Love Will Tear Us Apart - A Peter Hook Classic Bass Line! (2023)


This week we’re going to look at a classic bass line from the song Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division played by the legendary Peter Hook. This is a great bass line to play for players of any level. It’s instantly recognisable, it’s super melodic and it features a great use of open string drones to give that chordal sound. We’ll break it down and I’ll give you some tips on muting and fingering.

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Foreign hi again Mark here from Talking bass this week, we're going to look at a classic bass line from the song.

Love will tear us apart by Joy Division played by the legendary Peter hook.

This is a great bass line to play for players of any level.

It's instantly recognizable.

It's super melodic and it features a great use of open string drones to give that chordal sound, we'll break it down and I'll give you some tips on muting and fingering.

So, let's get into it.

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If you want to ask any questions, so go check it out so for this riff you're going to want to use a pick and the main riff sounds like this foreign.

So first, let's just work through the notes in there.

So we begin on an e and Ninth fret of the G string and we're also playing the open D.

That's going to act as a little drone.

So okay! So that's the first note there and I'm fretting that with the index finger So Okay, so we've got a few hits on that.

Then we work up: F sharp G, so that's 11th, fret n to 12th fret on the on the G string and we're keeping that low D strings running out.

So so we've played uh all fretted with the first finger there for the uh for the E, then for the F, sharp and G I'm using the third finger and the fourth finger and we come back down so we've got.

Then we shift down with the index finger down to the seventh fret of the G string.

So next we keep that first finger held there at the southern front of the G string and we place the third finger.

The ring finger down on the B of the ninth fret of the D string, giving us this nice little minor third there.

So we played that for a quarter note and then a bunch of eighth notes.

So we've got one two and three and four hands: okay, okay and then we drop down to the a seventh fret of the D string fretted with the second finger welcome to Y in a second.

So we've got that a there and the open a string as our drone okay.

So we just play eighth notes through the bar, so one and two and three three four and then on the and at the end we jump back up to the D at the seventh fret of the G string with the D drone.

Okay, and that's why we played that with the second finger.

So it's easy to then shift up to the first finger on that D and then leading back up, okay, so, okay, so again, very very slowly round and round.

We have thank you, okay, so first things, first I'm, obviously using a pick here and using a Fender precision, Peter uses a Yamaha BB 1200s, which featured a split coil pickup like a Precision but in Reverse configuration.

So the pickup is Switched round with the E and the a string side closer to the bridge and the d and g strings closer to the neck, and this is supposed to add a slightly tighter tone to the lower strings and a fatter sound to the upper strings.

How much difference it really makes is hard to say, but for this lesson, I'm using a regular old Precision with the traditional split coal pickup placement, another thing Peter hook uses a lot, is chorus.

Now people often say that love will tear us apart features his signature, Electro, harmonics, clone method pedal, but the isolated bass tracks that you can find on YouTube.

Don't sound, particularly chorusy to me.

There might be a slight bit there live.

You can definitely hear it, but on the recording not so much anyway, I'll add chorus just for the whole hooky Vibe, but I don't have a clone method pedal.

So you'll have to be content with a much cheaper TC electronic Corona pedal now in terms, of technique I've worked, through the fretting hand fingers already.

Although I have noticed that Peter tends to use more first and second fingers on the G string rather than my third and fourth so I'm playing, but he he just uses the first and second fingers and moves it up either way works fine but I find that using the third and fourth fingers helps with the moving around so then you can just slide down with that finger you don't have to be so choppy with the movement but you know that's just me if you want to use two fingers that's fine in the picking hand you can use alternate picking throughout the whole thing so you just stick to a rigid, you know alternate picking and remember we're playing two strings at all times.

So you'll need to be a little.

Looser in the hand than you would for single string.

Picking and um so if I just work through with complete, alternate picking so when I do that, I'm, starting with a down stroke, all alternate and then you'll be on an upstroke when you reach that little uh third, there so and then you'll be on another upstroke.

Just on the final note of that leading into where we'll be on a downstroke.

When we hit that- and it's always really handy to know when you're going to be up stroking and when you're going to be down stroking.

Just so, you can keep your bearings throughout.

You've got little waypoints there, so that you know, if you end up on a down stroke on one.

But you know you've gone wrong somewhere now it on a very easy riff.

It might not make any difference whatsoever, and this isn't a particularly hard riff.

But you know when you're dealing with these kind of chords, if you've never played this kind of thing before it is Handy to know when you're going to be on an upstroke and when you're going to be on a downstroke.

Now, as well as alternate picking, you can add some down Strokes in there in the latter part of the actual riff.

So if I start with um alternate picking foreign for either of those two bars there, whether it's the um on the third there or just on the final bar that will mimic the sound of it a lot better I, don't know if he is using down Strokes on the original recording, but it does sound like he might be, because when we get to that, it is very aggressive.

Alternate picking is going to be more room fluid and have a more laid back kind of sound down.


You can hear there how different that is.

So if I was to play on that last, a part so with alternate picking but with all down Strokes.

So there's a lot more regression in it and a lot more conviction- and you know maybe is maybe he isn't it's probably easier to play with alternate picking um, depending on how experienced you are with the pick, but I personally played with alternate picking.

But if you want to try it with just the downstrokes in those parts, foreign go for it now, as one last important tip, you will need to be wary of residual noise from the unused open strings.

So when we're playing with the open D string drone up here, you're going to want to mute the E and the a strings, and when we play the open a drone there you're going to want to mute.

The E string for muting I tend to use the heel of the picking hand so I lightly rest it there against the E string and just rubbing up against the a string there.

So when we're playing up on that g string and the D string we're not having to worry about the ringing out of those uh those unused strings and then when we drop down to the affair, we've got the heel of that hand.

There rested against the E string, so you just move it down slightly and that should pretty much take care of most of that.

So so you want to start out slowly with this Roofing special attention to that muting.

So you might start out very slow like this foreign and then you can just build up to a faster Tempo more like this.

So this Baseline is a great example of how you can write a baseline for a tune without having to rely on just playing.

You know: Straight Ahead, root notes, I mean he's using the actual Melody of the uh of the vocal.

It's playing that and then using the open strings to outline the chords underneath so um you've got everything in there.

You've got Melody.

You've got the harmony, it's all in there and it's a very melodic line.

So that's why I say it's very good for um for beginners to learn- or at least you know- maybe not absolute beginners, but if you've been playing a little while it's got a lot in there.

It's got a lot of Melody, it's very recognizable, it's a great little thing to learn, and obviously you get to practice a few little chords in there as well.


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