What's the hardest bass line ever?

What’s one bass line bassists consistently seem to struggle with?

More idle curiosity than me ever attempting it, at a guess :joy:

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Closer to Home, by Grand Funk Railroad would get my vote. :open_mouth:

Haha, so many ways I could answer this question… first thing coming to mind is Use Me, Bill Withers.

It’s not that it’s a difficult line, it’s that NOBODY I’ve ever heard play it live actually bothered to learn the bass line, so they just play the keyboard part. Which is lame to do, you miss out on some important rhythmic counterpoint that makes that song super cool.

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Can I go back to my epic odyssey with Cissy Strut here??
The debate rages. The authorities are at odds.
George Porter Jr. himself may not be as trustworthy as hoped.
(see this thread here: Stories with Basses)

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I’m going to learn that at some point. And, I’m not even going to worry if I get a note or two wrong. :wink:

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My benchmark for “hard” was always King Crimson - Discipline. Mostly played on a Chapman stick, but shown how to fake it on a regular bass, and still several orders above my personal skill level. Tony Levin kicks Bass ass! A great live version here :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTQrlDzqUCA&list=RDxkXZzBh9D8U&index=3

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I’m really late here but there haven’t been very many answers.

The songs YYZ and La Villa Strangiato by Rush are generally considered top tier difficulty. I have read, but can’t verify, that even Geddy Lee only nails the solo in La Villa Strangiato about half the time.

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I can verify that YYZ is hard!

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Excellent work, Josh . . . :+1:

Thumbs up as always, Joe

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The hardest bass line ever? It’s the 5 minutes of insane riffage that you played last night and thought “I’m going to record this tomorrow”… and then can’t remember. :smile:

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Holy shit! That was BAD ASS! :metal:

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@Korrigan Yes! This! It has bitten me more than once. Just thinking about it frustrates me! :face_with_symbols_over_mouth:

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I love this.
In my imagination, there’s an alternate dimension where all those brilliant ideas are floating around in a kind of idea purgatory. Wailing, gnashing teeth, waiting and praying for someone to rediscover them and bring them to life.
I’ve sent so many songs there…

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Maybe if you write a song that functions as an interdimensional portal, you can use it to travel there and get the rest of the songs out? :space_invader:

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