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Tim Fletcher

Tim Fletcher

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:

  • Bass Transcription: Ewan Vernal’s Bass Line on “The Wildness” by Deacon Blue

    Bass Transcription: Ewan Vernal’s Bass Line on “The Wildness” by Deacon Blue

    Ewen Vernal was born in 1964 into a musical family in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother was a vocalist, and his father played saxophone and also led a local choir. Ewen’s early musical experiences focused on playing the piano and singing, but this changed during his teenage years after he found an old acoustic guitar in... »

  • Bass Transcription: Bruce Foxton’s Bass Line on “Start!” by The Jam

    Bass Transcription: Bruce Foxton’s Bass Line on “Start!” by The Jam

    The Jam was a very successful British band that achieved considerable chart success, with 18 top 40 singles and four number ones. They also released six top 20 albums and gained wide critical acclaim for their song-writing. Although their early hits were considered New Wave, the band blended a wider range of influences into their... »

  • Bass Transcription: Mikey Craig’s Bass Line on “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” by Culture Club

    Bass Transcription: Mikey Craig’s Bass Line on “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” by Culture Club

    Culture Club is a very successful British band that had immense popularity around the world, selling over fifty million records. They were formed in 1981 and were led by vocalist Boy George (George O’Dowd) whose flamboyant androgynous style and sharp tongue attracted huge media interest. The band was considered to be part of the British... »

  • Bass Transcription: Horace Panter’s Bass Line on “Ghost Town” by The Specials

    Bass Transcription: Horace Panter’s Bass Line on “Ghost Town” by The Specials

    The Specials were perhaps the defining band of the late 70s British Ska movement, and they had a run of hit singles and albums between 1979 and 1984. Their band leader and principal songwriter Jerry Dammers was also the founder of Two-Tone Records, an independent label that helped to push the genre into the mainstream.... »

  • Bass Transcription: John Giblin’s Bass Line on “Babooshka” by Kate Bush

    Bass Transcription: John Giblin’s Bass Line on “Babooshka” by Kate Bush

    Kate Bush came from a very musical family, and at eleven she taught herself to play the piano. Soon after this she began to write songs and at sixteen she recorded a demo of fifty compositions and sent them to prospective record companies, but this did not lead to any offers. However, a family friend... »

  • Bass Transcription: Andy Fraser’s Bass Line on “Mr. Big” by Free

    Bass Transcription: Andy Fraser’s Bass Line on “Mr. Big” by Free

    Free was formed in 1968 in London, and they followed in the footsteps of bands such as Cream and Fleetwood Mac, who grew out of the British Blues Explosion of the mid-sixties. By moving away from some of the restrictions of the genre, Free (alongside Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple), helped to define... »

  • Bass Transcription: The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

    Bass Transcription: The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

    Note: It is not certain who the bassist was on The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” but it’s likely to be Wilton Felder, who played on many of their early recordings after they moved to Los Angeles in 1969. There’s relatively little information about the studio musicians who worked for Motown in... »

  • Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Ronnie Lane was born in Plaistow in East London on April 1st 1946. As a teenager, his father had encouraged him to play the guitar as “he’d always have a friend”. At first, he played skiffle, a type of rough country blues popular in the UK in the early 1960s, but he was also influenced... »

  • Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas

    Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas

    We know that many No Treble readers are big fans of Bruce Thomas of The Attractions, as the recent transcriptions of his bass lines have been popular features. So it’s good to hear that he’s been in the studio again. He has recorded a new album called in collaboration with singer-songwriter Spencer Brown, with ten... »

  • Bass Transcription: Trevor Bolder’s Bass Line on “Changes” by David Bowie

    Bass Transcription: Trevor Bolder’s Bass Line on “Changes” by David Bowie

    Since 1963, David Bowie worked with many bands as both singer and instrumentalist, and he had released several unsuccessful singles under his own name before “Space Oddity” became his first substantial hit. The song reached number five in the UK in 1969. Bowie’s first two albums (both confusingly called David Bowie) had been recorded using... »