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How to Play California Girls on Bass

Here’s a how to play California Girls by the Beach Boys on bass. (bass tab here)

This song is an excellent example of the root, 5th and 6th notes being used to create an awesome bass line. The root, 5th, and 6th notes of the chords are being played on top of the chords:

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  • B – R B, 5 F#, 6 G#
  • E – R E, 5 B, 6 C#
  • F# – R F#, 5 C#, 6 D#

This pattern is used to create that happy, cheerful sound as it plays along with the major chords and keys.

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Song Info:

  • Album: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) – > Download Album Here
  • Year: 1965
  • Bassist: Carol Kaye
  • Album Tracks:
    • The Girl From New York City
    • Amusement Parks U.S.A.
    • Then I Kissed Her
    • Salt Lake City
    • Girl Don’t Tell Me
    • Help Me, Rhonda
    • California Girls
    • Let Him Run Wild
    • You’re So Good To Me
    • Summer Means New Love
    • I’m Bugged At My Ol’ Man
    • And Your Dream Comes True

California Girls Lyrics:

Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The Mid-West farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand

I been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back in the states
Back to the cutest girls in the world

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)

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