Sweet Emotion: Bass Intro (Talking Technique)

Sweet Emotion Bass Aerosmith

 Bass Intro

The iconic Aerosmith song “Sweet Emotion” boasts a killer bass line.

And because the bass starts the song – you must do it convincingly straight from the very first note with a consistent feel and at tempo! No margin for error, as all eyes and ears are on you laying down this exposed intro!

Check out the Aerosmith live version:

Here is the PDF with the Sweet Emotion Bass intro and all the exercises!

There are many live versions Aerosmith did that are different including some that were  played with a pick. I am presenting the original version of this song as iconified in the 1975 album Toys in the Attic.

By all means, make it your own with some stylistic tweaks, but for goodness sake, go practice this line! It is a killer technical exercise and nails rhythm too! Plus, it may come in handy during your next dance set! Nothing like this tune to get people out of their seats and on to the dance floor when they hear that epic intro!

Here is a gem for you: Watch Steven Tyler show Tal Wilkenfeld how he wants the line for this particular show. It’s slightly different than the original, which is likely what Tal was familiar with. Pro that she is, watch how she immediately pivots to what the boss asks: https://youtu.be/C2wUsLGYZ-w?t=31

Here is the original post of my Sweet Emotion Talking Technique on notreble.

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I regard this Talking Technique similar to the Sting Groove Workshop in that it uses a song to teach you technique. And theory! Triple whammy I say 🙂



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Music THeory for the bass player courseBass by Marleaux

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Strings by Dean Markley

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