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Bass: Paul v. George
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14 July 2010
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GniknuS
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Speaking of bass lines, I just listened to Lady Madonna for the first time in a while, and that bass line is awesome.

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14 July 2010
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paulsbass said:

skye said:

Shame on me, I didn't have that in my playlist. To be honest, unless someone points it, I don't 'hear' the individual parts. But now that I've listened for it, I have to agree.


 

Funny, I ALWAYS go for the bass first. And with Lady Madonna it's not just the line itself, it's the SOUND of it! How fat is that bass?!

Listen to "Paperback writer", which was Paul's birth as a lead bass player.


 

Again, living up to your name! Ok, will do.

MeanMrs.Mustard said:


You're just like my dad. Ay, ay, ay.
 

Neglecting my playlist or listening to the whole song? The playlist gets forgotten because I updated to 7 and had to recreate parts of my collection - you don't know it's missing until it's missed! - and my ipod is too small to hold it all. So LM was on my ipod but not my lap top.
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14 July 2010
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skye said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:


You're just like my dad. Ay, ay, ay.
 

Neglecting my playlist or listening to the whole song? The playlist gets forgotten because I updated to 7 and had to recreate parts of my collection - you don't know it's missing until it's missed! - and my ipod is too small to hold it all. So LM was on my ipod but not my lap top.
 

Not hearing parts. Honestly. The other day, we were listening to my mom's iPod in the car. "
What Goes On" came up. He couldn't even tell that I was singing Ringo's part! (OK, so you're not THAT much like him.)

Mom: Try singing Ringo's part, dear. It fits your range.

Dad: (Sings Paul's part)

Mom: It's the part that your daughter is singing. (Referring to me, not my sister, who is fast asleep)

Me: (Singing extra-loudly) I USED TO THINK OF NO-ONE ELSE, BUT YOU WERE JUST THE SAME. 

Dad: (Now singing Ringo's part) You something, something, something, something, something, something, name. 

Mom: (sighs, starts singing) Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh.

Me: What goes ooooooooon in your heart? (Guitar solo starts)

Dad: What goes ooooooooon in your-- oh. 

a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

He eventually figured it out. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

31 August 2010
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Thank you for a very nice welcoming! a-hard-days-night-george-9

Yes, I was kinda shocked when I saw the matter of discussion, 😉 but I find this discussion, and everything else about the Beatles' music and their musicianship interesting. So I guess it's best to just jump right into the heat. :)

By the way, I read an interview with GH in creemmagazine.com where he describes his bass playing on Old Brown Shoe with these words: "It's like a lunatic playing."

Lunatic playing or not, he played the bass sometimes, he did it well, but it was not the instrument that he favored. And I think that the love he felt for the guitar is audible in his playing. His bass playing is skillful but without heart, his guitar playing is subtle, economical, strikingly beautiful, simple sounding yet strangely hard to copy, and of course, he set the trends for guitar heroes all over the world from the early 60'ies and onward.

Still, this is nothing but my humble opinion on the subject.

//SS

1 September 2010
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I'm saying Paul. Come Together is a prime example of just brilliance a-hard-days-night-john-6

But George had his moments, and John. They all had different styles, so it's really impossible to say who's better.

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2 September 2010
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paulsbass said:

Paulie. said:

I'm saying Paul. Come Together is a prime example of just brilliance a-hard-days-night-john-6

But George had his moments, and John. They all had different styles, so it's really impossible to say who's better.

 


Hi Paulie!
 

No, it's really not impossible or even hard to say that Paul without doubt was the best bass player in The Beatles.

As SexySadie very competently explained to George himself his moments of bass playing were nothing special, just pure need of someone doing it while Paul played piano or whatever. When he did a bass riff, he played it like a guitar riff on thicker strings, like on "Old Brown Shoe". When he didn't do that he mostly stuck to doing the ground notes, as in "She said, she said". I tried before to explain the DIFFERENCE between a "terrific" bassline and the bassline on that song. Another good example for his unspectacular, simple bass playing is "Faster", suggested by the OP, while for different reasons, but still useful and very telling.

John was willing and able to fool around on practically anything, so he did some cool stuff on "Helter Skelter". But he also had his moment on "Long and winding road" where he's not that brilliant.

None of the two even remotely had Paul's feeling and understanding of the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic possibilities and functions of the instrument!

To understand that, listen to "Nowhere Man", as I said before. I can tell you excactly how the bass line would sound if played by George: Just the ground notes, nothing more. If you were here I could play it to you. And then listen to Paul's stuff...

And then check out ANY bass line on the Sgt. Peppers album and tell me George or John were able to consistently pull off stuff like that on "Getting better", "Fixing A Hole", "With a little help", "Good morning", "A Day In The Life", "Lucy in the sky", "Lovely Rita", "Mr. Kite"...

 

Sorry folks, I don't think it's all my fault that this discussion that shouldn't be happening at all turned into a 6 page monster thread...

But I'm glad more and more reasonable postings appear...

 

Hear, hear!

Well put Paulsbass, if you know something about music and bass playing it is possible to say that Macca was the better playing.

It is not difficult to hear, his complex and beautiful bass lines are all over youtube and people struggle to do them and learn them. He is studied like a master. Macca is also listed on numerous sites as being one of the top players in the world, he basically invented a complex and melodic style that bass players have copied for decades now.

GH on the other hand, his best moments of music are with the guitar or the sitar in hand. He was just as important as Macca in building their music. Thousands of musicians copied his things, the use of the 12-string, his clever use of previously non-existing chords, his obvious growing from a competent skiffle musician to a multi-instrumentalist, capable of stunning riffs and beautiful arrangements.

You gotta love them both! :) Or, of course, all four of them!

//SS


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paulsbass said:

Paulie. said:

I'm saying Paul. Come Together is a prime example of just brilliance a-hard-days-night-john-6

But George had his moments, and John. They all had different styles, so it's really impossible to say who's better.



 


Hi Paulie!
 

No, it's really not impossible or even hard to say that Paul without doubt was the best bass player in The Beatles.

As SexySadie very competently explained to George himself his moments of bass playing were nothing special, just pure need of someone doing it while Paul played piano or whatever. When he did a bass riff, he played it like a guitar riff on thicker strings, like on "Old Brown Shoe". When he didn't do that he mostly stuck to doing the ground notes, as in "She said, she said". I tried before to explain the DIFFERENCE between a "terrific" bassline and the bassline on that song. Another good example for his unspectacular, simple bass playing is "Faster", suggested by the OP, while for different reasons, but still useful and very telling.

John was willing and able to fool around on practically anything, so he did some cool stuff on "Helter Skelter". But he also had his moment on "Long and winding road" where he's not that brilliant.

None of the two even remotely had Paul's feeling and understanding of the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic possibilities and functions of the instrument!

To understand that, listen to "Nowhere Man", as I said before. I can tell you excactly how the bass line would sound if played by George: Just the ground notes, nothing more. If you were here I could play it to you. And then listen to Paul's stuff...

And then check out ANY bass line on the Sgt. Peppers album and tell me George or John were able to consistently pull off stuff like that on "Getting better", "Fixing A Hole", "With a little help", "Good morning", "A Day In The Life", "Lucy in the sky", "Lovely Rita", "Mr. Kite"...

 

Sorry folks, I don't think it's all my fault that this discussion that shouldn't be happening at all turned into a 6 page monster thread...

But I'm glad more and more reasonable postings appear...


What you just basically said is that your opinion is right. Hell, I'm not even that self-righteous.
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