Slave to the Grind – Skid Row (Bass Play Through)

Hello Basschicks and Bassdudes!

As you may or may not know I am a Skid Row fan. I have done a few bass covers on my main channel which you can find here. I have not done a play through yet of any of their songs.

I decided to make a fun and easy play through of their 1991 hit song and album “Slave to the Grind”.

This album came out June 11, 1991 by Atlantic Records as their second studio album.

The album has a more gritty, hard rock feel with songs, such as, Monkey Business, Wasted Time, Quicksand Jesus, and Slave to the Grind.

This song is played in the key of d minor with a BPM of 133 and 4/4 time signature.


The intro already starts off fast paced with a nice succession of the note D played 17 times. This is followed by F (played as an quarter note) then D again played as 16th notes twelve times. This sort of progression goes on alternating between 16th notes, quarter note, back to 16th notes and so on. There are a couple of times when an 8th note sneaks in.


This is the main theme of the song. This is the most important element to making this song come alive. This part is played very fast with each note alternating between a 16th and an 8th note.


This is a simple quarter note half note progression. This gives you a short break from all of the quick note progressions in the previous measures.


This first version is a simple bass line utilizing the root, third and fourth intervals of the d minor scale.


This is the version that I came up with. I am basically walking the d minor scale.


This is a great transition before the guitar solo to have a nice walking bass line.


The bass part for the guitar solo is the same style of notes (8th – 16th) but played up a perfect 4th. Basically we go from playing F – D to Bb – G.


Very similar to Interlude 1 whereas at the end we are playing more A notes.


You play the last couple of notes in the verse and a few C notes to end.

One response to “Slave to the Grind – Skid Row (Bass Play Through)”

  1. Very energetic post, I loved that bit. Will there be a
    part 2?

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