1980s Liverpool bands: 5 Great Sex Pistols Tracks (aka How I Learned To Play Bass)
As I mention in Bombed Out!, inspired by Punk bands, I bought my first bass guitar using money saved from a paper round, when I was 16, in late 1978.
It was rubbish; it cost twenty quid, and I bought it from Cooks Stores, a second hand shop in Mount Pleasant, Waterloo, Liverpool, along with a practice amp for a fiver. I’ve still got the amp, but unfortunately I think I binned the guitar a few years ago, which I’m kicking myself about now.
Once the guitar and amp were sorted, I then bought a “How to play the bass” chord book from Frank Hessy’s music shop in Liverpool City Centre, and I was all set.
The only way I could really learn to play the bass was by listening to Punk records and playing along with them, and working out what notes I was playing by referring to the book. Of course the best ones to learn to play along to had powerful but simple bass lines, and that’s why I came to rely on the Sex Pistols tracks.
Read the full article, see more photos and listen to the Sex Pistols tracks here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/music/5-great-sex-pistols-tracks-aka-how-i-learned-to-play-bass/
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