The bass line from Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel is one of the best of all time. It was played by one of my favourite bassists, the great Tony Levin.
If you're a fan of his, check out this lesson:
In this bass tutorial, I show you how to play Sledgehammer plus how to get really close to the original bass tone.
Sledgehammer Bass Tone
- A fretless bass
- Octave pedal or plugin. I used Logic's Dr. Octave. The industry standard is the Boss OC2.
This is Tony talking about it during a documentary interview.
And here's the original line in all it's glory.
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