10 beginner rock bass riffs to learn

Posted by on March 1st, 2016 5:29 pm

Bass Guitar

Adele from Aloud HQ has put together a selection of cool bass riffs for beginners to learn.  (So apologies in advance for the music taste and if you spot any mistakes…)

Before launching straight into the tabs, here’s a reminder how to read them:

How do you read bass tabs?

The strings run EADG working from the top down.

The numbers are the fret you press when you play each string. ‘O’ is an open string, ‘1’ is the first fret at the very end and so forth.

h means hammer, p means pop, s means slide etc – these are more advance features though. Read the guide here for more info

When you first start playing the bass your fingers will be slow but they will get faster the more you practise. I’d recommend you play some of the simple riffs shown slowly and then as it becomes easier, speed up a bit until it sounds good. Practise makes perfect…


 

Without further ado… here’s the riff’s to have a go at playing – have fun!

White Spripes: Seven nation army

G|———————————|

D|———————————|

A|—7–7-10-7-5-3–2————–|

E|———————————|

 

Nirvana: Come as you are

intro: 

g |—————————————————————————————:||
d |—————————————————————————————:||
a |——————————0———0———————2———2——:||  
e |——0—0—1—2———2———2—1—0———0————:|| 

verse: (come as you are ...)

g |—————————————————————————————:||
d |—————————————————————————————:||
a |——————————0———0———————2———2——:||  
e |——0—0—1—2———2———2—1—0———0————:||

 

AC/DC: Back In Black

G|—————————————————9—7————————————————————————————————————————||

D|————0—0—0————————————9—7————————0—0—0———————————————————————||

A|——————————0—0—0——————————10———————————0—0—0—————————————————||

E|—0———————————————————————————0——————————————7—4—7—5—7—6—7—7—||

 

Disturbed: Down with the sickness

G]——————————————–

D]——————————————–

A]0-3-0-1-0—0-3-0-1-0—0-3-0-1-0-3-0-1-0—

E]——————————————–

 

Tool: 46&2

G|—-7—–5h7—-8p7—–5h7– -3h5——

D|-0—–0——0——-0——-0———-

A|——————————————

E|——————————————

 

Deep Purple: Smoke On The Water

G|——————————————————————————||

D|——————————————————————————||

A|—————5——————6—5—————5—————||

E|—5—8————5—8—————5—8———8—5—||

 

Pink Floyd: Money

G|–4———-}

D|—4—0—–}

A|—-2-0-2—-} Repeat through the whole song

E|—–2——-}

 

Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc

G|————————————————————————————8—||

D|——————————9—8——6——6—9—8—————-—||

A|—6——6—8—9—-—-——-——-—-—-—9—6———||

E|—-——-—-—-———————————————-—-———||

 

System of a down: Hypnotize (intro)

G|—5—5—7—7—7—7—8—8—7—7—5—5—4—4—||

D|——5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5—5——||

A|—————————————————————————————|| X2

E|—————————————————————————————||

 

Kiss: God Of Thunder

G|————————————————————————————————————————————————————————||

D|————————————————————————5———————————————————————————————||

A|————7———5—7—————7———5—7———————7———5—7———3—0—3—5—6—5—3—5—||

E|—0————7——————0————7————————0————7———————————————————————||

 

Did you manage to get any them dialled?

I like to have the music playing in the background as I play along, give that a try and see if it helps. Keep practising and you could be performing in front of thousands of screaming fans before long.

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