Need some bass inspiration? Take this megadose of iconic bass riffs, played chronologically from Cream to Led Zeppelin to Gorillaz.
Iconic Riffs Spotify
Here's a Spotify playlist of all 30 songs, in order:
Sheet Music + Bass Tab
Want to play along? Here’s sheet music and bass tabs for every iconic bass riff:
If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, a lot of these bass riffs will be super playable by Module 6 or so. And some of them won’t be… don’t come crying when you have a Schism headache.
Hope this video pumps some bass inspiration into your tank!
What riffs would you add to this list that I missed?
Happy to see Joy Division in there
Outstanding “Ice Ice baby” lol
This is gold. GOLD I say!!
Chuck Rainey on Peg with Steely Dan seems an oversight, as does something with Carol Kaye
An honourable mention would be “Toto - Hold the line”.
What, no “Hey Bulldog” by McCartney??
Yet more great stuff! But i think we missed one. Is there a better word than “iconic” for the one and only “stuck in the middle with you” by stealer’s wheel? If there is, i haven’t found it.
I think the list is perfect. It’s all about iconic bass riffs, not iconic players or songs. Each one of those that Josh played is, in my opinion, an iconic bass riff.
Just my two cents, your mileage may vary, etc., etc., etc.
I think the list is a very good start, but it could always be better by adding many other equally iconic bass lines.
People on youtube commenting about the amazing tone from the Squier… but nobody asking where that non stock control plate with the stacked knobs and switches came from…
Funk in general, annnnnnd:
Holy crap do I love that song. Bootsy Collins, Q-Tip, catchy lines, it’s got it all.
That’s just a good piece of music right there
Loved that show. Abe Vigoda and Jack Soo playing comedy. Aw, hell yeah.
And speaking of baking,…
I think this would be on the bubble of making the cut, but worth a mention.
Level 42 - Lessons in Love
This is so cool! Thanks! The Spotify list to go with it…
I think what you are seeing was stock: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
So, you’re totally ignoring the three stacked knobs and two switches that exist on the control plate of the bass Josh is playing and just going by matching colours in that link?