Learning your first instrument (mine was the drums) is an exhilarating experience, but it can also be discouraging at first. Years and years of practice and dedication is a lot to ask for, and I know I was frustrated when I didn’t know absolutely everything about the drums when I picked up my first pair of sticks. Eventually I developed patience and realized that it’s quite impossible to know every little detail about music or its many instruments. After all, music is an ever-evolving thing, which is what makes it so fascinating.
I’m now learning my second instrument – the bass guitar – and I’ve found that I’m much more initially focused this time around. But enough of my rambling, this week’s 3 Of The Week is a collection of songs that I’m currently attempting to learn on bass.
1. “Smile In Your Sleep” – Silverstein
When we list off the greatest bassists of all time, Silverstein’s Billy Hamilton probably won’t make the cut. Still, here he can keep a solid rhythm (and “Smile In Your Sleep” is one of my favorite Silverstein songs) that doesn’t include anything overly complicated. While definitely not their most complex song, “Smile In Your Sleep” is a great starting point for beginners like myself. Plus, even after all these years, it’s still such a catchy track that can re-played over and over again.
2. “It Ain’t Like That” – Alice in Chains
“It Ain’t Like That,” from Alice in Chains’ first album Facelift, is a droning, weird track. Mike Starr, as always, adds a lot of depth and weirdness to his bass part. Still, it’s hardly a complex song when put against songs like “Love, Hate, Love” or “Sickman,” but fortunately, it’s another solid beginner song that provides the right amount of strangeness.
3. “Try Honesty” – Billy Talent
Sure, Billy Talent III was kind of a disaster, but Billy Talent has always been one of the best punk bands around. “Try Honesty,” the first single from their self-titled debut album, is one of the strongest tracks on the album, showcasing a wide range of sound and emotion. Jonathan Gallant’s bass part gives the track a splendid sense of depth and provides quite a challenge for this beginner.
So, readers out there learning a new instrument: what songs are you currently learning? What’s been the biggest challenge so far? Inquiring minds want to know, or at least I do. Share below.