I created a short list of these videos that I’ve watched over the years. I think they will be a great motivation to beginner bass players, and they can always look for more on youtube.
1. Stu Hamm – Flow My Tears (The Policemen Says)
I always play this song when I’m struggling to come up with anything innovative, and it always helps. If you are getting into two hand tapping, I suggest you check out this riff.
2. Ernie by FingersMoran
This song has a bunch of great examples of slap technique, strange riffing, and showcases the power of playing with a real drummer. The pedal he uses at the end is a looper.
3. Amazing Grace – Victor Wooten
Incredible video that really shows Victor incredible ears and hands (a strange, but true compliment). I will write an article later about using natural harmonics, as you can hear during the beginning of the video.
4. Helios by Michael Manring
Incredible show of musicianship. He plays a custom bass called the hyperbass, there are lots of great videos on youtube about it. Check out the tuning peg part at 20 seconds.
5. Birdland by Weather Report (Jaco Pastorius)
I played in my high school jazz band for 3 years. I wish we would have been able to come anywhere close to the awesomeness in this video. RIP Jaco.
BONUS: Drifting by Andy McKee
This simply rocks, so I had to include it. Later on I will do non-bass videos that have inspired me!