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What makes a great McCartney bass line
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19 May 2013
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Thanks for that Dear Prudence isolation.

Two things about Paul's bass playing there:

1) He's a very careful bass player -- you get a sense he has mapped out every little thing.  I prefer that to musicians who say "oh I'm just winging it, man, don't think too much, just feel the music, blah blah effing blah"

2) Near the end I swear he's doing the thumb-tapping technique I thought was pioneered by Larry Graham of Sly & the Family Stone.  (Then when he combines the thumb-tapping with some gravelly intricate runs way down deep, it reminds me of some of Paul Jackson's bass work, of Herbie Hancock fame.)

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Another treat.  Here's just Paul & Ringo on "Something":

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I want to hear Paul's first approach with Something, I heard that George wanted to simplify Paul's bass line.

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I think it depends on the song and the period. You can certainly tell that a lot of the Sgt Pepper basslines were mapped out and every little nuance considered for maximum effect, as well as some of the later stuff (particularly Something).

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Regarding the bass playing, I think it depends on the sort of song. If you watch him playing Get Back on the Apple rooftop, you can tell that he's improvising a lot, which is understandable as it's quite a simple song. Whereas on a song like Mr Kite! it sounds like a structured and precise performance.

I'm sure I've said this before, but I once read an interview with a bassist in a Beatles tribute band (can't remember which one). He said the basslines on songs by John and George tended to be more adventurous, almost as if he was bored in the studio and wanted to liven things up for his own amusement.

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