Bass Guitar Lesson Barbarism Begins At Home (The Smiths)

Indie rock cover bandPunch The Air‘ bass player (And lead singer) Andrew Starkey is a massive fan of The Smiths. Andy Rourke is one of our Andy’s favourite bass players and one of the reasons Andrew Starkey plays Fender Precision bass guitars. Andrew decided to help others out who want a bass guitar lesson Barbarism Begins At Home to learn a bit of the funkiness of Mr Rourke and so created this instructional video.

Bass Guitar Lesson Barbarism Begins At Home (The Smiths)

You can download & print out the bass tab to Barbarism Begins At Home to make it easier to play along to the above video.

Right click on each of the below and select ‘Save Link As’ to download the bass mp3 to Bass Guitar Lesson Barbarism Begins At Home to practice against. Each mp3 is repeated multiple times to save you rewinding.

1st – 20% Slower
2nd – 15% Slower
3rd – 10% Slower
4th – 5% Slower
5th – Normal Speed

How to get better at playing this bassline.

This is quite a tricky bass guitar line to master and it’s not one for complete novices. That said though, if you keep at it, start very slowly and over time build it up. You will nail it eventually. It’s as much about building up muscle memory on your bass guitar as much as anything else. Play it numerous times a day, then play it without looking over at your hands at all. When you’re not overly thinking about it anymore, thats when you know you’ve got it licked. Do you know what bass guitar Andy is playing in the image below?

Bass Guitar Lesson Barbarism Begins At Home The Smiths Andy Rourke
Bass Guitar Lesson Barbarism Begins At Home The Smiths Andy Rourke

Andy Starkey is also available to give bass guitar lessons in and around the Lichfield, Staffordshire area. Find out more about what Andy can teach you on the Lichfield Bass Guitar Teacher page. Andy works on his own unique way of teaching which doesn’t involve learning notes or theory. Its just about working out how to play your favourite bass lines and enjoying yourself. What could be a better way of learning how to play an instrument than from someone who performs live for a living?