“It’s got nothing to do with the rest of the song!” Listen to the octave-heavy outro on Gettin’ Betta by Pat Travers Band

Pat Thrall, Pat Travers and Peter Crowling performing at Travers Band'as the'Pat Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, California on November 28, 1978
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Having held down the bass chair on Canadian rocker Pat Traver’s career-defining albums of the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Peter ‘Mars’ Cowling wasn’t exactly plucking under the radar for 1979’s Live! Go For What You Know.

One of the album’s high points is Gettin’ Betta, a gritty, blues-tinged rocker that starts with a rhythmically tricky intro. “We didn’t count out the rhythms,” Cowling told BP back in 2014. “We just learned it the way it was, but if you try practicing it with a metronome with a 4/4/ feel, then suddenly you’re all over the place.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.