How do you get that Chris Squire sizzle? Lemme break down “Roundabout” for you and show how you to level up your own bass lines.
If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, the playing difficulty on the lesson will be pretty intense, so be prepared for a challenge! You can also just watch for fun and apply the concepts to your own (less insane) bass lines.
Full Roundabout Bass Tab + Sheet Music
Here’s the full, uncensored, Josh-approved sheet music + bass tab for Roundabout, have fun!
Isn’t that crazy that Chris Squire signature Rick’s go for tens of thousands of dollars, even though he said they don’t even sound like his bass? Mind blown.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!’
I’ve been a bassist since 1976 and THIS song has always been my elusive unicorn that, for whatever reason, I just COULD NOT play!!! You have given me the map I need to follow to find this unicorn’s lair! I’ll have time during this upcoming dreary Michigan winter week to work on this until I master it!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!
Did someone get a Ricky for Christmas? @JoshFossgreen
Great video. Although very out of my reach, songs like this make we want to keep learning and get to higher levels of proficiency.
Chris got me interested in bass. I wore out copies of Fragile, Yes Album, and Yessongs. I don’t think I will ever get to that level.
Roundabout is a great song.
As you work through the B2B course, you get to a point where you no longer feel like you’re just flailing around trying to keep up with Billie Jean. You can hear things like this and think, "got-dang, that bass tone is #goals and:
This face (snort):
Disapproving Meme Girl doesn’t like simple pop songs? They’re good palate cleansers.
(Oh wait it’s the overly complicated bass thing) (goes to get another coffee)
Spaaaccceee - getting hit in the bass
“It’s fricking mayhem.” Like cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!
[Jamerson disapproves] (snort)
It’s fun seeing how much you enjoy this bass line (which is incredible).
You might wanna have a word with your editor, though.
(All the best people I know are dorks )
Nice new Rick you got there @JoshFossgreen
Hey @JoshFossgreen - rick buddies! Whatcha got? Looks like a 4001 amirite?
May I say another fine video by the way. I’m not a major Yes fan myself, but I might give them a go.
Lamentably, the Rick isn’t mine, just borrowed from a musician friend for the video. It was really fun to play and try to cop Chris’ tone, but I didn’t feel very at home on it! Would have to spend more time with one to get comfortable not having my usual plucking hand resting places.
I think I like the Bassbuzz videos that deal with these little nuances in playing, most of all. The idea of ‘ping-ponging’ with the drummer really got me thinking about what a successful bassline that doesn’t simply follow the kick could be. And of course, the tips on getting that awesome scumbag tone without shelling out for a Rickenbacker are always appreciated!
Added to the BassBuzz YouTube Video Guide in the Player Profile Section. Even though it’s not really a player profile video, it doesn’t fit, neatly, anywhere else, either.
I’ve always loved watching Yes in videos because Chris was always such a great innovator.
Today in Next-Level Parenting: I went to pick up my daughter from school. As we walked back to the car, she was telling me about something some annoying boy had done. Then she said, “Jamerson disapproves. WTF?”
She already knows the F word, because of all the kids who yell it on the playground. I had told her previously that we would have to discuss proper usage, because if you’re going to use that word you should use it well. She said “OK, but maybe in a couple years. I don’t wanna use that word right now.”
Seems like WTF is an acceptable substitute, though.
(It’s good to have these conversations.)
It’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking anything at that moment.
Haha wow that’s amazing. I’m gonna sip some water just so I can spit take.