Bryan Beller has released Thanks In Advance: The Official Bass Transcription Book, with completely accurate details of the bass lines, fingerings, and techniques he used on his second solo album.
Beller employed the work of Stevie Glasgow for the actual transcription work, then worked with him to edit it to be 100% accurate. He also included notes about each song, with tips and tricks for the more difficult passages.
The book comes partly as a result of Beller’s deepening interest in music education and understanding that similar books aren’t always correct.
“You know what it’s like… you used to go out and buy those transcription books. But after a while, you start to realize things weren’t exactly right,” he told us during our recent interview. “There are always things that they just couldn’t get because they didn’t have access to the guy who played it or they didn’t have access to the original track or whatever. I always felt really weird about that. This is an actual truly 100% official ‘this-is-the-way-I-played-it.’ You can see what my hands did. Not like that’s the be all, end all, but I think there’s something to have it actually communicated from the artist or from the bassist who played it.”
The book is written in music notation and tab, and is accompanied by access to downloads of bass-and-drums versions of the song as well as the full band without bass.
Thanks In Advance: The Official Bass Transcription Book is available now directly from Beller for $30.00.