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Those bass sounds

Our two guests kindly answered the last week's topic: Bass sounds of 'A Kind Of Magic' and 'Breakthru'. Thank you very much Phlipp and Gonzalo for helping again!

"A Kind Of Magic" is basically quite simple ,as it mostly consists of four-five not too difficult patterns. So most of this song is actually quite suitable for beginners (though some people might have problems with the rhythm). However,John does some little fills and rhytmic/melodic variations as well,so if you want to play it exactly the same way as he did,it can get a bit more tricky,but otherwise it's quite easy.

Your friend is quite right about "Breakthru": The left-hand in the bass-solo is rather easy.The difficult thing is the rhythm and the speed (180 bpm !!!),so you will need some practice for the right hand. The stuff around 3:14 till 3:18 is really a bit difficult,as it's once again very fast and you have to change the left-hand a lot (and the right-hand has to change between the strings quite quickly). I'm quite sure that John plugged the strings with his fingers on "Breakthru".

In my opinion, A Kind Of Magic is easy to play, but anyway the song requires attention because of its many changes (small changes, but definers of the line). If I had to say what's Queen's more difficult line, I think I would say none of them is too difficult, but I also would say that the rythmic part is one of the hardest a bassist can find because of John's impeccable performance (he's like a metronome!!).
Sammy who?

You know Sammy is a character of John's song 'Spread Your Wings', but actually who do you think that sammy is? Just his imagination? One of my japanese guests guesses that it may be Sammy Davis Jr., a famous American actor/musician. That song is very dramatic indeed. Let me tell your opinion!

Thank you for reading! See you next week!