Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Stone Cold Bush’

‘Stone Cold Bush’ is from Mother’s Milk, the fourth album from Red Hot Chili Peppers. Released in 1989, the album gave the band three hit singles: ‘Higher Ground’, ‘Knock Me Down’ and ‘Taste the Pain’. It was this track however that had the bass players hooked: Flea is on top form throughout, combining tight fingerstyle […]

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Stevie Wonder – ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ (LIVE)

‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ is a classic Stevie Wonder track, one that is still played live to this day. The original version was recorded at Motown back in 1970, with session bassist Bob Babbitt holding down the low end. This live version – taken from Stevie’s live album Natural Wonder – has Nate Watts […]

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Aretha Franklin – ‘Respect’

‘Respect’ was originally written and recorded by soul singer Otis Redding, who had a hit with the song in 1965. It was then recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1967 (with some changes to the lyrics) and became a hit song for her as well. Aretha’s version – the subject of this course – features a […]

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Herbie Hancock – ‘Watermelon Man’

‘Watermelon Man’ is one of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock’s best-known compositions. Originally written for his 1962 Takin’ Off album, it was revisited in 1973 by Herbie and his jazz-funk group The Headhunters for the album of the same name. This version of the song – covered in this course – features an inventive bass part […]

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Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’

‘Don’t Start Now’ is a disco/funk song from English singer Dua Lipa’s second album, Future Nostalgia. It was a big hit when released as a single in October 2019 and has since become a staple in many cover band sets. Although it has a live feel, the bassline for this song was programmed by producer […]

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Lizzo – ‘About Damn Time’

‘About Damn Time’ is a song from Lizzo’s fourth album, Special. Featuring an inventive bass part that is dominant in the mix, the song was a worldwide hit when it was released as a single in April 2022. The bassline on this song was performed by producer/bassist/singer/songwriter Eric Burton Frederic (under the name Ricky Reed), […]

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The Blues Brothers – ‘She Caught the Katy’

‘She Caught the Katy’ is an old blues song written by Taj Mahal and James Rachell. It has been covered by many different artists, but the best-known version is probably this one, which comes from the soundtrack to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. This song features Stax legend Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn on bass and […]

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Level 42 – ‘Running in the Family’

‘Running in the Family’ was one of Level 42’s biggest hits, reaching #6 in the UK charts in February 1986. The song features a relatively simple slap bass part from Mark King, but it’s a line with several hidden treasures: fretting hand slaps, sixteenth note-based licks and major/minor tenths are all put to use here, […]

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Stevie Wonder ‘Sir Duke’

‘Sir Duke’ is one of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits and was recorded for his 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life. The song was written as a tribute to jazz musician Duke Ellington, although the lyrics also contain references to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  The bassline for this […]

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Pleasure – ‘Glide’

‘Glide’ was the biggest hit for American jazz-funk group Pleasure. Released in 1979, the song was written by bassist Nathaniel Phillips, and reached #10 on the Best Selling Soul Singles Chart. Featuring a fantastic, slapped bass part, the song has continued to find popularity with bass players over the past forty years. Be sure to […]

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