Sarcastic wrote: Lt. Dish wrote:
Paul McCartney is an underrated bassist. No one really talks about him, but his lines were awesome.
A big reason I love "Paperback Writer" is because of the prominence of the bass.
Yeah. Very melodic bass player. Billy Sheehan, who's one of my big influences quotes Paul as one of his favorite bassists because his lines moved those songs along and added a lot of life to them.
I would argue that the two biggest, lasting musical impacts the Beatles had as musicians was 1) writing their own repertoire (Look at how many covers are on their early albums; that was par for the course in the 50s and 60s. The singer/songwriter didn't really exist until artists like the Beatles and Dylan came along), and 2) McCartney's bass playing. Before him, the bass was just the root note of the musical chord, maybe the odd I-IV combo. But McCartney played actual melodies on the bass, which was revelatory. Honestly, I would say he had nearly as big an impact on guitar players as he did bass players, simply because he turned the instrument into a feature rather than a bauble.
Lt. Dish wrote:I've always wanted to learn to play guitar.
You can learn. You don't have to strive to be a virtuoso, as it's fun to play even the easier songs. Get a Fender Strat and either find a local teacher or sign up to a website and work with a teacher online (there are a few good sites). I've played for 20+ years but it's never too late to begin.
I started in 1983 at the tender age of 10. Never had any career aspirations or anything, altho by my late teens I was actually pretty good. But I love being able to pick up a guitar and play a song that means something to me, or my wife.
FreeCandy44 wrote:I always considered Sgt Pepper as there best.
It's certainly my favorite.