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Stayin’ Alive But It’s Way More Complicated

Stayin’ Alive But It’s Way More Complicated

The 1977 Bee Gees track Stayin’ Alive is one of the most famous songs of the disco era. Musician Charles Berthoud remembers the song a little differently than we do, with way more flourishes for the bass guitar part – and a funky prog-rock synth solo sandwiched in the middle.

Does It Slap?

Does It Slap?

Musician Davie504 is the self-proclaimed CEO of Bass, and with good reason. But he’s not the only great bass guitar player out there. In the first episode of Does It Slap?, Davie offers up his reviews some of the world’s most talented bass masters.

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Master of Puppets on Slap Bass

Master of Puppets on Slap Bass

The Metallica song Master of Puppets already slaps pretty hard, but it sounds downright insane when performed on a bass guitar while slapping the strings. Musician Charles Berthoud absolutely crushes it with this performance that sounds kind of like a Red Hot Chili Peppers version of the song.

Low Bass Ghost Riders in the Sky

Low Bass Ghost Riders in the Sky

When it comes to the songs of the old West, there’s nothing quite like a deep baritone voice to set the mood. Singer Geoff Castellucci is able to achieve low bass notes that can rattle your bones, and his cover of the Stan Jones and his Death Valley Rangers classic Ghost Riders in the Sky makes perfect use of his vocal abilities.

Playing a Double-Sided Guitar

Playing a Double-Sided Guitar

There’s a good reason that guitars are only playable from one side. But that didn’t stop musician Rob Scallon from giving this unusual double-sided guitar a try. This strange string instrument is configured as a regular guitar on one side and a bass guitar on the other. It’s super tricky to play both sides at the same time.

A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

Bassist Davie504 has played solos on a one-string bass, a 36-string bass, and a 69-string bass, so what’s the obvious next step? To perform a solo that uses every bass guitar in the store, naturally. Though he didn’t quick-swap all of the instruments, instead, he edited all 200 performances into a single track.

So Many Bass Sounds

So Many Bass Sounds

When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.

69-String Bass Solo

69-String Bass Solo

Last time we checked in with Davie504, he was performing on a bass guitar with a single string. At the end of that video, he promised he’d play a 69-string bass, but we weren’t sure if he was serious. Well, not only did he come through on his promise, he broke a world’s record for the most strings on a bass.

One-String Bass Solo

One-String Bass Solo

A bass guitar normally has four, five, or six strings. Musician Davie504 shows how having multiple strings is overrated by performing an impressive solo with just a single string at the center of his bass. Now Davie wants to know if he should perform with a 2-string or 69-string bass next.

Guitarists Mix and Match Hands

Guitarists Mix and Match Hands

Guitarist Dave Simpson and bass player Carina Powell aka Cici Bass show off their dexterity by performing the craziest duet ever. You see, Dave is fretting the bass while Cici plucks its strings, and Cici is fretting the guitar while Dave strums it. It’s like a game of Guitar Twister.

One String to Rule them All

One String to Rule them All

An electric bass guitar usually has four strings, though some variants out there have five or six strings. But musician Charles Berthoud proves you can get away with just a single string on a bass guitar, as he demonstrates in this impressive solo performance.

Banjo on Bass

Banjo on Bass

A banjo has a distinctive twang often played at a speedy tempo. Musician Charles Berthoud shows how a simliar playing style can be applied to a slap bass, giving bluegrass musicians a backup instrument in case they break a string on their banjo.

Playing Piano on a Bass

Playing Piano on a Bass

When is a bass guitar not a bass guitar? When it’s a piano, of course. Musician Charles Berthoud demonstrates what that sounds like with a fingerstyle bass rendition of Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic The Entertainer, incorporating some insane flourishes.

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If Barbie Girl Was Really Hard to Play

If Barbie Girl Was Really Hard to Play

The Aqua song Barbie Girl is one of the cheesiest pop songs of all time. But what if it was actually a really complicated track that required serious skills to perform? Bass player Charles Berthoud explores just that idea by turning it into the hardest song to play.

Mad World on Bass

Mad World on Bass

Musician Tommy Lee Depp is known for his solo bass arrangements of popular songs. Listen now to his captivating and minimal performance of the Tears for Fears 1983 song Mad World, with a tip of the hat to the Gary Jules version of the track.

Playing Flea’s Best Basslines

Playing Flea’s Best Basslines

While nobody can play a Flea bassline quite like Flea himself, we’ve gotta hand it to Charles Berthoud for his efforts, as he performs two handfuls of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best and most memorable bass riffs and solos. Even more impressive is how he played them on a $85 electric bass.

Hello: Jazz Edition

Hello: Jazz Edition

Vocalist and bassist Casey Abrams teamed up with pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee for a great jazz-swing cover version of Lionel Ritchie’s 1983 ballad Hello. We imagine that the blind woman in the original music video might have had a hard time sculpting Casey’s impressive beard.

The Sound of Silence on Bass

The Sound of Silence on Bass

Solo bass player Tommy Lee Depp takes on Simon & Garfunkel’s timeless 1964 classic The Sound of Silence, giving the track a smooth new texture that will stir your soul just as much as the original.

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly challenging song to play when you have the proper instruments. To prove his bass-playing chops, musician Zander Zon managed to perform a compelling rendition entirely on his bass guitar. We’re amazed that he was able to extract such range from the 4-string instrument.

Nirvana Bass Covers

Nirvana Bass Covers

Tommy Lee Depp creates bass-only arrangements of popular songs which sound phenomenal, despite only including a single 4-string instrument. Listen as he performs Heart-shaped Box, Come As You Are, Lithium, and Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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Playing Riffs Where They Belong

Playing Riffs Where They Belong

From Metallica’s Fuel played at a gas station, to RHCP’s Under the Bridge performed under a bridge, musician Danilo Vicari’s compilation video provides some overly literal context to familiar bass and guitar riffs. We were hoping he would play Def Leppard’s Rocket.

Flight of the Basslebee

Flight of the Basslebee

We already know that musician Davie504 is quite the capable bass player. But for his latest clip he shows us just how quickly his fingers can fly across the frets, with an electric bass cover of Rimsky-Korsakov’s high speed classical piece Flight of the Bumblebee.

1% Bass Skills 99% Editing Skills

1% Bass Skills 99% Editing Skills

Guitarist Davie504 has certainly proved that he has mad bass skills. But if you can’t keep up with his fingers, he’s here to show you how all you need is some basic video editing skills to perform just about any tune you’d like.

One-string Bass Medley

One-string Bass Medley

Just because your bass guitar only has one string doesn’t mean you can’t make music with it. Guitarist Davidlap proves just that with this medley of bass riffs he cranks out without the benefit of three of his strings.

The 10 Levels of Bass

The 10 Levels of Bass

Musician Davie504 knows a thing or two about playing bass guitar. So who better than to demonstrate how to go from zero to hero on a 4-string? Listen and enjoy as Davie starts out simple, and quickly progresses to maestro level.

The Quad-Neck Bass

The Quad-Neck Bass

Musician Davie504 shows off another unusual string instrument, this time performing an impressive solo on a crazy electric bass guitar which still has just four strings, but each one is on a separate neck.

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