Sick Lix

Sick Lix #60 – Joe Dart

From the first moment that I heard this lick, I had to stop what I was doing and learn it. Joe is su...

Sick Lix #59 – Marcus Miller

It’s a simple lick, but it cracks a smile on my face every time. Thanks Marcus! Like the shirt...

Sick Lix #58 – Noel Redding

This record was stomping grounds for me when I was learning how to play bass – Noel’s pl...

Sick Lix #57 – Dave LaRue (Kayla)

My brother-in-law introduced me to this band Flying Colors, and I immediately fell in love with the ...

Sick Lix #56 – Flea (Behind the Sun)

I remember hearing this song back in the mid 90’s – I was probably 7 or 8 years old and ...

Sick Lix #55 – Pino Palladino (Wait Until Tomorrow)

Pino Palladino is, without doubt, one of the greatest bass players of all time. He’s also a ma...

Sick Lix: Joe Dart (Cory Wong)

I practiced this Sick Lick over and over and over, and I still don’t think I’m doing it ...

Sick Lix: Eben D’Amico (At Your Funeral)

This particular record by Saves the Day is a personal favorite of mine – the bass playing is j...

Sick Lix: Adam Nitti (Skitzo)

Adam Nitti has long since been a hero of mine ever since I first met him at one of Victor WootenR...

Sick Lix: Roger Lima (Automatic)

In the 7th grade my friend Ken brought me this Less Than Jake CD and told me to try and learn this s...

Sick Lix: Stanley Clarke (School Days)

This record needs no introduction. This is the best song in the world, hands down. It is singularly ...

Sick Lix: Chris Squire (Long Distance Runaround)

My dad first introduced me to this song when I was about 10, and I just could not wrap my head aroun...

Sick Lix: Hunter Burgan (Catch a Hot One)

I got this record for my 14th birthday because I was the biggest AFI fan. I’ve always adored H...

Sick Lix: Dan Briggs (Astral Body)

I first discovered Between the Buried and Me when I was 17 years old, working at a record store (I j...

Sick Lix: Stuart Zender (Scam)

Jamiroquai needs no introduction here at The Bassist, and neither does the groove and sickness that ...

Sick Lix: Fat Mike (The Idiots are Taking Over)

NOFX is one of my favorite punk rock bands, and Fat Mike never fails to amuse me! I’m not a ve...

Sick Lix: Jaco Pastorius (Soul Intro)

Jaco is not only the King of Bass, but also the King of Sick Lix! And probably the king of a lot of ...

Sick Lix #43 – Maurice Fitzgerald (We’re Blessed)

This was a request from one of you, so ask and you shall receive! I had a hard time finding out who ...

Sick Lix: Geddy Lee (Free Will)

This was the first bass solo that I ever “learned.” I didn’t actually learn it not...

Sick Lix: Flea (Higher Ground)

Flea has and always will be one of my favorite bass players. He was such an inspiration and a huge i...

Sick Lix: Tony Williams (Stuck in the Middle With You)

I’ve always adored playing this song. It reminds me of how my father plays bass, and my drumme...

Sick Lix: Ed Breckenridge (Hoods on Peregrine)

This record was a big deal for me; 2003 was the year I started dating my wife, the year I quit high ...

Sick Lix: Gerald Johnson (Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma)

I had never heard this song until it came on the radio in a restaurant I was at. I wrote it down on ...

Sick Lix: Tim Foreman (Selling the News)

I love Tim Foreman. If I could trade places with any bass player in the world it would be him; I lov...

Sick Lix: Jamareo Artis (Uptown Funk)

You know this song, but did you know that Jamareo Artis is one of the Sickest bass players on the pl...

Sick Lix: Randy Bradbury (Final Day)

This Pennywise record, Full Circle, changed my life as an 11 year old punk skater who was dabbling i...

Sick Lix: Victor Wooten (Crack it Way Open)

I feel I will always be indebted to Victor Wooten. The head of this tune is so awesome that I heard ...

Sick Lix: John Paul Jones (Ramble On)

This is perhaps the greatest bass line of all time. It’s my father’s favorite, actually....

Sick Lix: Muzz Skillings (Cult of Personality)

I remember rocking out to this song in my uncle’s garage back in the early 90’s. He woul...

Sick Lix: Chuck Rainey (Do You Remember)

Someone commented on one of these Sick Lix videos recently saying that I should check out The Crusad...

Sick Lix: Roger Lima (All My Best Friends are Metalheads)

Roger Lima was one of my earliest influences as a young, budding bassist. I still can’t play m...

Sick Lix: Tal Wilkenfeld (BC)

I fell in love with Tal’s effortless tone and melodicism from the very first time that I heard...

Sick Lix: Chris Aiken (Velvet Alley)

I’ve always been a Strung Out fan, and that’s not just because they hail from the neighb...

Sick Lix: Donald "Duck" Dunn (She Caught the Katy)

The Blues Brothers is and always will be one of my favorite movies of all time. Watching it almost w...

Sick Lix: Robert Sledge (Do It Anyway)

A young student brought this song to my attention some years ago, being a huge Ben Folds fan. I alwa...

Sick Lix: Nathan Watts & Stevie Wonder (Isn’t She Lovely)

Apparently this song was originally recorded by Nathan Watts but then overdubbed on synth bass by St...

Sick Lix: Curt Smith (Head Over Heels)

Donnie Darko is a favorite movie of my wife and I. This song (and the whole soundtrack, really) brou...

Sick Lix: James Jamerson (I Can’t Get Next To You)

The man, the myth and the legend! James Jamerson is the greatest bass player you’ve never hear...

Sick Lix: Stanley Clarke (Spain)

Stanley is the reason that I play bass; he’s truly a Sick force to be reckoned with and this t...

Sick Lix: Steven Dail (Stein’s Theme)

Project 86 was one of my favorite bands back in high school, and I always adored this Sick Lick. I l...

Sick Lix: Verdine White (Shining Star)

Verdine White is responsible for this Sickest of Lix that has weaved it’s way into every funk ...

Sick Lix: Wilton Felder (I Want You Back)

How can you not smile while you play this groove? It’s magic. Try to be sad while you listen t...

Sick Lix: Ed Breckenridge (To What End)

This was the song that initially turned me on to Thrice back when I was in high school. I recall my ...

Sick Lix: Jon Walker (Mad As Rabbits)

This Panic! at the Disco record is one of my all-time favorite records. I love the approach that the...

Sick Lix: Anthony Jackson #2 (Move Me No Mountain)

Here’s part two to last week’s Sick Lix. Anthony Jackson is the King of Groove, the Prin...

Sick Lix: Anthony Jackson #1 (Move Me No Mountain)

Here’s a classic gem featuring one of the greatest bass players of all time. You’ll need...

Sick Lix: The Time Has Come

Worship music seems to leave the bass player in the dust more often than not, but not on this tune! ...

Sick Lix: Paul Turner (Smoke and Mirrors)

I love Jamiroquai so much that it actually makes me sad that I can’t dance, because there̵...

Sick Lix: Paul Bushnell (Haven’t Met You Yet)

This lick makes me smile every time. I literally laugh out loud because it makes me feel so good. Wh...

Sick Lix: Tim Foreman (Shake This Feeling)

I got my first Switchfoot cassette (ya, I’ve been a fan for that long!) back in 1998, and my l...

Sick Lix: Adam Nitti (Antisocialmedia)

I first met Adam at a masterclass he did in Nashville when I was 17. I fell in love with his techniq...

Sick Lix: Jason Harper (Cheat Me)

Dogwood was one of my favorite bands back when I was a youngster, and their 2000 release Building a ...

Sick Lix: Joe Dart (Welcome to Vulf Records)

I became a HUGE fan from the moment I first heard Vulfpeck. They’re creative, innovative, uniq...

Sick Lix: Big Ol’ Game

I wish that I knew who this bass player was, because his pocket is killer on this tune, and the enti...

Sick Lix: Forget You

I fell in love with this tune the moment I heard it, and the groove is strong with this player. I do...

Sick Lix: Nathan Watts (Sir Duke)

Groove legend Nathan Watts absolutely destroys this Stevie Wonder song, along with the rest of the b...

Sick Lix: Don Ciccone (December, 1963)

Don Ciccone, from the band The Four Seasons, plays not only one of my favorite grooves of all time, ...

Sick Lix: Ed Breckenridge (Stare at the Sun)

Ed Breckenridge, from the band Thrice, has been one of my favorite bass players since I was 15 years...

Sick Lix: John Billings #2 (Happy Song)

Here’s another sick lick from John Billings on the tune, Happy Song, from Victor Wooten’...

Sick Lix: John Billings #1 (Happy Song)

Here’s a sick lick from John Billings on the tune, Happy Song, from Victor Wooten’s Palm...