Stuart Clayton has been working as a professional musician for over ten years. He has been writing for the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine since its first issue, and has interviewed bassists such as Stuart Hamm, Mark King, and Alain Caron. He has written seven instructional books for Sanctuary Publishing and Music Sales, including 100 Tips for Bass Guitar You Should Have Been Told, Giants of Bass and Bass Styles. As a bass player he has toured all over the world with legendary drummer Carl Palmer, and currently works as the Head of Bass at BIMM Bristol (Brighton Institute of Modern Music). He is also the bass technical specialist for Rockschool for whom he has written and recored many exam pieces.
Stuart also writes for and runs Bassline Publishing, a small company who specialize in bass guitar tuition and transcription books. He has published transcription books on artists such as Level 42, Chic, Sister Sledge, The Who, The Brand New Heavies, and Kiss and the tuition books he has written include Ultimate Slap Bass, The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes and Solo Arrangements for Electric Bass.
Stuart uses and endorses Zon bass guitars, and TC Electronic amplification.
Articles by Stuart Clayton:
This month’s transcription is bassist Tal Wilkenfeld’s fantastic solo on the Jeff Beck classic “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”. There are several live recordings of this track, but the one transcribed here is from the Crossroads Guitar Festival from 2007. Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: Tal’s stellar performance on this track has proved...continue reading »
This month’s transcription is “Boomerang”, a funk-filled slap-fest from Hungarian bassist Viktor Lörincz we originally featured back in 2011. This chops-heavy piece is a great workout for anyone looking to take their slapping and tapping skills to the next level. Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: Viktor opens the piece with a Latin-flavored tapping...continue reading »
This month’s transcription ties in nicely with the recent feature on underrated bassist Colin Hodgkinson. Colin is a superb bass player, and very unique. During the late sixties and early seventies, he played some truly astonishing bass parts with his trio Back Door, and was even said to have been a big influence on Stanley...continue reading »
This month’s transcription is Stu Hamm’s live performance of the Led Zeppelin classic “Going to California”, which can be heard (and seen) here: You’ll need to detune your E-string to D in order to play this piece. This performance of the song opens with a chord consisting of an open low D-string and A and...continue reading »
“Orion”, the classic Metallica track that features bassist Cliff Burton in a lead role, was an obvious choice for this month’s transcription. To this day – nearly thirty years after it was recorded – it’s a track that is studied and dissected by metal-loving bass players all over the world. The recent release of the...continue reading »
Evan Marien‘s fantastic take on the Jaco Pastorius-penned classic “Havona” was high on my list of pieces to transcribe for this monthly feature. Evan’s breathtaking melodic soloing on the chord changes simultaneously calls to mind the spirit of the original, while showcasing his own unique melodic voice. Skip to the transcription and video “Havona” has...continue reading »
This great version of the Bob Marley classic “No Woman, No Cry” was arranged by popular YouTube bassist Viaceslav Svedov, a talented young musician known for his hard-hitting covers of popular bass-driven songs. This arrangement is performed with the slap technique, and there a few notational elements that you should be aware of: The track...continue reading »