News – Watch Carol Kaye give Gene Simmons a bass lesson

Gene Simmons, Carol KayeWatch Carol Kaye give Gene Simmons a bass lesson

Marketing mogul humbled by studio legend

Story by Jon Liebman | July 12, 2014

KISS bassist Gene Simmons is often referred to as a marketing genius, powerful media mogul and extremely successful entrepreneur. So what else can he possibly have to learn?

Plenty, actually. Watch this priceless exchange between Simmons and studio bass legend Carol Kaye, who, with over 40,000 songs and TV cues to her name, is perhaps the most recorded bassist in music history.  In this outtake from the 2012 documentary Sample This (which happens to be narrated by Simmons), Carol is shown giving a bass lesson to Gene at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood. Though the student appeared eager to learn, he required repeated prodding from the master, who continuously admonished him with, “You gotta do it with the beat” and “Up-down, up-down.”

Watch and enjoy.


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  • Awesome yo see Gene and CK together have some fun with my favorite instrument!


  • A dramatic display of why Gene has never, and will never, make it on a “Best Bass Player” list. His bank account notwithstanding.


  • Carol really is a living legend!
    We all could take lessons from her.
    In my opinion she never got the credit that she is due.If we knew of all the recordings that she played on, then she might get the accolades that she is due.
    Rock on Carol!


  • Goes to show you that no matter how great of a player someone thinks they are, there is someone out there that is better. It comes down to being willing to learn.


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