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Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:33 am

What do you guys cover on bass and vocal at the same time?

Looking for suggestions on some easy tunes,
so no Rush or Police, please.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby BigDaveOnBass » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:39 pm

Anything with a lot of straight eighth notes, like ZZ Top or CCR, or anything with a straight or walking shuffle beat.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby harleyyy » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:19 pm

I'm learning "Change It" by SRV, and having a good time with it. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

I also sing "Blood And Roses" by the Smithereens, it proved real easy for me. PF's "Wish You Were Here" is an easy one for the bass player.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby SonicBlueJoe » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:42 pm

GonzoBass wrote:What do you guys cover on bass and vocal at the same time?


As you noted in another thread, "Rocky Mountain Way" is an easy one. Popped my lead vocal cherry on that one.

We're a blues/rock band. When I started with this band 5+ years ago, I could barely sing backup. With practice, anything is possible, but I still tend to stick to songs with pretty simple/repetitive bass lines, and also try to avoid the "story" songs (eg.- Dylan) so its fairly easy for my prone to senior moments brain to remember the words. I'm actually to the point of wanting to take voice lessons, and contacted a local instructor just the other day. My 10 year old daughter and I are signing up for together (she has way more God given ability than me). Should be loads of fun!

I also sing lead on:

Ball and a Biscuit- White Stripes
Goin Down South - North Mississippi Allstars
Wang Dan Doodle- Howlin Wolf
Next Time you See Me - Junior Parker
West LA Fadeaway- Grateful Dead
Don't Ease Me In - Grateful Dead
Let Yourself Go - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I'd Love to Be a Hippy - Champion Jack Dupree
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
Me and My Uncle - John Phillips
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:34 pm

SonicBlueJoe wrote:As you noted in another thread, "Rocky Mountain Way" is an easy one.

Yes, that was what inspired this thread.
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Goin' Down
Tush
Takin' Care of Business
Wild Thing
Old Time R&R
New Sensation
Sweet Home Alabama
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Sharp Dressed Man
Fire (Jimi's)
Mustang Sally (I know, I know...)

I tried Runnin' Down a Dream
Although the lyrics fit nicely with the line,
Tom Petty's voice is signature and hard for me to cop.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby ReneGiust » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:43 am

Easy? Hmm...

There's stuff on your list already that I would consider hard (Fire, Sweet Home to name a couple).

Obviously, straight eighths will be easiest to play while you concentrate on singing. I usually simplify the bass part while I concentrate on the singing. The groove usually suffers a bit, but anyway...

These are the easier ones on my list that I sing while playing bass:

Long Cool Woman
Satisfaction
Hurts So Good
Long Time - Boston
Rolling in the Deep - Adele (key of F#)
Drift Away
Can't Buy Me Love
Cover of the Rolling Stone
Dirty Deeds
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Want You to Want Me
Don't Stop Believin' (Key of C)
Tupelo Honey

...some that are slightly harder:

Money - Pink Floyd
Billie Jean (keeping that groove while singing is tricky)
Jessie's Girl (not too hard actually)
Pour Some Sugar on Me (singing it is harder than playing it)
Baby I Need Your Loving (new to me, need more reps, and I want to change the key)
Listen to the Music - Doobies (challenging to sing and play for me)
My Girl
Heartache Tonight (actually harder to sing than play)
Ob La Di (took a while to get this down)
Joker (still tricky for me)
Never Been Any Reason (just takes practice)
Life is a Highway (tricky groove to maintain while singing)


Bottom line...it just takes practice. Just like everything else, start slow and work up to tempo. Choose target bass notes that correlate with vocal notes/words/syllables/vowels. You'd be surprised what you can pull off with some patient persistence. (Ha, isn't that true with everything in life? I should take my own advice more often).

I read a Geddy Lee interview where they asked him how he can sing while playing those bass lines. His response was inspiring. He essentially said he has to work his ass off to get it down and it takes many weeks of painstaking practice. I felt so much better after reading that.

For what I do, it's always more important to focus on the singing. Always.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby MickeyOne » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Sunshine of Your Love-Cream
Breakdown-Tom Petty
Rock Me Baby-BB King
VERY easy
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby aussiemark » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:06 pm

Route 66
Walking The Dog
Red House
Hoochie Coochie Man
Little Red Rooster
Lucille
I'm Ready
Strange Brew
Killing Floor
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby Mike Childree » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:35 am

A few I sing:

Shaky Ground - Temptations
Gimme Back My Wig - Hound Dog Taylor
Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos
Human Cannonball - Webb Wilder
Several old ZZ Top tunes
Don't Go No Further - Willie Dixon
The Weight - The Band
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Blood and Roses - Smithereens (me too Pete)
Reelin In The Years - Steely Dan
Domino - Van Morrison

In general, I find most any blues-based tune fairly easy to sing over because the patterns and progressions have become second nature.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby harleyyy » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:12 am

Mike Childree wrote:
Blood and Roses - Smithereens (me too Pete)



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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby Jerry » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:52 pm

Mike Childree wrote:Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos


I love that song! What a houserocker, but never been able to get that on a setlist over the years. I don't sing and that's a good thing, but if I did, that song would be on my setlist in a heartbeat. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby Floyd Eye » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:50 pm

Let's Go by The Cars. Not easy but totally bad ass.

Ramblin' Gamblin' Man by Bob Seger. Easy and totally bad ass.

Plush by STP. It's tough.

Creep by STP. It's easy.

I Got a Girl by Tripping Daisy.

Shove It by Deftones. Very tough.

Just a few off the top of my head. I assume this is singing and playing bass at the same time. The list for guitar would be much longer. It's way easier (IMO) to play guitar and sing than it is ti play bass and sing.
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby hoytbasses » Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:16 am

I don't know how my brain works..... the world's most autopilot song, Mustang Sally, I stutter my bass part on...

then theres songs with a bass part all over the place, Like Pretzel Logic and Don't take me alive' from steely dan, and I can kill those bass lines while singing....

never been able to figure it out... I just learn the bass part, then try and sing over it.. sometimes it takes, sometimes not.

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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby aussiemark » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:09 pm

Floyd Eye wrote:Let's Go by The Cars. Not easy but totally bad ass.


Just What I Needed is another Cars song that isn't too hard to sing and play bass at the same time
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Re: Songs You Can Sing & Play

Postby Floyd Eye » Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:13 pm

aussiemark wrote:
Floyd Eye wrote:Let's Go by The Cars. Not easy but totally bad ass.


Just What I Needed is another Cars song that isn't too hard to sing and play bass at the same time


And it's a great song.
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