Music 101: The Bass

Do you have a favorite bass player? Is yours on this list?

Paul McCartney, “Band On The Run” recording session, 1973

Being a bass player in a band can be a thankless gig. But the bass plays an important part in rhythm communication between percussion and guitar. Over the years there have been some truly phenomenal bassists and memorable bass lines. This episode of Music 101 was all about the bass, primarily how it has been used in rock.

Music 101 the Bass Playlist:

The Beatles “Come Together”

Sonny & Cher “The Beat Goes On”

Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On”

Jaco Pastorious “Donna Lee”

Graham Central Station “Hair”

Fleetwood Mac “The Chain”

Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”

Queen “Another One Bites The Dust”

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give It Away”


Music 101 airs on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MST, with a repeat of the show on Wednesday at 8 pm MST. Listen from anywhere in the world.

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