Tim Fletcher is a freelance bassist and educator, who studied at the same “budget” music college as LA bassist Rufus Philpott in Newcastle, England. Having played in a wide variety of musical contexts for the last 25 years he has, along the way, worked with Baz Warne (The Stranglers), Marcus Brown (Madonna, Seal), John Wilson (The John Wilson Orchestra), and jammed with some great players including Hilton Valentine (The Animals) and Winston Byrd (The Blackbyrds). He also somehow managed to be in a film with Dr Who. His current focus is education, teaching at Colchester Institute, Essex, UK. He recently completed an MA in Music Psychology.
Articles by Tim Fletcher:
British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has had a long and varied career, and although his early hits were in the new wave era, with songs such as “Watching the Detectives” and “Pump it Up”, he could also create subtle ballads (“Alison”), cover jazz standards (“I Don’t know What to do With Myself”) and would later release... »
Continuing the theme of British bassists from 1968, this time I’m looking at Danny McCulloch’s bass line on “Monterey” by The Animals. This band formed in the gritty northern English city of Newcastle in 1960, and were one of the edgier sounding bands associated with the “British Invasion” of the U.S. pop charts by the... »
Bass Transcription: John Paul Jones’ Bass Line on Dusty Springfield’s “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart”
Dusty Springfield was a British singer whose early chart success in the UK and USA was with straightforward pop tunes such as 1963’s “I Only Want to be With You,” and more sophisticated ballads like 1966’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”. The 1968 Dusty… Definitely album began her change towards a more... »