Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

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Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by BassLine » 22 Dec 2017, 12:54

Great article by Ed Friedland
http://www.bassplayer.com/lessons/1176/ ... ally/64334

Here's the Tommy Cogbill bass line from Wilson Pickett's version of Mustang Sally. He humbly admitted he had been playing it wrong for decades!

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What bass line have YOU been playing?
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by Rocksolid » 22 Dec 2017, 13:30

Well I'll be.
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by BazzBass » 22 Dec 2017, 13:54

don't tell me people are still playing this song? I got bored of it, oh, on the second listen
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by Petebass » 22 Dec 2017, 13:58

Ummm.....I could be plying a completely different song and the crowd will still belt it out until they go hoarse.
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by BazzBass » 22 Dec 2017, 14:52

our #1 fan in my band from the 80s-90s always yelled out for China Grove

Eventually we had to learn it, she was a very friendly fan :), well, to me anyway

Didn't really fit in with our originals and covers by REM, the Smiths, the Cure, the Smithereens hehe
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by pjm » 22 Dec 2017, 17:41

b7
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by ozrider » 22 Dec 2017, 20:27

a question that echoes through the ages...

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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by Rocksolid » 22 Dec 2017, 20:40

To be fair though. Most people cover the commitments version, and without having to listen to it again. I believe that's played fairly differently.
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by Wrenn » 22 Dec 2017, 20:43

BazzBass wrote:
22 Dec 2017, 13:54
don't tell me people are still playing this song? I got bored of it, oh, on the second listen
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by BassLine » 22 Dec 2017, 23:58

Rocksolid wrote:
22 Dec 2017, 20:40
To be fair though. Most people cover the commitments version, and without having to listen to it again. I believe that's played fairly differently.
That's the one I've been playing (Ex.2 below), but never felt it sat right though....
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Ed discusses other versions here...
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by bigswifty » 23 Dec 2017, 00:44

BazzBass wrote:
22 Dec 2017, 13:54
don't tell me people are still playing this song? I got bored of it, oh, on the second listen
If I only played stuff I've liked beyond the second listen I reckon I'd never play out at all haha.

I'm always interested when people slag off songs like Sally. In some of the blues circles people will happily cover songs just as simple and formulaic as Sally (or more so) but it's all OK because it was originally done by a blind guy with a wooden leg, starts with "Well I woke up one morning" and is about a flood, famine or fire during the depression. And that somehow makes it better.

Or then there's the people who'll roll their eyes at Brown Eyed Girl but then go on to play Gloria or Baby Please Don't Go.

As a general observation, my recreational listening is almost never stuff I actually play. Hehe it's mostly stuff I couldn't play :D

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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by veebass » 23 Dec 2017, 05:59

bigswifty wrote:
23 Dec 2017, 00:44

As a general observation, my recreational listening is almost never stuff I actually play. Hehe it's mostly stuff I couldn't play :D

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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by onehandclapping » 23 Dec 2017, 07:56

I play it the same as “BassLine” ,awesome drummer I play with it sits great.Different band not so good drummer it’s only ok,but then that goes for a lot of grooves in that band 😂
Pretty sure I learnt the Commitments version,would have long ago forgotten what I played originally it in the 60s.
Have also noticed the Commitments play Chain Chain Chain with a minor 3rd where the original by Aretha uses a major 3 rd
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by BassLine » 23 Dec 2017, 10:27

Khe Sanh is another one. It has a mixture of legato & staccato notes, accents, with plenty of ghost notes. Simple note selection but superb expression/execution.
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Re: Are you playing Mustang Sally correctly?

Post by basshack » 23 Dec 2017, 11:54

I'm pretty sure I play nothing properly. Even my dum da dum lines go astray occasionally. But since I am the only bass player at Church nobody complains; at least to my face.

We played the Commitments version in the blues band I once played with. Still gives me shivers...
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