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Brand New Kind of Blue      "Gold Enough. Like, At Least For Silver." Karmeleaux
Major Techniques: Scale Runs, Slides
Minor Techniques: Dead Notes, Hammer-Ons/Pull-Offs

A pretty fun song built largely around one rhythm with notes added and removed to change its sound and feel, as well as a recurring (pretty large though not terribly fast) scale run that should be somewhat challenging to fairly enjoyable depending how much experience one has with the bass.

Education Value: 8/10
-Indie Rock music tends to either have a very stripped down sound or some unusual patterns to give a song a distinctive sound. Luckily, as we're going to be playing along here, this one leans more towards the latter. Most of the song is built around a single pattern, but the full riff is fairly involved while the verses are built around a very barebones version, focusing on adding most variation through slides. The long scale runs towards the end of the chorus are of course very fertile soil to learn from and edit for yourself, and this song does a good job of throwing in minor variations that ideally should inspire any bassist to learn how the simple addition of a single note (even dead notes) can change the sound and feel of a section.

Entertainment Value: 7/10
-It's fun, it's worth recommending to people to play, but I can understand the verses being too stripped down for some people and making playing the whole song less appealing as a result. Still, the early verses afford space for one to put in their own touches if they want, while later verses include variations in the recording where the blank spaces previously were. Due to the bass part going into a double time feel during the scales, this is a difficult one for people to start out singing and playing. I mean that scale is just kinda tough even without singing, but should be fun if you can nail it. It's worth checking out, but understand going in that it's not perfect.
10.21.15 2:01am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Blitzkrieg Bop      "About What You'd Expect From a Ramones Bass Part" Karmeleaux
Major Techniques: Accents, Chord Box, Root Notes
Minor Techniques: Gallops

Repetitive and lacking in any sort of challenge, this song exists mostly as someone's first song they'll learn on bass or someone's closer live when the band is aware they're too drunk to play anything else.

Education Value: 1/10
-By and large you're just playing the root notes of the guitar part, which isn't spectacular in itself. Main reason I give this any value (and I can see myself being a bit too harsh here) beyond it being the first song one learns from the game is the accents, which might bring back some beginners who are able to get other techniques down before fully getting a handle on them.

Entertainment Value: 2/10
-It's a Ramones bass part, chances it's not gonna win any awards for innovation. But the song's fun and energetic, and the bass part is partially to blame. It's short and peppy, so it doesn't get terribly grating, and the song is structured in a way that it's a decent one to practice singing and playing at the same time. Certainly not worth recommending on its own merits, though.
10.21.15 1:25am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Bat Country      "You Can Stop Here, This is Bat Country" Karmeleaux
Major Techniques: Chord Box, Gallops, Slides, Root Note, Scale Runs, Strum Patterns
Minor Techniques: Hammer-Ons

While the verses are very heavily focused on strumming root notes with the only interesting thing of note being a slide, every other rhythm in the song offers something engaging. Small slides and scale runs decorate every other part of the song, making this a good song to visit for everyone who has at some experience on bass.

Education Value: 8/10
-This song honestly has a lot of neat stuff in it. The verses, as mentioned above, are rather sparse on it, but the intro riff has some small scale runs and the choruses have some strum patterns to keep things interesting on top on some as well. Even the guitar solo, which is based around the verse rhythm, throws in some strum pattern changes, and I think this is one of the songs where how simply changing the strum pattern of a section changes the feel significantly is evident, which is something a bassist should learn early. But really, the softer bridge sections of the song are the high point of the song for both learning from and playing along with, as the majority of these are small scale runs with some small slides and hammer-ons thrown in.

Entertainment Value: 7/10
-Mostly reiterating earlier stuff: The verses are pretty unremarkable as you're just playing along with the root notes of the guitar chords, but other sections of the song all have stuff to draw you in. Unfortunately, the verses drag the rest down enough to where beyond a certain skill level I imagine most players rather just play the bridges and other parts without even having to suffer through them, unless they're into playing that sort of rhythm as well.
10.21.15 1:07am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Black Magic      "Nothing Magical" Karmeleaux
Major Techniques: Root Note, Chord Box, Patience Mostly
Minor Techniques: None (well, technically a single use of Dead Notes and Accents, but that's a single instance at the literal end, I'm not counting it outside of this note)

Bb Bb Bb Bb Db Db Db Db Eb Eb Eb Eb Gb Gb Gb Gb. Repeat until the song ends.

Education Value: 0/10
-This song really has nothing educational to offer. The only purpose I could see this song fulfilling on bass is an alternative to Blitzkrieg Bop for someone's first song: it is slower, but there is some greater difficulty as this song has you do index to pinky reaches for the notes, so it's hardly ideal for that either.

Entertainment Value: 1/10
-If you like the song, honestly, this bass part is something you can zone out to and mostly listen to it. It's even a decent song to practice singing and playing at the same time for the same reason. It's really repetitive and completely devoid of inspiration or real room to even paint your own thing, but it honestly doesn't end up being complete torture because it's at a decent pace and short enough that it doesn't grate as hard as it could. I'll just say I didn't hate playing it to refresh myself with it before typing this, but it is most definitely nothing I would recommend to anyone.
10.21.15 12:45am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
All I Wanna Do      "Shoegaze Into the Abyss" Karmeleaux
Major Techniques: Accents, Shifting, Patience, Slides
Minor Techniques: Gallops, Scale Runs

Largely a four bar refrain for the verses and post-verses, with the only variation in the twice repeated chorus.

Education Value: 4/10
Despite there being only two major rhythms in the song, one of which is probably about three minutes of this 3:40 song, there's a decent amount one can learn from dissecting this song. It teaches players just starting out to move their hand more, and players with a bit of experience to experiment with small scale runs or throwing in gallops. Nothing mindshattering, but it's got a fair bit to pick at for inspiration when you're first starting out.

Entertainment Value: 3/10
Unfortunately, because of there being only two major rhythms in this song, one of which is probably about three minutes of this 3:40 song, once you've learned the general idea of any of the techniques presented in this song, there's not really much reason to visit it for fun's sake. It's not awful, but it's repetitive and doesn't offer any reward to players beyond a certain level.
10.21.15 12:13am 1 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Seven      "Now This Is the Kind of Seven I Can Get Behind" Karmeleaux
Mm, this song is kinda structured weird, so forgive me if any of my terminology deviates from the practice sections.

The intro is first focused eighth notes on a single fret with a number of gallops thrown in there. Shortly after that, it transforms into fun but tough double strum rhythm that scales the frets up and down pretty quickly in different patterns.

Then we meet the beginning of the verse rhythm, or I like to call it, one of the two caveats of this chart. Three measures of silence (it's fast enough to where this isn't that bad, but it's still kinda noticeable), then one measure of playing the root notes of guitar - which moves around a bit, but this is still just decent. The second part of the verse, however, is a blast with multiple scales and single note HO/POs as repeated parts. It's mostly eighth notes, but the movement is varied and frequent within the rhythm.

There's a weird post-verse rhythm, I guess, which is mostly strum pattern-focused. After the first two measures, it follows the guitar part, which translates to a slow scale in feel. If it leads into the chorus, it grows another part where it follows the guitar (including a single hammer-on) and then double strums green before going into the chorus.

The chorus is straight eighth notes, but has slow scales around the fretboard as a built-in part of its rhythm. It's a comfortable speed and the scales are a blast, but my second caveat comes to a head here - there's no real spontaneity in the song. The scales in both the verse and chorus, while very fun, are an actual part of the rhythm, and the same every time they come up.

Still, it's a really fun bass part overall, with multiple rhythms that are a joy to play. There's some blank space, some simple stuff, and no real improvisation, so if you avoid any instance of the first two or demand the last this isn't the song for you. But otherwise, I'd say it's just universal enough to appeal to about everyone.

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.
06.18.13 10:41pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Stand in the Rain      "Not Out Stand In the Rain. Eh, eh?" Karmeleaux
Mm, this has JUST enough to get a weak three-star.

It's a slower song, and starts out with blank space and sustains. Soon it goes into the chorus rhythm, a strum pattern-focused rhythm, starting green then blue, then the same moved up a fret.

The main verse rhythm is similar to the chorus, with just more alternations between green and blue before moving up and a different strum pattern-focused rhythm. In fact, every verse, the strum pattern is fairly different, which is honestly the main draw of the chart.

The bridge where you're playing whole notes, and then there's the outro, which is mostly a straight quarter sustain version of the chorus rhythm.

So yeah, if strum pattern changes are enough sustenance for you, it's a decent time, but it's not going to be drawing anyone in otherwise.

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.
06.18.13 10:18pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Eye of the Tiger      "So Many Times, It Happens..." Karmeleaux
This a three-star review, but unlike most, it's a combination of two-star and four-star parts instead of three-star throughout.

The beginning of the song follows the guitar chords. It's decent fun. Then we enter the rhythm for the rest of the majority of the song.

Fourth notes on blue. Now, this isn't the only thing in the verse, every other measure there's a small fill back into this, most often a GrRy sort of deal but there's a number of different ones as the song continues. The verse moves a BIT more as it approaches the chorus, but only worth mentioning as a change.

The chorus is focused on fourths for the most part, but has a few different strum pattern changes in there. It ends with following the guitar chords which equates to a fun scale, and has a green-orange reach and a decent length pull-off chain.

Then we're back for the verse, then the chorus. The outro is a modified version of the verse that also combines the intro rhythm of following the iconic guitar line in there, and some new fills and strum pattern changes. This section is really fun, it's a shame it's saved until the end.

The verses are noticeably dull outside of their small fills, the choruses are alright, and the outro is a fun time. I think togetherBass 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. it comes out to a decent times for fans, though.
06.18.13 9:42pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Ballroom Blitz      "Alright, Fellas." Karmeleaux
The intro rhythm, which is also used in the verses between vocal parts, is focused on strumming the orange note with a green pick-up back into the rhythm. It's mostly a gallop, but there's a shuffle before the green to start it back over.

The verse rhythm otherwise is strumming straight fourths on a single fret, but it has two shuffle notes before it moves to the next fret.

The pre-chorus is empty space but it's short enough to not take away much, and then we have the chorus. Like the verse, it's straight fourths with two shuffles at the end, but it moves up the frets slowly during that rhythm. It also contains a repeated small HO/PO fill, and a few one-time fills. Probably the highlight of the song.

The bridge is slowly double-strumming orange with a pull-off to yellow at the end, but there's a few variations in strum pattern here at times of skipping notes or something, including one where you're double-strumming much faster.

We see all of these patterns at least twice, then the guitar solo/outro pattern. Which is just the intro pattern, but with orange sustains instead of gallops. Due to the length of the solo and the simplicity of this rhythm, this was the first and only instance of a rhythm grating on me by the end of the song.

The outro/guitar solo takes away a bit at the end with so many repetitions in a row, but otherwise there's enough rhythms with enough variation to be appealing 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.
06.18.13 9:25pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Meant to Live      "You'll Want More than This Chart Has to Offer" Karmeleaux
This song does offer some, mind. Just not enough to draw in people unfamiliar with it.

The intro/chorus rhythm follows the guitar with the three eighth notes feeling. But where the guitar bends below the next measure, bass just has blank space before it moves down to the next fret. This area DOES have fills back into the beginning of the rhythm instead, which are usually fun, but they're more of the exception than the rule.

The verse is mainly sustain-focused during the vocal parts, then has a simple but fairly fun rhythm involving strum pattern, slight movement, and a short HO/PO chain.

Then the bridge is focused on short sustain with a little movement around the fretboard, most notably a repeated hammer-on slide into the orange note.

So all in all, all the rhythms have fun parts but, as before, won't sell it to people who don't already know 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.
06.17.13 7:50pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Hypnotize      "Above Average, UNLESS IT MADE ME SAY THAT" Karmeleaux
The song starts out with straight eighths on orange, which isn't encouraging. Eventually it moves on to red, but still.

But then we get to the verse, which is decent fun. Strum-focused, but moves around a bit and has a small HO/PO chain at the end. It's decent fun.

The first part of the chorus is the intro again. The second part doesn't come up until the second time you get there, but it's a bit different, largely straight eighths moving slowly up the fretboard, but it has some short HO/PO chains and pauses to keep it feeling fresh. Later on, this changes to fully double-strummed, then another time it changes to purely strum-focused. So yeah, it changes every time it comes up, which gets it some point.

Then we've got the bridge, which is deceptively not that great. You see it and go 'oh man a long HO/PO chain on bass' but well it's g r yg r yg r you get the idea. It's certainly not bad, but it's repetitive in its own right and ironically it's easy to get 'hypnotized' in this part where you kinda space out on the chart. Still, with all that negative, it's a different rhythm, unique to this chart, and nonetheless fairly fun.

So yeah, fairly fun verse, fun second part of the chorus with all its variations, and a fun (but repetitive!) bridge rhythm. Worth a look if you play.

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.
06.17.13 7:36pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Aerials      "Average, In the Sky" Karmeleaux
A weak three-star I'd say, in that all of the rhythms are weak three-stars and nothing ends up taking away to negate that.

During the part of the verse with vocals, you're strumming blue. The strum pattern here is the focus, and it's varied enough to keep you engaged for how short this is each time it comes up.

After the vocals in the verse, you play four green eighth notes then hammer-on to an orange sustain, repeating three more times moving to a lower note for the sustain each time.

For the chorus, you play the root note of the guitar rhythm. Obviously not as difficult as the full guitar rhythm, but it moves around the fretboard nicely, slowly scaling around. The first chorus also chooses to do the notes staccato instead of sustained like later choruses.

All together, not a terribly impressive chart, made up of two alright rhythms. But nothing really ends up grating and it has enough sustenance for fans to get something out of it, 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.
06.17.13 7:05pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Ride a White Swan      "You Won't Enjoy This Ride" Karmeleaux
When I say a one-star bass chart, you should know what to expect by now. Few rhythms, little movement or variation.

And indeed, most of the song is straight fourths, probably 60% or more on the orange note. There's a few tricks to it - when it switches to green or orange there's usually a shuffle with a note change, after moving back up to orange from green it goes to strumming red for a few notes, and the parts focused on orange gain a shuffled red note at the end of each measure in later rhythms.

But well, overall it's a single simple repetitive rhythm. The song's not long, but it still grates by the end. Your time could be spent better, like playing 20th Century Boy on bass instead, mmm.

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.
06.17.13 6:46pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
The Time Is Wrong      "Won't Tickle People Unfamiliar With It's Fancies" Karmeleaux
The song starts out sustain and strum-focused, then after a small break has the post-verse which is strum-focused with a bit of movement around the fretboard.

The verse comes in, very strum-focused. It has a few flourishes in the first verse, that unfortunately disappear in later iterations. Another post-verse, then we get to the chorus.

The chorus is mostly straight eighths, with an occasional green one followed by a quarter note on red. It eventually becomes more or less a standard straight edges slowly moving up the fretboard, before a fun part at the end where the bass moves around red, blue, and orange following the note the singer is singing. This is one of the most fun parts of the song to me, but it's unfortunately short every time it shows up.

The next verse is stripped more than the previous one, which is a change but not really a welcome one. Then we go through the whole thing again.

Towards the very end there's a fun riff that's introduced that based around dotted notes and has even a small HO/PO fill in it, but it only repeats twice before the song ends.

So ultimately it comes out to an 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.
06.16.13 12:33am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures      "Alright I Can't Understand The Song Enough To Title This" Karmeleaux
A fairly low three-star thanks to the chorus, but has other parts that will engage fans.

The verse rhythm is focused on short sustains, it has green orange reaches, including a green pull-off from the end of an orange sustain which is weird and fun. Good movement, a few fun pull-offs, variates some to keep it engaging.

Then we get to the chorus. Straight eighths moving slowly around the fretboard. And unfortunately, this is a pretty long part, and repeated multiple times.

The next verse switches halfway to one focused on a strum pattern/sustain pattern, which slowly moves around the fretboard.

The bridge is sustain focused and features a three-note bass chord(!), before switching into a strum pattern focused rhythm that moves slowly around the fretboard.

Finally, for the outro, there's mostly straight edges primarily on the orange but there's a pull-off to yellow mixed in there frequently, including after orange sustains.

Verse and outro are fairly fun, the bridge is decent, chorus is boring. Comes together to a passable experience for 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.
06.15.13 11:50pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
And She Was      "And It Was Average" Karmeleaux
G _ G R~~~ B R G

Is the verse rhythm, though as with Psycho Killer it's decent fun to get into and it doesn't really stay long enough to grate.

The pre-chorus rhythm is sustain-focused, but moves around the fretboard and has a pick-up the same color as the previous sustain before going into the next. So yeah, it's also decent fun.

The chorus is somewhat similar to the verse in feel, but noticeably different. It's still got all the parts from above in there, but there's two small red and blue fills between it.

The second verse and pre-chorus omit holding the sustain - you still strum the note, so ultimately it doesn't really feel different, but it's a visual change that engages you some.

The bridge is probably the highlight, with some decent movement, sustains with and without pick-ups, and a slow scale up the fretboard. It's overall a change from the rest of the song in feel in all regards, and repeats twice before we're back in the chorus.

We go through the cycle of verse/pre-chorus/chorus again, with the fill at the end of the last chorus variating slightly for the very last measure. Overall a fun enough song for fans, but nothing impressive enough to attract people unfamiliar with 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.
06.15.13 8:43pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Once in a Lifetime      "One Rhythm In Its Lifetime" Karmeleaux
B B

(silence)

B G G

(silence)

That's the rhythm of the entirety of this song. Sometimes, the silence is replaced by an orange sustain or two representing a bass harmonic, sometimes a yellow sustain is in there instead representing a slide. There's also one measure where there's a quick extra blue before the greens, but I suspect that wasn't intentional in the recording anyway.

But that's it, for four and a half minutes. Not much else to say, there's no real reason someone would ever want to play this 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.
06.15.13 8:08pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Shout      "Come On Now, I'm Talking to You" Karmeleaux
Mm, almost a two-star, because there's a REALLY boss bass part in the bridge. Like short HO/PO chains, varied movement up and down, the kind of stuff I love.

But well, the song's six minutes, and the first chorus rhythm is holding sustains for two measures, before switching to another sustain. This isn't a particularly fast song, it's grating about three notes in and it's the first full minute.

The verse rhythm is strumming a single fret with a bit of an unusual strum pattern. It vaguely keeps you awake, but it's not terribly fun or engaging at this speed.

The later chorus rhythm, the one you play for the LARGE majority of the song, is strumming eleven eighth notes of a single fret, sometimes switching to another. This also gets grating due to its lack of variety, though not as quickly as the first, at least.

The bridge/keys solo starts with nothing, then sustains. But then, that rhythm I mentioned at the beginning saves the day, providing the only glimpse of fun you really have in the song. And it's a lot of fun. But that part is twenty seconds.

The next three minutes are the second chorus. No changes or variations outside of which fret it's on, just eleven eighth notes. Again and again. And then again.

It's a below average rhythm to begin with, and this long of a reliance on it ruins the chance that fun rhythm had to save this song with a two-star. And that little twenty second part IS genuinely fun, but if you want it, just go to practice mode, I can't imagine anyone being able to have fun with this chart as a whole.

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.
06.15.13 4:19pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Master Exploder      "An Okay Pick (of Destiny)" Karmeleaux
Well the caveat going into this song is it's only a two and a half minutes total, and you don't even play until about halfway in.

But well, once you start, it's a fairly fun bass part. Green orange reaches, small fills before some sustains, variations on pick-ups and strum patterns, it's pretty enjoyable.

And at the very end, it goes into a gallop that bounces around the fretboard following the guitar line. It's also pretty fun, but extremely short.

Really it's mostly that first rhythm with that last part for like ten seconds, but you only play the first rhythm for like a minute so it doesn't really get a chance to wear down on you. Not playing for half the song does take a toll on its fun, but when half the song is a minute it's not a HUGE deterrent.

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 5:49pm 0 Replies | Reply +2 Relevance
Rob the Prez-O-Dent      "Five Stars and Seven Beers Ago" Karmeleaux
Ha ha, this has a pretty wide slew of ratings. What that usually means is the song has some parts that are distinctly a different league of fun of the others, and some people get focused on one side while the others get focused on the other.

Well, the first verse is a repeated scale up and down the fretboard, with a small on-cue part on the fourth repetition.

The pre-chorus moves around the fretboard slowly, focused on strumming the same fret in somewhat unusual patterns before moving on, but it's routinely also got some HO/POs in there including some short chains. As it leads into the chorus, it has a double-strum part.

The chorus is probably the weakest part of the song in that it's the most predictable - it's a repeated scale from blue to green. After a number of repetitions it has an alternate pattern as it moves up to repeating orange to red, then same deal back. When the chorus ends, there's a double-strum part. It's not bad, but it's kinda repetitive and the most average part of the song.

The next verse(???) is sustains with a few short HO/PO parts, then a bunch of silence. Luckily, we come to another pre-chorus, with new and interesting variations.

The verse(??????) after that is focused on a different sustain and HO/PO chain pattern, before going to strumming green in a weird pattern, before a fill into more sustains.

Then we get to the double-strum into a HO/PO chain before the outro, where we slowly move around the fretboard in a fun pattern. There's two fills in here, but both of them are strumming green in different patterns.

So. This guy is a bit of a toughie to place. Some of the silence, some of the strum pattern change-focused rhythms, and the chorus take away from it a bit, no doubt. But even at its worst, what you're playing is still fun, and some of the stuff in here is so fun. If you're a bassist, you'll definitely have more fun in this song than you won't. And I mean, it's free.

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 4:53pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Bullets & Guns      "May Take Your Soul, But Not Your Breath Away" Karmeleaux
ACT NOW, SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED

The verses is eighth notes that alternate between yellow and orange, but the pattern in which is does is engaging and fun enough.

The choruses, meanwhile, also eighths. This is more predictable with changing frets only every four notes, though there are two short slow scales where it does two notes of two frets before looping back in.

The 'guitar solo' is ALSO mostly eighth notes, but it's actually got some fun scales up and down the fretboard in there, definitely the highlight of the song. The bridge is not terribly different in practice, straight eighths with two scales from blue to green on the fourth repetition.

So it's got some fun stuff in there, but overall it's really reliant on strumming eighth notes and that starts to grate a bit by the end. Still, this song is disappearing by the end of the month, so if you're gonna get it, get it now. (it's a fairly fun drum song in my opinion, FYI)

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 4:22pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Crazy Tuesday      "thetwono3star" Karmeleaux
This song actually has some pleasant surprises for a zero-dot bass.

The main verse rhythm involve four green or red notes before a reach to three orange notes, the first being a half note. Sometimes there's an orange (or rarely another color) pick-up back into the green or red note, and in later verses there's some variations on the strum pattern. Furthermore, on the fourth repetition it's yellow notes to blue, before a scale from green all the way to orange(!) back into the first bar.

The chorus is fairly simple, but has a lot of variation in it. The premise is a pick-up of one color into two half-notes of another (including some green orange stretches again), but many times there's an extra quarter note in there. Many times the second half note is a sustain. It's not much, but it keeps you on your toes compared to the alternative.

It's also worth mentioning the second verse has an entirely different rhythm, though mostly for the sake of mentioning a notable change. It's actually the simplest part of the song, GG G~~~ kind of stuff that later moves up to yellow, but this also involves the song's most interesting fill, including the song's one and only pull-off.

As I said, it's surprising for such a slow song and low tier one to have some of these things, but ultimately it IS a slow song and it is pretty simple. People who aren't familiar with the song won't really be so engaged, though if you have this song you got it for free so 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 4:09pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Yomp      "thenewno3star" Karmeleaux
This song has a few decent parts, but nothing outstanding.

The verse rhythm is focused on sustains, but at least they're strummed at different points and move around the fretboard to offer some engagement. It's never a bad experience and isn't used enough to really grate, but it's nothing special on its own.

The chorus is actually fairly noteworthy, it's at least the part I find most fun. It's actually pretty simple too, the main part of is a short red sustain followed by a Gr Gr fill into the next red sustain. Sometimes the second part of that fill changes to Gy or Yr. It's simple, but fun to get into.

Finally, the bridge, which is mostly sustains, though it moves around the fretboard and many of them have a HO/PO or really small fill leading in. There's a good amount of variation in the feel of this, but it's countered by the fact it's sustain-focused.

Then the chorus comes back for the guitar(???) solo. So we've got a bridge with some fun stuff between sustains, a simple but fun chorus, and a verse that's unremarkable in most senses of the word. Sounds average enough.

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 3:49pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Never Let You Go '09      "I'll Never Lechuga" Karmeleaux
The verses follow the guitar rhythm, though they move around the fretboard a bit more interestingly. It's not bad, but the strum pattern starts to wear thin after a point.

The chorus is slightly more engaging, if only because it throws in some fills that involve some thinking relative to the rest of the song. Small simple flourishes appear routinely, a single pull-off or a short fill.

The bridge is probably the most compelling part, though. Starting out on a small hammer-on slide to straight eighths on orange sets one's expectations low, but after a few measures of that it moves into fills into sustains into full scales into sustains. Unfortunately it ends shortly after that and we're back to the verse.

There's some fun things sprinkled in the chorus and the bridge for fans to find, but nothing to draw in people unfamiliar with the song. Also as with Semi-Charmed Life, there were complaints about the mix upon release so try the demo before going all 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.
06.14.13 5:05am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Semi-Charmed Life '09      "Some People Might Want Something Else, Though" Karmeleaux
This is one of those songs that shares a verse and chorus rhythm, but does a lot with it.

And I do mean quite a bit. There's routine switch-ups on the strum pattern, thrown in HO/PO chains - some even decent (four plus!) in length, or something where you're just clearly playing something that feels much different than what one just played. It's pretty fun.

EDIT: Oop, I forgot to mention at first, some of the variations involve bass chords. I've failed my duty.

Normally these kind of songs end up in three stars due to the core lack of variety, but luckily this song has another notable rhythm in there during the bridge. It's similarly got strum pattern changes and short HO/PO chains in it, so better yet it's a strong other rhythm.

A pretty good time, worth a look by fans of bass. I'll note that I didn't really notice awful mixing while I was playing through on my TV, but double-checking videos on YouTube based on memories hurt my ears. So probably try the demo on your TV if you want it to make sure you can tolerate the mix.

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 4:46am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
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