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You Get What You Give: Bass Cover w/ Slow Version -- New Radicals

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Published on May 23, 2011

This is a note-for-note transcription of one of my all-time favorite bass tracks. It's John Pierce's line for the New Radicals song "You Get What You Give" from their 1998 album "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too". John was a hired gun on this track and to my knowledge did not play live with the band (John has been with "Huey Lewis & The News" since '95) The bass line roams around very impressively both melodically and rhythmically. It pretty much drives this song. It's a great example of how the bass line can be busy without stepping on anything. Kind of a throwback to James Jamerson's work with Motown.

The first part of the video is me playing along at tempo, and then immediately after that, I play through the entire song at half speed. This isn't a particularly difficult bass line technically, however, the tricky part is that it almost never repeats. There are so many variations, and they just keep coming.

For me, the key to learning a song like this is to break it down into small sections; I start with the intro and actually write out every note. Then I move on to the first verse, then the second verse, chorus, etc. One section at a time until I get through the entire song. If there's a particularly difficult measure or two, I might leave them blank and come back to them later. If you want to try and learn this (or any song) in addition to using this video, I also suggest loading a high quality mp3 of the original track into an mp3 player such as "Amazing Slow Downer". This software is an incredibly helpful tool for isolating & looping small sections of a song, and slowing it down while still keeping the song at the correct pitch. There are other programs like it with similar functions.

A transcription takes time and patience ...can't expect to get the whole thing in one try, at least not on a song like this one. As you can probably see, I am reading the entire time. It would take me days and days of repetition to commit a part like this entirely to memory. As a result, when I've played this live I usually wind up improvising my way through.

The structure is:
Intro
Verse
Verse
Chorus
Verse
Chorus
Bridge
Chorus
Chorus (repeat & fade)


FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!!

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