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Re: How good is Paul Mccartney on Bass???

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Posted by splatbass on August 10, 2001 at 12:53:13:

In Reply to: Re: How good is Paul Mccartney on Bass??? posted by Dave Rawlings on August 10, 2001 at 08:01:36:

: : : : i wonder what you think about Paul Mccartneys Bass playing ??

: : : I have mixed feelings. He's very good at basic Rock n Roll patterns, plus he is pretty fast, but, he never explored any unknown territory. I can't see him playing Jazz or Funk. Then again, look at all the excellent songs he wrote. A creative genius.

: : : Mickster

: : WHAT? Never explored any unknown territory? It may not seem new today, because so many bass players copied him, but he practically reinvented bass playing. Listen to pre-McCartney bass playing compared to after and you will see what I mean. Before P.M. bass players often stayed on the root/fifth, he completely changed that. He is truly one of the best, most innovative bass players there is. You have probably learned a lot from him without even realizing it, because you picked it up from someone who learned it from him.

: splatbass,
: I too have mixed feelings about Sir Paul. True, he may have been a genius in his bass playing as compared to others before his time, but I think most of it is based on his role as a composer rather than as a bass player. Remember, he started out as a guitar player. Many of his bass harmonies would have been perfect as guitar harmonies. A lot of his bass lines are nowhere near as technically difficult to play as say, Jaco or Whooten or Flea, but is, as you say, technically difficult because it ISN'T basic root/fifth stuff. Just as Jaco brought out
: the physical and sonic possibilities of the bass (as an instument), Paul brought out the harmony possibilites.
: Dave

True, but Jaco, Wooten and Flea came much later. You have to walk before you can run. All I'm saying is put it in the perspective of the time period in which it happened. He didn't have Jaco to listen to like we did. And if I remember correctly, Jaco was a big fan of his.

You could say Jimi Hendrix wasn't very good because he didn't tap, etc., but we all know that for his time period he was amazing and innovative. I quess my point is, innovation, technique, etc., build on each other. As one person innovates, another takes that and moves it forward.

You wouldn't say the Wright Brothers weren't very good at building planes, because todays planes are so much better would you? Because without the Wright Brothers where would we be now? And without McCartney where would bass playing be now?

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