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10 Bass Guitarists You Should Check Out:

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1. John Entwistle (The Who)—Nicknamed “The Ox”, Entwhistle was also often called “Thunderfingers” from the speed at which his fingers moved across the fretboard.

Bass lines to jam out: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Boris The Spider”

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2. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)—Playing rhythm guitar in the Beatles before moving over to bass, McCartney looked up to Beach Boy Brian Wilson & Motown bass guitarist James Jamerson as primary influences on his melodic playing style.

Bass lines to jam out: “Paperback Writer”, “Rain”

 

3. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)—In a list of “The 20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists” published in Paste magazine, Jones was ranked first.

Bass lines to jam out: “Ramble On”, “Black Dog”

 

4. Bernard Edwards (Chic)—Edwards’ bass line for Chic’s song “Good Times” was not only sampled for The Sugarhill Gang’s early rap song “Rapper’s Delight”, but was a huge inspiration for Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”.

Bass lines to jam out: “Good Times”, “We Are Family” (Sister Sledge)

 

5. Jaco Pastorius—Most identified with a fretless 1962 Fender Jazz Bass nicknamed “The Bass Of Doom”, Jaco’s trademark bass is currently owned by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo.

Bass lines to jam out: “The Chicken”, “Coyote (Joni Mitchell)

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6. Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones)—Wyman’s unique, almost vertical way of holding the bass was mostly created because he always felt his hands looked small.

Bass lines to jam out: “Paint It Black”, “Street Fighting Man”

 

7. Stanley Clarke—Known for a percussive playing style inspired by Larry Graham, right-handed Clarke also owns a left-handed bass, given to him as a gift by fan Paul McCartney.

Bass lines to jam out: “School Days” “The Magician” (Return To Forever)

 

8. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)— Originally a trumpet player, Flea took up bass in high school & his initial playing style was an aggressive one inspired by his discovery of punk rock.

Bass lines to jam out: “Under The Bridge”, “Aeroplane”

 

9. Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)—Graham developed his signature percussive “slapping” style to make up for the absence of a drummer in a childhood band.

Bass lines to jam out: “Thank You”, “I Want To Take You Higher”

 

10. John Taylor (Duran Duran)—Taylor started out as a guitarist in Duran Duran, but changed over to bass after discovering music of Chic & their bass player Bernard Edwards.

Bass lines to jam out: “Planet Earth”, “Rio”

 


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