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Electric Bass Lessons: Descending F Minor Scale

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So here's another iconic bass part.
Everybody's heard it, and the entire song
starts with a descending F-minor scale.
But the way it's played, before you hear,
before you hear five notes, you know what
the song is.
Again, this is in the key of F,
and this song was recorded by one of my
all time favorite bass players.
One of the most influential bass players
of all time, and
I'll give you a clue as to who it might
It's a man that recorded for Motown
And well I'll just give you four notes,
but it starts on the F.
by that time you already know what the
song is.
And one
of the cool things about the tone of the
song is that, that the F actually stays-
We, we hold the F as, as we play the other
it would just simply sound like this.
Which is what was played, but
this gives you the sound of the song.
And on our version,
at the end I got a little bit crazy,
started doing some little solo fills in
between the baseline trying to keep the
line going and giving you some fills.
So just check this out as a study of what
a great man,
a great bass player once recorded, back in
the day for Motown Records.
1, 2, 3.