How To Play: MGMT – Electric Feel [Bass Lesson with TABS]

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Quick lesson on how to play the main bass line (verse and chorus) to the song “Electric Feel” by MGMT. First, I play it at the original tempo (102 BPM) and t…

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this is great but the 6, 6 is supposed to be 6,8 and then the 8,8 is
supposed to be 7 and 10. that way sounds better but either way its good

Written By OutOfWack583 on July 8th, 2014 @ 7:59 am

Honestly you are the bass guitar player I watch on YouTube !!!

Written By Dimh Co. on July 8th, 2014 @ 8:03 am

I meant the only…..

Written By Dimh Co. on July 8th, 2014 @ 8:34 am

Interesting, well this is the way I heard it so it sounds right to me haha.

Written By AdamStevensBass on July 8th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

to all bass players….. ignore your strongest finger and work with your
pinky the most…… It will give you a HUGE advantage…..

Written By KaslarProductions on July 8th, 2014 @ 10:07 am

@ShakeYourCarBass that’s just one of jaco’s signature basslines. if you
listen to his early tapes you can hear how he slowly started using that
lick. it’s cool to hear how he got ideas that he used later on in his life
from when he was 19 years old.

Written By jryuwah on July 8th, 2014 @ 11:03 am

is this really Jaco? Wow! if it is this unbelievable. it looks like him and
the hands look like his but is this him?

Written By musician184 on July 8th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

great player .,Rude in a Subtle way..

Written By Felix Ayodele on July 8th, 2014 @ 11:54 am

@Bmadink There wouldn’t be Victor without Jaco

Written By peiisaac on July 8th, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

@musician184 He’s a famous bad ass bassist– Jerry Jemmott. One of the few
R&B and jazz performers that was a heavy influence on Jaco. By this time in
his career, Jaco’s mental health had blacklisted him from performing. He
wouldn’t show up; he’d painted his face black and tossed his bass into the
Sea of Japan, etc. Jemmott got him this gig. Jaco was living in the street!
Jaco USED to just walk in backstage of any famous performer and be welcomed
but in the end was killed by a bouncer at a BAR.

Written By 4rainbowed on July 8th, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

what kind of guitar is that one the interviewer has?

Written By suicidewarpig on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

who’s the guy talking to jaco?

Written By Rafescow on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

I’ve watched a lot of Pastorius videos now and I just don’t see it. No
groove, just fast widdly-widdly stuff and the overuse of harmonics. Like
every bass virtuoso. The interviewer is a better bass player. He
demonstrates groove. I’m guessing only a tiny proportion of Pastorius
devotees can dance.

Written By Fungoloify on July 8th, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

@Fungoloify okay listen to “Come on Come over” and get back to us.

Written By Brandon Bowlds on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

@guitarstudent101 good point

Written By VictorBacau on July 8th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

how old is jaco in this video??? anyone have a clue?

Written By go2illa on July 8th, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

…arguing over ‘who is better than who’ is as ridiculous as arguing over
what the best plate of food is. Fact of the matter – its subjective. Always
has been, always will be. Technique never equates creativity. Allmusic and
the like will often voice their know it all pretentious opinions but it
NEVER takes away from the fact that the human race is unique and we like
what we like regardless of the “experts” opinions.

Written By dillinjaesc on July 8th, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

he was one groovy motherfucker, that jaco

Written By samthekatalyst on July 8th, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

“stupid youtubers who think people like pete wance” …or geddy lee

Written By Gruuvin on July 8th, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

@Fungoloify you’re drunk! aren’t you?

Written By marcello1993ful on July 8th, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

i love how you can hear jerry say “DAMN!” at the 3:34 mark!

Written By eyesnteeeth on July 8th, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

He’s the Jimi Hendrix of Bass

Written By jonathan salas on July 8th, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

Jaco fuckin rules motherfuckerz!!!!

Written By smoothbeer4u on July 8th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

I don’t know why you’re getting thumbs down, I thought that was quite funny

Written By Fonk Squid on July 8th, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

@Fungoloify No. You don’t see it b/c this is close to the end of Jaco’s
short life. He was the SHIT, no kidding. But you are now seeing a guy who
was suffering from Bi-Polar Shizophrenia and alcohol/drug abuse. He
couldn’t get a gig! That’s why you don’t see it– he was one of those
shining stars that burns to brightly too fast and dies. His old friend &
bassist, Jerry Jemmott who interviews him here must have felt it. No

Written By 4rainbowed on July 8th, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

This all comes from an instructional VHS (then DVD) “Jaco Pastorius: Modern
Electric Bass” which was filmed in the mid 80′s just before his death. The
lesson book came with the video which was the written music (no tabs) for
each exercise referenced in the video. You can probably find it on amazon
or ebay, if you’re a bassist or into Jaco or jazz it’s pretty interesting
to watch/play along with or use as a practice tool which is pretty neat.

Written By deloreanguy123 on July 8th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

@Fungoloify no offense but are you really that stupid? can you not see the
genius 16th note grooves and genius fills? it doesn’t have to be slow to
have groove, look at tower of power.

Written By bonfirejovi on July 8th, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

jaco is a genius, and a truely cool cat.

Written By godwhyisthistaken on July 8th, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

Jaco a jazz snob? Jazz snobs only play jazz. to them there is nothing else
worth hearing. obviously jaco is more than that.

Written By 4578a on July 8th, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

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