Although some claim that most bass lines are simple, figuring out basic bass tab is surprisingly difficult.
Some basslines are inspirational but too technically challenging for inexperienced bassists. Then there are the basslines, which have complex parts that don't make them obvious at first. Therefore, figuring out which songs to learn to play on bass guitar can be a challenge for beginners.
That's why I created this list of 23 Easy Bass Tabs.
I've put all the songs under the microscope to make sure they really are suitable for beginners. To keep the list interesting, I've also included different genres. Finally, I also chose basslines that show different aspects of bass playing.
So I believe any beginner will find at least some basic bass tabs to suit them.
Related reading: Many famous Christmas carols have simple bass tabs and work well in solo bass arrangements. To learn more, check them outeasy christmas carols for bassfor which I have created full tabs.
23. AC/DC - Struck by lightning
- Tempo:136 BPM
- Bassist:Klippe Williams
If you want to try one of the easiest songs to play on the bass, go for itThunderstruckfrom AC/DC.
The reason it's easy is because Cliff Williams repeatedly plays the eighth note Bs for most of the song. So if you can keep this simple rhythm going for a few minutes, you should be able to play most of the song yourself.
In the later parts the bass changes things up a bit, with some stops and melodic changes. However, these changes give you enough time to switch finger positions between notes. As a result, this is a great song for those totally new to bass guitar.
22. Foo Fighters – Mein Held
- Tempo:155 BPM
- Bassist:Nate Mendel
For a light bassline that has a bit more speed, I recommendmy herovon Foo Fighters.
For most of the song, Nate Mendel alternates between playing an E and a C#. He also inserts a Bb in the chorus, in addition to a simple onelick from belownot over
As a result, as long as you're able to pound out eighth notes at a tempo of 155 BPM, you can get through this song without too much trouble. The slight changes in the chorus also ensure that the bass part doesn't feel too repetitive, which also makes this song fun.
21. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
- Gender:Indian rock
- Tempo:117 BPM
- Bassist:Tim Kingsbury
If you're looking for some easy, upbeat indie rock bass tab, then Arcade Fire is for youRebellionIt's a great choice.
As the song builds steadily, the bassline stays mostly the same. This line consists of an A#-D#-A#-G progression played at a smooth 117 BPM tempo.
Remarkably, the bass makes a small melodic shift towards the end without noticeably increasing the overall difficulty of the line.
20. Coldplay – Gelb
- Gender:skirt popular
- Tempo:87 BPM
- Bassist:Guy Berrymann
Gelbby Coldplay is a song suitable for student bassists looking for something slower and smoother.
At a tempo of 87 BPM, the challenge is playing slow rather than fast enough. So it's a great song to learn to put in your pocket and feel the groove of the song as you play it.
The bass line itself is relatively simple, repeating 4 notes for most of the song. However, it has some changes in its melodic pattern. He also has a pairOctave jumps. They increase the difficulty a bit, but are also much more beginner-friendly for the slow tempo of the music.
19. Pixies - Where's My Mind?
- Gender:Alternative Rock
- Tempo:81 BPM
- Bassist:Kim Deal
The lyrics, Kim Deal's backing vocals, and the deep chorus are all iconic parts of the Pixies.Where is my Mind?. For me, however, the best part has always been Deal's bass line.
This is mainly due to its unique rhythm and how it switches from an eighth note rhythm to sixteenth notes at the end. As a result, it adds a lot of panache to the music and is a lot of fun to play.
This 2 bar groove is repeated throughout most of the song. The only changes happen at the end of the choruses and during the bridge. The chorus is of a similar difficulty level to the main riff, although the bridge has some 16th note variations that make it a bit more challenging.
18. Manowar - The kingdom is coming
- Tempo:176 BPM
- Bassist:Joey DeMaio
While it can be difficult to find metal songs that are easy enough to play for a beginner,future empireIt's a great place to start.
related reading: I put this song on my playlist tooMetal bass simple tabs.
For the most part, Joey DeMaio plays an eighth-note groove broken up into a few low notes. He then plays whole notes and sustained minims in the chorus and later parts of the song.
This makes the song suitable for beginners despite its somewhat fast tempo of 176 BPM. While many metal songs require you to turn down the bass,future empireis played in standard E.
17. The Kinks - You really got me
- Tempo:136 BPM
- Bassist:Peter Quaife
Another great option for a basic bass tab with a little more groove isyou really got mevon The Kinks.
The main groove consists of just two notes; an F and a G. Though Pete Quaify's bassline is beyond catchy despite its simplicity on this track, which utilizes rests and a catchy rhythm.
In later parts of the song, the riff is played with different notes. However, no more than 2 notes are used at once, keeping the song in rhythm and easy to play.
16. Billy Joel – Pianist
- Gender:pop rock
- Tempo:103 BPM
- Bassist:Emory Gordy jr.
Pianistby Billy Joel has a slow groove which I consider to be one of thebest bass lines ever.
This means that the tonic is not repeated but moves between the different notes of the chord. Walking bass lines are a staple in jazz and blues, but you'll find them in every genre under the sun.
So since this is a great sounding slow tempo groove this is perfectIntroduction to playing walking bass lines. That makesPianista great song to learn if you want to play jazz, as walking basslines are common in that genre.
15. Humble Mouse - Floating
- Gender:Indian rock
- Tempo:102 BPM
- Bassist:Eric Judy
There are few songs that sound as hopeful and upbeat as Modest Mouse.float by.
This is reflected in the bass line, which uses key tones of the major scale to convey this feeling. The staccato notes also give it a lively character that fits perfectly with the upbeat mood of the song.
During the chorus, Eric Judy begins playing sustained long notes. So the music is low key and one of the best choices for aspiring bass players looking for something lively to play with.
14. Os Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
- Tempo:176 BPM
- Bassist:Dee Dee Ramone
I markedBlitzkrieg Bopon my list ofeasy songs to play on the bass while singing, And for a good reason.
Despite its fast tempo, the simplicity of the main riff makes the bass tab easy and suitable for beginners. The vocals also perfectly match the rhythm of Dee Dee Ramone's bass line and have a simple melody.
Therefore, this song deserves a spot on this list for a number of reasons. It's a great first punk song to learn and good for learning to sing and play the bass at the same time. After all, it's an iconic song that you'll probably end up playing sooner or later when you're playing with other people.
13. Three Days Grace - An animal that I became
- Gender:Alternative Rock
- Tempo:122 BPM
- Poll:Solte C
- Bassist:Brad Walst
Animal I Have Become is a great example of how a deep, tuned bass groove can complete a song.
In the intro and verse, the bass adds groove to the song by playing a simple melody and using breaks. In the chorus, Brad Welst plays a combination of quarter notes and eighth notes to create a deep, heavy layer. The result is a song that's heavy and dynamic, but also easy to play.
This song is also a great intro to playtriplets. Walst only plays them at the end of the chorus, and due to the song's moderate tempo, they're a great introduction to the technique.
Music is playedDrop C tuning for bass.Because the low C is often used in the bass line, you need to tune your bass to play this song.
12. Talking Heads – Psychokiller
- Gender:So new
- Tempo:120 BPM
- Bassist:Tina Weymouth
Talking Heads' biggest hit begins with a funky, groovy staccato from Tina Weymouth.
The bass also sets the tone for the rest of the following song. It's also a great example of how a simple bass line can be incredibly catchy and impactful.
The main riff is played in A minorand is easy to play as it consists mostly of staccato notes on the open A string. However, the following parts are a bit more difficult. The chorus requires you to move a little more on the fretboard while playing a somewhat melodic line at 120 BPM.
In the last part of the song there is also a part where the bass alternates between a low A and a high A and a G. So while I recommend this song for beginners, it is more challenging than most of the other entries on this list.
11. Eminem (feat. Dido) – Stan
- Gender:Hip Hop
- Tempo:82 BPM
- Bassist:Mike Elizondo
While there is a lotawesome hip hop bass linesout there they can often be challenging for beginners. Luckily, Eminem's Stan bass line is a great place to start if you're looking to dabble in the genre.
The song mainly consists of a slow line composed mostly of half notes. Combine that with the song's slow 82 BPM tempo and you have a very beginner-friendly bassline.
Occasionally the bassline makes a slight rhythmic and melodic shift, which doesn't noticeably increase the level of difficulty.
Monitoring: Remember thatPlay hip hop on bassit can be difficult even when playing simple lines. This is because the articulation of each note has a huge impact on the song as a whole.
10. Jimmy Eat World – Die Mitte
- Gender:Alternative Rock
- Tempo:162 BPM
- Poll:drop D
- Bassist:Rick Burch
The middleBy Jimmy Eat World is a great example of how much impact intermittent breaks in a bass line can have on a song.
Rick Burch plays eighth notes for most of the song. When the chorus hits, it rests for a quarter note.
Although he returned to eighth notes shortly thereafter, the song seems to have been rejuvenated as a result. For this reason,The middleIt's a super fun song to play and one I recommend to beginners on a regular basis.
This song is playingDrop-D-Bass-Tuning. Since the low D is used repeatedly throughout, you need to tune your bass to play this song.
9. Rob Zombie - darling
- Tempo:130 BPM
- Poll:Solte C
- Bassist:Rob „Blasko“ Nicholson
For a hard and blunt beatBassgroove in C, experimentSchatzby RobZombie.
During the intro and verse, the bass plays for 4 bars and then rests for 4 bars. This makes the riff sound extra heavy when it reappears after the vocal part.
During the chorus and interlude, the bass line consists mostly of single eighth-note grooves. As a result, the song as a whole is undemanding to play and doesn't feel overly repetitive.
Although it was originally recordedDrop C bass tuning, the bass line can be played in the E pattern. So the tablature created above was made to be played without voicing the bass. For the full tablatures of this song, you can chooseTransportthe tablature or lower your bass.
8. The Killers - When you were young
- Tempo:130 BPM
- Bassist:Markus Störmer
when you were youngby The Killers shows what a huge difference playing the same bass line two different ways makes.
Mark Stromer then plays an eighth-note bass line that follows the chord progression. However, it changes periodically to play the entire row an octave higher. This makes the song sound much more dynamic and colorful overall, although the rhythm and chord progression remain the same.
So this is a suitable song for beginners as it teaches you where to find the octave of certain notes. This way you don't have to sit down and memorize the fretboard, you can learn it in no time while playing a killer bass line.
7. Nirvana - Race
- Tempo:159 BPM
- Bassist:Krist Novoselic
Nirvanaracefeatures a catchy bass riff that will teach you how to playslight curves.
The main riff consists of 3 notes, an E, an F# and an A. However, they are played in a smart and funky way that creates a hard-hitting grunge riff. Krist Novoselic also adds a slight bend to the A which adds a lot of character to the riff.
The chorus is based on the same rhythm as the riff, but here Novoselic adds some additional melody and rhythmic variation. At 159 BPM, the song is one of the heaviest on the list.
Still, it's a general beginner bass tab that I recommend if you're a Nirvana fan or want to learn how to use curves in your own bass lines.
6. Queen - Under pressure
- Tempo:114 BPM
- Bassist:John Deacon
There's no denying that Under Pressure's iconic intro is one of theQueen's best bass lines.
What's great is that the main riff's simple rhythm makes it suitable for beginners. Consisting of just a D and an A, it's also a great introduction to how to use the higher bass ranges.
Aside from that, the difficulty of this song increases as you progress. Some parts keep up with the main riff but are played in a lower register. In the chorus, the bass plays eighth notes with some melodic passages.
So this song requires more practice than some of the other entries on this list.
Related reading:If you want to recreate the bass tone in studio recordings, read my article aboutJohn Deacon Basston.(Video) Nirvana - Something In The Way (Bass Cover) (Play Along Tabs In Video)
5. Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song)
- Gender:Alternative Rock
- Tempo:75 BPM
- Bassist:Matt Scharf
Except for the guitar solo and crescendo at the end, Matt Sharp sticks to a slow eighth note rhythm throughout.reversed.
In the later parts of the song, a few 16th notes and even a few 8th notes are thrown in. However, due to the slow tempo of the song, these parts can also be played by beginners.
Music is playedBass tuning half a step down. However, tuning down is optional as the low Eb is never played during the song. Therefore, the top-bottom tab is transposed to match the default mood.
4. The Offspring - Pretty bow tie for a white man
- Gender:Punk Rock
- Tempo:142 BPM
- Bassist:Gregor K
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) has a simple main riff that's as cool as it is easy to play.
The riff is undemanding due to the heavy use of quarter notes, although the song is faster than many others on this list. It also has an intuitive rhythm going down, although it's not made up of straight eighth notes.
In the chorus it gets a little more complicated. Here the bass plays various melodic fills in eighth rhythm. So this song is great for beginners looking for a groovy line that isn't just eighth notes.
3. The Smashing Pumpkins - Hoje
- Gender:Alternative Rock
- Tempo:82 BPM
- Bassist:D'arcy Wretzky
bass line by D'arcy WretzkyTodayconsists of a slow eighth-note groove that extends over 2 bars.
In the chorus, the rhythm is slightly different and also consists of a few sixteenth notes.
However, due to the slow tempo of the song, this groove is still suitable for beginners. So if you want a simple song with a deep groove that's not just eighth notes,Todayit is an appropriate choice.
2. Blink-182 - The Song of Adam
- Tempo:136 BPM
- Bassist:Markus Hoppus
Despite the sombre lyrics ofAdams Lied, can be an incredibly funny song.
The entire song is played in eighth rhythm. While the chord progression changes between verse and chorus, the rhythm and low level of difficulty remain the same.
The interlude is a little more challenging, with Mark Hoppus playing a groove that alternates between the root and fifth of the chord. This gives the song a nice change. It's also great practice since it's a pattern you'll find on many basslines.
1. U2 - With or without you
- Tempo:110 BPM
- Bassist:Adam Clayton
Few songs demonstrate the power that a simple bassline can have so wellWith you or without youby U2.
That's because the song is packed with brilliant effects and guitars, leaving plenty of room for the bass to fill out the bass. As a result, the bass also plays an important role, because without it the music would sound completely helpless.
The bass line consists of a simple 8th note groove that is repeated for most of the song. This simple bass line grounds the song and makes it sound cohesive as it builds. For this reason,With you or without youwill show you how much impact you can have as a bass player by repeating a simple 8th note groove.
What are 3 famous bass lines riffs? ›
- Money - Pink Floyd.
- Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple.
- Billie Jean - Michael Jackson.
- The Chain - Fleetwood Mac.
- Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars.
- Another One Bites The Dust - Queen.
- Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen.
- Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz.
It's just fret numbers on string lines. Bass tab can be a real aid to beginners before they have learned to read standard music notation or have learned the note names on the fretboard. And, it can be helpful to show complicated fingerings alongside standard notation. You should be at least familiar with bass tab.How do you read bass tabs for beginners? ›
Bass guitar tabs feature four horizontal lines, like in the example above, that represent each of your strings. The line at the very bottom represents your low E string, while the line at the top represents your G string. The numbers on the lines represent what fret to play.What beginners should practice bass? ›
The first centerpiece of your practice regimen should be skills practice—the scales, arpeggios, melodic patterns, chord progressions, and the like, that constitute the foundation of our bass playing. Much of this material will be suggested by your teacher. This practice needs to be intense and ever improving.What should beginner bass players learn? ›
- Rhythm is the most important thing. Again, bass playing is all about rhythm. ...
- Follow the kick. The bass follows the kick drum. ...
- Learn basic bass scales. ...
- Don't strangle the neck. ...
- Use a light touch. ...
- Cut your nails. ...
- Learn how to read tabs. ...
- Play along with your favorite songs.
- Uptown Funk. This bass line is played with an octave pedal and features a repetitive groove (common to funk).
- Play That Funky Music. In the classic funk key of E Minor.
- Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
- Chameleon. ...
- Fire. ...
- Pick Up The Pieces.
- Get Up Offa That Thing. ...
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin.
- Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple.
- Iron Man – Black Sabbath.
- Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes.
- Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana.
- Wonderwall – Oasis.
- Sweet Child O' Mine – Guns N' Roses.
- “Super Bounce” – Duckwrth. DUCKWRTH - Super Bounce (Audio) ft. ...
- “Starboy” – The Weeknd. ...
- “What's the Use?” – Mac Miller. ...
- “Fly Away” – Flatbush Zombies. ...
- “By the Ton” – Meshuggah. ...
- “Heart of the Sunrise” – Yes. ...
- “Of Reality – Palingenesis” – Tesseract. ...
- “New Born” – Muse.
In text-based TAB, sometimes a number is given after the 'b' to tell us what pitch to bend up to. So 7b9 means to bend the 7th fret note up until it sounds like the 9th fret pitch. Some older text-based Bass TAB found online use the symbol ^ to represent a bend (eg: 7^9 is the same as 7b9)How do you memorize bass notes? ›
- Learn one note at a time. Pick a note and try to find where that note is on each string. ...
- Memorize various intervals. ...
- Call out the notes as you play them when you play any exercises. ...
- Run through the notes of the scale mentally sporadically throughout the day.
How do you remember bass notes? ›
To learn the lines of the bass clef, the awkward mnemonic “Good Boys Do Fine Always” is typically used, with the first letter of each word indicating the notes on that line (bottom to top: G, B, D, F, A). For the spaces, the mnemonic “All Cows Eat Grass” is used.Can bass be self taught? ›
While an experienced instructor can help tremendously, it is possible to teach yourself to play bass guitar. Take some time to get used to the instrument, even if you already know how to play guitar. Have patience, and recognize that learning a new instrument will take time and effort.Is bass harder to master than guitar? ›
Playing the bass requires a different knowledge base and skill set, so to speak. So no, the bass isn't necessarily easier to play than the electric guitar. If you can't play the guitar, then just play bass. This is somewhat connected to the myth above.Is it too late for me to learn bass? ›
Is it ever too late to learn the bass guitar? It's never too late to start playing the bass guitar. While bassists can start as young as age 7, students can start learning to play at any age. So, as long as you're able to handle the physical and mental requirements, the best age to learn is your age.How many hours should I practice bass? ›
If you are more serious about playing the bass, 2-3 hours a day would be a good amount of practice time. And, if you want to be really good you might practice as much as 6-8 hours a day.What is the best age to learn bass? ›
We typically recommend starting bass around age eight or nine, compared to six or seven for guitar. This later age is suggested because the bass has heavier strings and a longer neck, making it difficult for younger students.Should a beginner start with 4 or 5 string bass? ›
If you're a beginner , go with a four string bass guitar. They're a lot easier to play, which means you'll have a lot less frustrating learning process. Choose a bass guitar that is fretted, because playing a fretless bass guitar is incredibly challenging and isn't suggested if you're a beginner .Is bass beginner friendly? ›
The electric bass guitar is great for funk, rock, and soul music. This is considered an easy option to learn because it's smaller than the acoustic guitar, and the sounds are amplified. Electric bass guitars are typically a better choice for beginners, especially during the learning phase.Is bass the easiest to learn? ›
The bass is one of the most advanced instruments to learn. You'll need to know less than an hour about a piano, guitar, or drums to become a band member. In contrast to pianists and guitarists, who frequently play chords of three notes at once, bassists play root notes one at a time.What song has the best bass riff? ›
- Chic - Good Times.
- James Brown - Sex Machine. ...
- Stanley Clarke - School Days. ...
- The Stranglers - Peaches. ...
- Pink Floyd - Money. ...
- Led Zeppelin - Ramble On. ...
Who is the best bass of all time? ›
- 8: Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone) ...
- 7: James Jamerson (The Funk Brothers) ...
- 6: John Entwistle (The Who) ...
- 5: Chris Squire (Yes) ...
- 4: Stanley Clarke. ...
- 3: Carol Kaye. ...
- 2: Paul McCartney. ...
- 1: Jaco Pastorius.
Whatever it is, modern hip-hop is dominated by 808s. We use the term loosely, but 808s reference the historic long bass drum sound first made popular by Roland's TR-808 drum machine. In today's production world, it's hard to find a big hip-hop hit without an 808 or sub bass.What is a bass riff called? ›
Basslines in popular music often use "riffs" or "grooves", which are usually simple, appealing musical motifs or phrases that are repeated, with variation, throughout the song. "The bass differs from other voices because of the particular role it plays in supporting and defining harmonic motion.What riff is banned? ›
Much like “He-who-must-not-be-named,” from Harry Potter, the opening riff of Stairway to Heaven is considered forbidden among people who are so against the song that they cannot even bear to hear it played. The reason for this popular nickname could come from a number of sources, which we will explore below.What is 035 in guitar? ›
Its the guitar tab for the start of smoke on the water. Its a meme in the guitar community because its one of the first songs alot of begginer guitarists learn.What is the heaviest bass? ›
The world record bass was 22 pounds and 4 ounces. That world record has held up for 8 decades!What's the hardest hitting bass song? ›
- The MottoTiësto, Ava Max.
- Hush Hush (Don't Be Shy)Anthony Keyrouz, ZANA.
- Alors On Danse - DubDogz RemixStromae, Dubdogz.
- TornBoostereo, i-La.
- Sweet DreamsAlan Walker, Imanbek.
- Heat WavesCrystal Rock, Steve Kroeger, LØU, Citycreed.
- The BusinessTiësto.
- #10 - The Beatles - Come Together. ...
- #8 - Graham Central Station - Hair. ...
- #7 - Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion. ...
- #6 - Chic - Everybody Dance. ...
- #5 - Queen - Another One Bites The Dust. ...
- #4 - Michael Jackson - Billie Jean. ...
- #3 - Green Day - Longview. ...
- #2 - Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Around The World.
If you're a beginner , go with a four string bass guitar. They're a lot easier to play, which means you'll have a lot less frustrating learning process. Choose a bass guitar that is fretted, because playing a fretless bass guitar is incredibly challenging and isn't suggested if you're a beginner .What songs should I play on bass? ›
- American Girl.
- Billie Jean.
- Black Dog.
- Blister In The Sun.
- Blitzkrieg Bop.
- Born Under A Bad Sign.
- The Chain.
- Come As You Are.
Is bass just easier guitar? ›
So no, the bass isn't necessarily easier to play than the electric guitar. If you can't play the guitar, then just play bass. This is somewhat connected to the myth above. While there are some bass players who transitioned from guitar to bass, that doesn't mean they failed as guitar players.What is the most famous bass line ever? ›
- Peaches – The Stranglers. ...
- Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie. ...
- Come Together – The Beatles. ...
- Money – Pink Floyd. ...
- Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)- Sly and the Family Stone. ...
- Schism – Tool. ...
- Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division. ...
- Around the World – Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Jawns. 8,963 listeners. ...
- Dana Fletcher. 4 listeners. ...
- Blame ft. Camilla Marie. ...
- Dirty Dubsters. 2,976 listeners. ...
- The Captain. 2,717 listeners. ...
- The Neft. 2,477 listeners. ...
- SubVibe & Tide. 1,051 listeners. ...
- Compadre. 952 listeners.
Simply put, there is nothing wrong with using a pick to play the bass. Sure, it can make executing certain lines and passages easier, and you'll potentially be a lot faster with a pick vs. using your fingers, but is it cheating to play bass with a pick? Absolutely not.Why use flatwound bass strings? ›
Flatwound strings have reduced high end, giving them more emphasis on mids and lows. Bassists playing rock, punk, and pop styles often choose roundwounds for their enhanced presence in a busy mix. For reggae, R&B, and jazz, the smoother, warmer sound of flatwounds is often more appropriate.Which bass strings are easiest on the fingers? ›
Another, albeit seldom seen, option are tapewound bass strings, which are made with a layer of nylon wrapped around the metal winding wire (which can be either round or flat). They're easy on the fingers and they produce a softer, darker sound usually considered the closest thing to upright bass sound and feel.