The Bass Sound of Tina Weymouth | Reverb Bass Tricks

The Bass Sound of Tina Weymouth | Reverb Bass Tricks


(bass guitar thrumming) – Hey, this is Jeremy from Reverb.com and today we’re gonna talk
Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame. Tina was a super creative bass player who really had a knack for
finding the perfect part for a song. A part that was hummable, danceable, grooved like crazy, and are super fun to play. Unlike a lot of players, Tina used all sorts of different basses. So maybe there’s not one
that really says Tina. But she did use a Mustang
Bass early on in her career. She’s used all sorts of custom basses. We’ve seen her playing
Hofners, jazz basses. She really used whatever
she needed to fit the part and the sound for the tune. Not to mention that Talking
Heads and Tom Tom Club both have long careers and a lot of different
sounds and different styles. (“Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town”) What struck me when learning
some of Tina’s lines is how simple they were but how they really
seemed to make the song. This reminded me a lot of
Duck Dunn and James Jamerson. So it was no surprise to me when looking through
some of her interviews that she mentioned both of those players as big influences on her. (“Psycho Killer”) ♪ Bah ba bah bah ba bah bah bah bah ♪ ♪ Run run ♪ ♪ Run run run away ♪ – So this line is a great example of her Motown influences. So when she plays. (bass thrumming) That’s classic Motown stuff right there. Here’s Found A Job off of More Songs About
Buildings and Food. This album Bryan Eno produced. And you can really hear their art rock angular aspects come out. This is a super weird, great funky bassline that reminds me of ’80s electro
James Brown with a pick. (“Found A Job”) ♪ That television ♪ ♪ What a bad picture ♪ ♪ Inventing situations ♪ ♪ Putting them on TV ♪ – Yeah, so Found A Job
is a super cool line. It’s highly melodic and it’s kinda strange, especially against the guitar parts which are super 16th heavy. She’s playing this very bouncy, melodic, kind of James Brown-esque parts with crazy slides. Like this part. (bass thrumming) So that’s this great slide from the root to the third. And then this kind of big pull offs which are super cool and the phrase happens like. (bass thrumming) Happens three times, so it’s sort of like an odd number and loops back around in the
other part in a great way. I just love this line. I could play along to it kinda all day. So in addition to Talking Heads, Tina also had a side project
with her husband Chris called Tom Tom Club. Tom Tom Club was way dancey and way cool. This is a song Genius Of Love off their debut record. (“Genius Of Love”) ♪ All that weekend ♪ ♪ Boyfriend was missing ♪ – Part of what makes this bassline great is the wild slide that is really part of the line. It’s not just like an accent or a fill. You know, it’s part of the whole thing. (bass thrumming) Tina’s lines are super fun
to play and very inspiring. They’re really accessible. You know, they’re not a lot of notes. They’re easy to learn. Put on Talking Heads
or Tom Tom Club record and play along and have fun. (“Thank You For Sending Me An Angel”)

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