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Bass Lines From the Greatest Studio Bass Players, Volumes 1 & 2

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Here are bass lines from the greatest studio bass players from a variety of styles and artists.

Each volume includes 12 great hits laid down by some of the finest and most legendary studio players in the industry.

Written in Standard Notation and TAB.

Transcribed by Aidan Hampson

• Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Bass: Willie Dixon

• The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’
Bass: Joe Osborn

• Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Tears of a Clown
Bass: Bob Babbitt

• Sam & Dave – Soul Man
Bass: Donald “Duck” Dunn

• Elvis Presley – The Wonder of You
Bass: Jerry Scheff

• Abba – Money, Money, Money
Bass: Rutger Gunnarsson

• Steely Dan – Peg
Bass: Chuck Rainey

• Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
Bass: Will Lee

• George Benson – Give Me the Night
Bass: Abraham Laboriel

• Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
Bass: Pino Palladino

• Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Bass: Bakithi Kumalo

• Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Bass: Nathan East

Bass Lines From the Greatest Studio Bass Players, Volume 1 available at

• Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman
Double bass: Bob Moore

• Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
Bass: Carol Kaye
Double bass: Chuck Berghofer

• Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Bass: James Jamerson

• David Bowie – Space Oddity
Bass: Herbie Flowers

• Stevie Wonder – He’s Misstra Know-It-All
Bass: Willie Weeks

• James Taylor – Your Smiling Face
Bass: Leland Sklar

• Paul Simon – Slip Slidin’ Away
Bass: Anthony Jackson

• Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Bass: Bernard Edwards

• Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Bass: Louis Johnson

• Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Bass: Tony Levin

• Steve Vai – Blue Powder
Bass: Stuart Hamm

• Paramore – Hard Times
Bass: Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Bass Lines From the Greatest Studio Bass Players, Volume 2 available at


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