Songs to Practice Specific Techniques

I thought it might be useful to start a thread where people can share and request songs to use for practicing specific techniques.

Here are a few examples:

Building pinky strength when first starting

  • Low Rider by War

Easy Slap and Pop Songs

  • Sugar by Maroon 5

Octaves

  • Electric Feel by MGMT

Feel free to share other examples for these categories and more! Or request songs to practice a technique you’re struggling with :slight_smile:

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This is a great topic. Thought I would bump it up and see if there are any new suggestions.

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String crossing with a pick: Disintegration (The Cure)

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My string crossing practice song is Lady Marmalade

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Nice!

Disintegration is like this:

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She’s Lost Control by Joy Division is great for building up finger strength since it requires you to fret the really high frets. I tried playing it and now my fingertips are aching :sweat_smile:

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Good one. Perfect Kiss is a similar pattern a few frets down too.

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I’m gonna try learning that one too, although it’s probably just gonna mess up my fingers even more heheh

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Yeah except for the main riff it’s harder. She’s Lost Control is kind of relentless but simple.

Hooky must have fingers of steel.

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Unfortunately, I can’t learn the main riff because it uses the 21st fret and I only have 20 frets :pensive: nice suggestion though. If I ever get a 24 fret bass, I might learn it.

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Ahh, bummer. Yeah, Peter Hook is one of the few bass players where this is an issue.

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Great topic! If anyone remembers “Danger! High Voltage!” by Electric Six/Jack White, that’s a fun one to practice octaves.

I like “Time Bomb” by Rancid and “Shake a Tail Feather” from Blues Bros soundtrack for practicing speed and hand coordination (starting at a lower BPM and working up to song BPM)

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