Hi everyone, this lesson turns in a slightly different musical direction than usual on digthatbass. RHCP was my first favorite band - as a teenager when i picked up the bass, all i wanted to play was RHCP and i was playing to their records and DVDs all the time. Their passion, soul, energy and intensity struck me. They seemed like guys who have enermous talents and BIG personalities - yet they were paying attention to each other while playing and they played from their hearts and guts - they improvised, they gave it all, they dared to make mistakes in the process...and it felt true. Yep, it was entertainment too but it was a good one and i have always felt really joyful and energized when i was listening to them. Recently, I have been listening to the Chili Peppers a lot again and i feel the same things and it's great :) So, thanks for that feeling guys, luckily, these things you never forget - seeing and hearing the joy of playing is always very inspirational to me.
My previous lessons mostly focus jazz or jazz-related stuff , so this lesson might be a surprise to some of you but i encourage you to explore and play different styles and make excursions into different areas - you might get inspired or find the music that you really love playing. Sometimes, a little change can refresh your music and your angle - when you are working to better yourself on the instrument you might get lost accumulating knowledge and practising difficult stuff - you might be playing theoretically complicated things that impress musicians but you might miss to put your heart in it. Also, getting a taste of something completely different can give you new motivation and drive - so all in all, i encourage you to take a look on this lesson, and notice that sometimes "simple" is not that simple.
BY THE WAY - BASS!
By the Way is a great song and it is driven by the pumping bassline of master Flea himself - someone who i don't have to introduce to anybody. The riff itself is technically not that complicated but the feel and little nuances make it really special and hard to emulate. I have been checking on YouTube but i haven't really seen guys playing it correctly and that's why i made this lesson which is also a sort of tribute to Flea and his bass playing. I am 99% sure that this is how he plays it - if not, i hope Flea himself will show me how to do it correctly :)
That special feel comes from the low open D ghost notes played throughout the line - in the first bar, the 5th, 7th and 11th note. Basically, those notes are soul of this line - these are the most important when you want to learn this. In the video i talk about the variations (where i hear them on the record and on live versions), so check that out. The sound definitely comes from Flea's Modulus Bass but you can add compression and a drive/booster to your signal chain and set your bass tone controls to full treble to achieve a similar sound. Also, you have to play as hard as you can this time - dig in, have fun with it and rock that bass!