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Timmy & the Lords of the Underworld      "Why Don't We Have Any Reach for the Skylar" Karmeleaux
Ah, a simpler time where Viacom didn't resent Rock Band.

The verses alternates between an empty bar and two short scales up the fretboard, the first scale ending with a single green pull-off with the second having one hammer-on blue and orange before pulling off to green.

The choruses are straight eighths mostly, though each time it switches frets it does so with a hammer-on and momentary pause which keeps it fresh. The fourth repetition also has a small fill.

Finally, the bridge is mostly focused on bass chords. This is refreshing but not really noteworthy outside of its concept.

There's also a few sustains before the BRE, but they're barely worth mentioning so I barely invested in mentioning them.

It comes out to an interesting chart overall, but not really remarkable enough to pull in people unfamiliar with it. But being a novelty song, most people who are interested in it wouldn't even care about the chart to begin with so I guess moot point.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 3:03am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Possum Kingdom      "Playing Possum" Karmeleaux
Now, like Away's bridge, this has an interesting rhythm, but it's throughout the song. Every fourth bar is 2/4. But every eighth bar is 4/4. What this means, in general, the bass comes out to looking something like:

G G R Y G G R Y G G R Y B B G G R Y G G R Y G G R Y B B B B

It's fairly interesting in feel. But that part I just said? It's the majority of the song on bass. It's missing the R and Y for the non-shouty parts, too.

The two other rhythms are a slow scale at the end of the chorus, and a straight eighths affair with a short hammer-on fill when it loops back to the beginning for the bridge.

It's not awful, and the unusual structure of the song helps keep it a bit fresh, but it's the least interesting instrument of the song to feel it on and in the end an unsatisfying bass part to play, even to fans.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 2:42am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Away      "And I Confess It Flounders" Karmeleaux
Man, the guitar part to this song has stuck with me since I first heard it long ago in the nineties, it's just so abrasive it's sticks in there. But this is a bass review.

And there's not much positive to say. The verses are decent, mostly three eighths - one green and the other two of another color. There's a small fill to hook back in on the fourth repetition, but it's played the same way each time.

The verse rhythm is decent. But it's also the best part of the song. The pre-chorus and chorus are both straight eighths with the pre-chorus containing only a short HO/PO chain and the chorus containing nothing to write home about.

The bridge is also straight eighths, but it at least has some slow scales and is SOMEWHAT engaging just for how that part of the song is structured. The first measure is 6/4, the next two are 4/4, structured in the way the extra 2/4 hooks in at the end of the 6/4 part. It's a fairly interesting part, but it doesn't really translate to an interesting bass chart here.

Ultimately, it comes out a below average experience.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 2:28am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Tyler      "You Will Be Playing These Two Parts Tonight" Karmeleaux
One of those unfortunate situations where a really prominent bass part (or really any part) ends up coming out to an average gameplay experience overall.

The verse rhythm is fun enough if a bit disappointing, as it has a really prominent slide that's just charted as a single HO/PO. I mean, it had to be to accurately fit everything else in, and still has a quicker HO/PO and decent fret movement, but it's not much to write home about AND it's most of what you're playing.

The chorus is actually really fun, slow scales, short HO/POs up and down the frets, just a bunch of simple yet fun techniques. Probably a four-star part by itself.

But it's not by itself. There's also a drum break in this song, where you play one sustain then nothing. Then the outro is still the verse rhythm.

It's by no means bad and that chorus rhythm is pretty fun, but the verse rhythm gets noticeably repetitive by the end and the chorus can't alleviate that enough for people unfamiliar with the song.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 2:14am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Free Fallin'      "It's An Okay Bass, Loves Its Bass Chords" Karmeleaux
Don't let that one-dot fool you, this bass has some tricks up its sleeve.

Foremost and foremost, most of the verses is focused around short HO/PO fills into sustains. These fills aren't always the same and some even trail off the sustain as slides into the next, leading to a decently fun verse rhythm. There's a few alternate verse rhythms, but most of them are unremarkable in playstyle and only decent for a change.

By now from my reviews you've probably been trained to be skeptical of chorus rhythms, but this is a weird and pleasant surprise - it's based around bass chord sustains, with short and simple rhythms between them. The strum pattern slightly changes on this routinely, and it's got a few HO/PO fills in there at times, it's a nice pleasant surprise.

But well, it's four and a half minutes. The verse is decent but never really sticks around to wear you out. But the chorus rhythm starts to get old towards the end of the song after playing it so many times in a row. In addition, it's a slower song, which may drive away others. But fans of the song will surely find some fun surprises if they play it.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 1:59am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Refugee (Live)      "Remember When I Tried To Describe Charts In The Title?" Karmeleaux
Mm, a really high four-star. Just short of the coveted five-star. One more rhythm and it would have been there. As it is, it's pretty dang fun, but it's not the universal.

The intro/chorus rhythm is pretty fun, with it focused on the standard short fill into sustains. It gets bonus points for having a short scale in there, and in fact changes after the first chorus to include part of the verse rhythm, which is an unusual and interesting decision.

The verse moves around the fretboard at a decent speed, containing a short scale up the fretboard and a slide down it. It's a pretty fun rhythm, and although it's the basis for the rhythm during the guitar solos, it variates on strum pattern and a few short fills to stay interesting during those.

The problem, as before in Mary Jane's Last Dance, is that there's largely two rhythms for five and a half minutes, and Mary Jane's Last Dance rhythms are more varied throughout the song. This song combats this with having a short bridge of four different short fills into sustains, which is something different, at least.

As I said, the verse rhythm is also the rhythm during the solos. And it includes variations that are fun. But I'd be remissed if I didn't mention the bass variation at the very end (before the BRE), which is so much fun and such a variation it actually took me a bit to figure it out it was still based on the same rhythm.

Pretty fun song overall, especially the last part. But like Mary Jane's Last Dance, it's too reliant on the same old rhythms for too long a time to be universally appealing, sadly for it.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 1:11am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Mary Jane's Last Dance (Live)      "A Fairly Fun Dance" Karmeleaux
Huh, it's kinda surprising I didn't hit the more well-known Tom Petty songs my last run through here. Well, the past's loss is the future's gain, as the totally real saying goes.

So, this is a pretty fun bass part. The verse is based around the old 'short fill into a short sustain' that I'll mention in many of my reviews. But it gets special mention in that most of these scales involve a short HO/PO chain in there somewhere.

The chorus is based a bit more prominently around the sustains with weaker fills leading into most of them, though the fourth repetition has slightly more intricate fills.

So this is pretty fun, and to make it better, there's routinely variations in the structure or placement of the fills. Both rhythms are pretty fun.

But they're the only rhythms for six minutes. They never really wear out their welcome, mind, it's a pretty fun song through and through, but that unfortunately is a caveat going in. Still, both rhythms are fun and varied, and it's worth a look if you enjoy bass.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.14.13 12:51am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
867-5309/Jenny      "If You Get This One Rhythm, You've Got This Chart's Number" Karmeleaux
Hey, this is a pretty fun bass rhythm for the verse. It follows the rhythm guitar (the chords), which means song decent fret movement and a short scale. It's pretty fun.

The pre-chorus is not as much fun, quarter notes on green with short fills before returning to that. Luckily, it's very shortly before we get to the chorus.

Which is the same as the verse rhythm. Now to be fair, this shared rhythm has some minor variations throughout the song, the most notable one being where it fills every blank spot with a note, equating to an interesting strum pattern change.

The bridge is sustains with a few short fills in there, then it's back to the verse/chorus rhythm for the guitar solo.

So it comes out to average. The rhythm is fun, but it's most of what you're playing. There's enough changes in there to make it passable overall, but it's not going to pull in anyone on its own merits.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:41pm 0 Replies | Reply +2 Relevance
Rosanna      "It'll Meet You Somewhere" Karmeleaux
I guess this is a middling three-star, with some two-star stuff in there and a four-star ending.

The verses are very focused on the red note, including a sustain. After a few repetitions there's a short HO/PO chain, and as time goes on the rhythm gains a bit more, but the damage has been done by earlier iterations.

The pre-chorus is decent. It's straight eighths for a bit, then switching to playing on cue with the rest of the band. It's not bad, but it's fairly unremarkable.

The chorus is fun enough, mostly due to having a fun short HO/PO chain.

The instrumental break, or more accurately the section with the keyboard and guitar solos, is less fun. It's not awful and has a few short HO/PO chains in there, but it's clear bass isn't the focus here.

Finally, the outro. It's a modified version of the verse rhythm, in that you play three red notes, but instead of a sustain, you do a simple fill each time you get there, with some having one or two short HO/PO chains. It's pretty fun, but well getting here is the problem.

It's six minutes, and the outro is one-minute. The rest of it has some enjoyable stuff, but not enough to draw in people who don't enjoy the song on some other level, I feel.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:39pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Drops of Jupiter      "It's No Love, Pride, OR Deep-Fried Chicken" Karmeleaux
It's a pretty fun slow paced bass part though. I was ready to hate it but it's got a lot to love in it.

When finally bass comes in, it's sustains for a bit. Then silence. Then sustains again, but these have fills into them, at least. Slowly, imperceptively, the fills become more prominent while the sustains become less so, leading to slow but fun movement and strum patterns. It's even got a few things in there one would not expect, some delayed hammer-ons that require better timing than usual, some short HO/PO chains, and a single lonely bass chord.

Ultimately it's got a lot of things going for it, in the end. But there's a few places where you're playing nothing, and then other places where it's heavily focused on sustains. If you can tolerate that in order for some slow but fun bass, it's worth a look, but even at its best it's not outstanding to play, if only due to the speed of the song.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:36pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Dragonfly (Symbion Project Remix)      "Save Only The Chorus" Karmeleaux
Can I just start out by saying I love Melissa Kaplan's voice? Such a bummer Splashdown had issues with their label, think a song of theirs would have been amazing as a Harmonix song in RB1/2/RBN.

Anyway. As far as I know, Universal Hall Pass is Melissa Kaplan's solo project, and although this was remixed by Symbion Project, it's still not a great showing for a band. It is especially evident during the verses on bass, which are just Y B B G G then a ton of dead space before the next repetition.

The chorus actually moves around the fretboard a decent amount has a few HO/POs, it's actually decent fun. But on the flipside, there's sustains and more dead space later.

Overall it's simple and kinda empty. It's got some engaging parts and nothing's downright tedious, but this bass chart definitely won't draw in any unfamiliar with the song.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:30pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Fragments      "You May Not Love It Now, But Wait For The Ending" Karmeleaux
Much like A Death, this song is more focused on switching the strum pattern then any real notable movement. The straight eighth section wears out a bit quicker because it's not doing as many variations as A Death.

But then, at the end, HO/PO heaven. The end is easily a five-star part, it's SO much fun and it's so hard to describe. I'll do one just to give you an idea gbyb, but it does that four times total before moving it up a fret, then having different versions after that. The general structure is lowest note-highest note-lower note-highest note, but you'll be using different fingers in different configurations depending on which set it's in.

While the beginning is nothing special, the ending is such a blast, I feel like I have to bump it up to a weak four-star to ensure people at least give it a look. Check it out, guys (it's a buck).

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:26pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
A Death      "A Death? an Unkindness? Don't Be Such A Debbie Downer" Karmeleaux
Mm, this is a weird one to me. There's really not much unique movement fretwise, instead it focuses on having the rhythms vary on strum patterns. Unfortunately this means straight eighths and sustains are both focused on at one point, but there's also some more unique ones in there. And bass chords, though they're mostly in straight eighth sections.

I don't think there's really much more to say. It's a simple chart for the most part, but the changes kept me engaged overall. A weak three-star, but hey, it's a buck.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:23pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Seven      "You'll-ll-ll, Play This Note Until You Die-ie-ieee" Karmeleaux
Do you like slowly double-strumming? Have you wanted to do it for three minutes? Were you, perhaps afraid to choose a song with too much movement, and you really just mostly want to double-strum yellow? Well, if so, here's your song.

If not, that's not an entirely fair summary of the song. There's some changes in strum pattern (probably where the bass herself got tired), there's some transition notes between switches, the pre-chorus is mostly sustains on blue, and there's even a slow scale into the chorus.

But the fact of the matter is none of that really matters, because this song is mostly double-strumming mostly on yellow. I mean, it moves to double-strumming red and green sometimes and there's even a double-strumming orange in the pre-chorus, and the last chorus is all sustains, but double-strumming on yellow is the bread and butter of this song otherwise.

So yeah.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:18pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Turning Japanese      "What the Heck is a Cyclone Ranger Anyway" Karmeleaux
Well, this is punk(esque), so it's fairly fast. However, it's a very atypical bass part for a punk song outside of its speed, the verse rhythm alternates between two measures of G R O and G G R movements, before switching to sustains and straight eighths on a fret like we'd expect. This rhythm is pretty fun, but it might overstay its welcome for many.

The chorus is what is to be expected, for the most part. Straight eighths, a small little fill, and then straight eighths on another fret. The fills are fun and at times the song changes the strumming pattern, so it gets more points than most straight eighth basses.

During the last verse, it switches to a R B O B repeated movement (though it moves a fret lower after four repetitions), which if nothing else is a change.

The bridge starts off with just green sustains, but it eventually begins to move the sustains around and has a short scale or two in there.

Finally, during and after the guitar solo, the chorus rhythm grows slow scale movement in its straight eighths.

Everything's decent fun in the song, but there's nothing outstanding and the speed may be a detriment to many.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:13pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Promised Land      "Just Like The Real Thing" Karmeleaux
A promotional hair metal songs that plays just like a real one, for all the pro and cons that involves.

Red sustains or straight eighths for the intro don't set one's expectations high. But the verses are a surprise, they follow the guitar, leading to some pretty fun movement around the fretboard, including a slow scale up to green every fourth repetition. It's definitely fun, but.

The chorus is largely standard bass fare, mostly straight eighths with a transition note between switching frets. And it's hair metal, so the song is like 40% chorus. There's a few flourishes, but it's not going to really save this part.

The instrumental bridge is even worst, being all sustains on bass while guitar and drums are having some fun.

It gets three-stars in total thanks to the verse and flourishes, but of course it's a free song (and disappearing soon!) so it's probably not bad to look into if you play another instrument as well.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:10pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Outtathaway!      "Chorus Get Outtathaway" Karmeleaux
Wow. This song has an incredibly fun verse rhythm, probably a five-star part. It's hard to describe, there's some scales, there's some short HO/POs, great movement, a great time.

But the chorus is your standard straight eighth note affair, unfortunately. The guitar solo is eighths as well, though it moves around better and throws in a strum pattern change or two. Worse yet, the bridge is double-strumming sixteenths for a length of time. There's a short HO/PO chain in here, but it's pretty average overall.

Despite the strong showing of the verse rhythm, I was leaning towards a high three-star because the rest did not impress. Luckily, the rhythm changes one more time in the final chorus, and it's a hoot as well. It's a slow scale around the fretboard with a HO/PO of the next color leading into the next two strummed notes, it's another one that it's about a five-star rhythm in fun.

Overall, it's a pretty fun bass part, though the fun has peaks and valleys instead as being as consistent as Ride. As such, I personally recommend Ride over it, but this is still very strong.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:04pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Ride      "Quite a Ride" Karmeleaux
This is a toughie to place. It's got a whopping four(!) rhythms which are all fun, but at the same time there's nothing that makes you go 'now we're cooking with petrol.' I'll err to a high four-star, but it might push into five-star territory.

The song starts with red sustains during the build-up which doesn't set one's expectations high, but it's very quickly replaced by the verse rhythm so I didn't even count that part in my total. The verse itself involves a slow scale up the fretboard twice, as well as a few other fun moments and a repeated hammer-on.

The chorus is interesting, as there's multiple quick hammer-ons representing slides in there. In addition, there's a fair amount of movement.

The bridge is a different kind of slow scale from the verse but equally fun, and surprisingly, the guitar solo holds a different rhythm for bass. It's probably the simplest in that it's just a repeated slow scale from blue to green, but it's still fun.

It all comes together well and has a few flourishes, but while it's undeniably fun, I don't think it's undeniably outstanding. I recommend looking at it, though.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 9:02pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Spill the Wine      "I'll Spill My Whine" Karmeleaux
So, like many two-star reviews, this song is a mixture of a one-star and three-star parts.

This song only has two rhythms, a verse and a chorus. The verse is largely focused on short sustains of a single fret, a fret of a different color for transition, then sustains of a different color. It VERY RARELY has a flourish involving doublestrumming the transition note followed by a pull-off, and in the last verse, it adds another transition note.

The chorus rhythm is first used as the intro, actually, and is very similar to the verse, just on different frets. When the first chorus actually comes around, it grows an enjoyable hammer-on fill (GryYb) and has occasional strum changes.

But the song's five minutes, neither rhythm is that engaging, and they're too similar for it to be a passable experience for the entirety of that time. It's got a fun repeated fill in there, sure, but otherwise it'd probably be a one-star.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 8:57pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Hash Pipe      "Come On and Change Please" Karmeleaux
G G Y B G G Y B G G Y B G G Ybo

You'll see that a lot. But despite that drone during the verse (which is by no mean not fun, but it does get repetitive quicker than most other Weezer verses), it's got pleasant surprises, the first among them being bass chords into the pre-chorus. This section also ends with a short HO/PO chain and scale going into the chorus, which isn't always the same.

The chorus, though, is a standard Weezer affair, largely straight eighths on various frets. It's got two tricks that make it notable among Weezer basses, though - the first is the strum pattern OCCASIONALLY switches, and the second is the bass chord reappear for part of this.

Like Island in the Sun, this song sticks as a middling three-star due to interesting variations within its only two rhythms, rather than pulling you in with one or two interesting parts and keeping you bored throughout the rest.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 8:54pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Perfect Situation      "Hardly Ideal" Karmeleaux
This song is straight quarter notes the entire time through, mostly two measures of playing one fret then moving to another. Overall, it's not very fun.

But there ARE fun parts. There's small flourishes in the verse occasionally, in the chorus more often, and after the guitar solo there's a fun part of short HO/PO chains into sustains. These are undeniably enjoyable on their own, but they're held back by the rest of the song.

If you're excessively patient there's some stuff in there for you, but even fans will find this one somewhat lacking.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 8:49pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Buddy Holly      "Ooh-wee-ooh, This Looks Like An Okay Bass Part" Karmeleaux
Mm, this is a weak three-star to me.

The verses are decent fun, eighth notes with a higher note on the two and four of the rhythm, as well as a tiny run up a fret to the place of the next rhtyhm.

The chorus is the low point, which is unfortunate because being a Weezer song it's like 60% chorus fact. But it's straight eighths on various frets, with small runs in there and a variation on the strum pattern at the end.

Where the song gets redeemed is the bridge, which has you scale all the way up and down the fretboard. It's definitely a blast, and it's a shame it's the shortest part of the song.

So it's average overall. The choruses are kinda a drag, but if you like the song the verses are okay and bridge will probably sate you for its time.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 8:46pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Say It Ain't So      "An Unremarkable Weezer Bass? Say It Ain't So!" Karmeleaux
Ughhhhh, there's a lot of these that teeter on the brink of two-star that I feel have just enough to redeem them.

The verse rhythm to song is simple but engaging enough - two sustains, then a small scale into two more sustains (ex. Y~~ G~~ G R Y B~~). There's also two small flourishes in these parts which are refreshing despite their brevity.

The thing that easily weighs this song down is the chorus, which is playing the root notes of the guitar, without the fill in later choruses.

And finally, there's the bridge, of three quarter notes, one of one color and two of another (ex. B Y Y, Y G G). This is decent enough fun, but it also has an interesting bass scale thrown in here once. It's a fun part no doubt, but unfortunately we return to the chorus after that.

It's a simple chart that won't impress anyone unfamiliar with the song, but I think it's got enough treats in it that fans won't mind playing it.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.11.13 8:42pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Ain't Life Grand (Live)      "A Grand Bass Part" Karmeleaux
Ah, five-star reviews. The classic conundrum: Generally, if it's great enough to earn this rating, it's too great to try to summarize. But here we go.

Now, intro/chorus rhythm is the main rhythm you play in this song. It scales around the fretboard, which would be fun enough on its own, but it routinely throws a green pull-off in there to make the rhythm play different than how you'd expect, and this only adds to the fun.

The verse rhythms are the weakest part of the song, largely alternating between yellow and orange sustains, but they're fast enough to be decent fun ignoring the short HO/PO chains and variations sprawled throughout the song.

And of course, Widespread Panic is a jam band, and there's definitely a jam part in there. Not to mention there's also a build-up from the verse into the chorus that's a slow scale around the board. It's just really fun.

Not much to say in short, definitely worth a look if you like bass.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.08.13 6:58pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Ocean Avenue      "Motion Average. ...They can't all be zingers." Karmeleaux
So, despite the in-game genre being labelled Emo, it's fair to say you could call this Pop-Punk and people would probably have a better idea what to expect chartwise.

The verse rhythm isn't anything special, playing the root notes of the guitar chords. It gets some mention for having an engaging strum pattern to keep you paying some amount of attention.

The chorus, meanwhile, is straight edges, with a sustain at the beginning and end of every fourth bar. It's the low point of the song, being an undefendable two-star.

But after the first chorus, the verse grows a little flourish that shows up sometimes, more often as the song goes along. The chorus gains a flourish as well, definitely the most interesting part of it. It also has two other rhythms in it, which aren't really notable on their own but add some variation. Then the end has a variation on the verse rhythm.

There is absolutely nothing outstanding in this song. Still, it has enough decent parts that nothing really bogs you down, and far more than is expected for a two-dot/Pop-Punk bass. So a three-star, it might be a pleasant surprise for fans in that it's not unpleasant, but most people unfamiliar with the song won't find much to draw them in.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.08.13 6:42pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
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