Monthly Staff Picks!Each month we like to give one of our teachers a chance to share with us some songs or albums they consider essential listening. This month, Living Bass Legend P-Nut gives us his picks for five essential songs every student should have on their radar.
1) Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin I know it's a tune that so many guitarists learn first but the arrangement is one of the best ever for a tune that is popular. This is a tune that's played on rock, r&b, country, jazz and all other genres. Check out the version by Stanley Jordan and for the best live version, look at the live version Heart does at the Kennedy Center.
2) Roundabout by Yes
This is a tune that has everything from harmonics, cool bass line, good drumming and keyboards. If you want to get into Progressive Rock, this is a must learn tune and if you're not into Progressive Rock, it's still a must learn tune.
3) Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is a writing genius and this tune is one of many that shows this. Blues bands, Rock bands, jazz bands and even rubber bands (lol) cover this tune. It's a must know in your musical repertoire.
4) Until You Come Back To Me by Aretha Franklin
The studio version of this tune is like a magic trick, you hear it and say "cool tune" but when you break it down to learn it , you say OMG!!! Tight interactions between drums and bass, tasty keys , guitar and angelic background vocals. It's more complex than it initially sounds plus it was written by Stevie Wonder!
5) Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
Yesss, another Stevie tune, lol. This is another tune covered by various genres of music. It has horn lines from Duke Ellington's era, the tune is dedicated to Duke, a bass line that's a funk and jazz mixture and one of the most memorable unison lines ever written. When you learn this tune,correctly, you have moved up to another level.