.
These aren’t variations along the way for interest, they are just clearly the original bass player missing the right note, or the note at all, and clearly are not meant to be there.
These of course tend to trip me up when ‘memorizing’ a tune, as it makes it harder to remember where the (single note at times) mistake is. But should they?
Why copy a mistake when you know how it should be?
When you find these, what do you do / how do you handle.
Personally, I don’t subscribe to the idea (or ideal) that all bass lines all the time need to be reproduced verbatim, warts and all. I would always use musical judgement and apply that (always with respect to the original intent or feeling).
Yeah this is what I have basically come to, with the exception of the Beatles, lol.
Actually, very few to none of what I would call ‘mistakes’ in Paul’s recorded basslines.
Paul does a ton of variations throughout tunes, but I would also bet those variations change every time he plays them. Almost every repeat of the Silly Love Songs main riff varies throughout for example. But that is different.
I never play the mistake.
In the recordings I’ve found, the mistakes were generally left in because the take - aside from the bass player - was good. Everyone hit the part and the bass mistake is almost always a chord tone, so it’s usable.
But I’d never do it on a gig.
If, somehow, the mistake was the part of the bass line that made it amazing, then learn it that way. But I have zero examples of this in my experience.
I love the days of mistakes recorded.
The confusing and deceiving world of releasing flawless recordings after hours and hours and hours of retake after retake create bizarre and unhealthy impressions and expectations in players.
Live to tape.
That’s how I want to live and play. Gimme them mistakes.