Transcription: Flea Whatchu’ Playin’?

We sit down with Flea to pick his brain on eight bass moments from the Chili Pepper's new albums and break them down for you

Transcription: Flea Whatchu’ Playin’?

We sit down with Flea to pick his brain on eight bass moments from the Chili Pepper's new albums and break them down for you

Call it a bass player’s dream: The Red Hot Chili Peppers releasing two albums last year (34 tracks in all) meant a whole lot of ideas from the imaginative mind of Flea. Manning his 1961 Fender Jazz Bass (except where noted below), the sexagenarian stringsmith sure delivered. Example 1 shows the opening four bars of “Aquatic Mouth Dance,” from Unlimited Love, which also serves as the verse/chorus groove, with variations. Sit in the pocket, even though you’re driving the song. Flea utilizes his trademark punk-funk hard-plucking approach, via his alternating index and middle fingers, to create the song’s powerful subhook. He offers, “I came into our rehearsal room first thing, walked over and picked up my bass, and this line came out. With every bass part I create, I’m always trying to tell a story. I look at the other guys’ parts as stories, too, so it’s stories within stories that work in counterpoint with each
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Chris Jisi   By: Chris Jisi

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