Bassist Eric Beaule 30+ year run as a bassist has found him playing a wide variety of music in a variety of settings. But it was during a four-year stint with a recording studio that Beaule started really focusing on the art of transcribing tunes. That was out of necessity, as the studio’s band was tasked with recreating loads of classic rock songs.
And Beaule’s philosophy about improving on bass was formed.
“One of the best way to improve as a bass player or musician is to, transcribe the Masters!” he shares. “Be it a masterful bass player or a great soloist on any instrument. When transcribing music and then learning what the masters play, you learn some of their knowledge of music, vocabulary, phrasing, choice of notes and skills. The more you do it, the better you become as a player and musician.”
Beaule has started offering several transcriptions as single downloads, focusing on the types of classic tunes he had to transcribe back in the day. Offered through Bassbooks.com, Beaule’s transcription series includes Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing“, the bass solo for Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song“, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train“, Pink Floyd’s “Money“, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Crossfire“, Stevie Wonder’s “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” and The Four Tops’ “I’ll Turn to Stone“.
Each transcription is offered in both standard notation and TAB and available as digital downloads. Check out a sample of “Crazy Train.”