In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar, Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme explained why The Beatles’ Paul McCartney is important about evolution of bass guitar.
He said that ‘McCartney was probably the master at really making the bass an incredibly melodic instrument’. Here’s the statement:
“I think Paul McCartney was probably the master at really making the bass an incredibly melodic instrument. I think he’s one of the rare bass players where you can actually sing the bass lines.
There’s not many people you can say that about. Although Paul McCartney probably wasn’t the most technically gifted bass player, he was certainly one of the most important at making the bass a really melodic instrument. I don’t think a lot of people were doing that back then.
He also revealed the story of how he got his first bass guitar and said:
There was a girl who was friends with Matt and Dom because they were a school year ahead of me. There was a girl who was in their school year and she had a bass. I can’t even really remember what it was called. It was cheap and a piece of shit.
I think it was just called a Mustang. She sold me this bass for 40 quid and it was horrible and the intonation was fucked. It was one of those basses you pick up and go, “This is clearly not a fine instrument.”
Click here to entire interview.