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  • Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”

    Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”

    “Continuum” is one of the most well known songs for bass players, and I’d argue it is one of the greatest tunes on Jaco Pastorius’s self-titled debut album. (I’d also argue it is one of the best albums, ever). It is difficult to cover any Jaco song, and especially one with his signature fretless sound... »

  • Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”

    Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”

    “Cee-Tee-Eye” is from Marcus Miller’s 2012 album Renaissance, recorded to feature the new band Marcus assembled for the Tutu Revisited tour, which was a celebration of the Miles Davis album from the mid-80’s Miller contributed heavily to. The title for “Cee-Tee-Eye” is a nod to the various albums released on the CTI Records label, which... »

  • Bass Transcription: Fernando Lamadrid’s “Mollete Express”

    Bass Transcription: Fernando Lamadrid’s “Mollete Express”

    Just as I was wondering which piece to select for this month’s transcription, along comes this killer track from super-talented bassist Fernando Lamadrid and drummer Rick Arencibia. This one has it all: harmonic-laden odd-time grooves, funky slap lines, chordal work and several jaw-dropping solos. Perfect! Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: “Mollete Express” opens... »

  • Alfred Music Adds New Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles to Series

    Alfred Music Adds New Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles to Series

    Alfred Music has released the remaining books in their Platinum Bass series featuring the music of Led Zeppelin and bass lines of John Paul Jones. The latest round features the bass line transcriptions for Coda, In Through the Out Door and Presence. As with all books in the Platinum Bass series, both standard notation and... »

  • Alfred Music Releases Four More Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles

    Alfred Music Releases Four More Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles

    Following up on their first two books, Alfred Music has released four more Led Zeppelin titles in their “Platinum Bass” series. All the books offer both standard notation and tab for the bass lines, plus the lyrics and vocal melodies. Led Zeppelin: III Platinum Bass Guitar includes transcriptions for “Immigrant Song”, “Celebration Day”, “Since I’ve... »

  • Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

    Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

    Among the great tunes on Jaco Pastorius’ self-titled solo debut was “(Used to Be A) Cha-Cha”. His solo is a tricky one, at an upbeat tempo and with Jaco’s trademark melodic and syncopated lines. Along with Jaco, Hubert Laws (piccolo and flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Lenny White (drums) and Don Alias (congas) performed on the... »

  • Transcription: Tal Wilkenfeld’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” Solo

    Transcription: Tal Wilkenfeld’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” Solo

    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... »

  • Alfred Music Releases Two New Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles

    Alfred Music Releases Two New Led Zeppelin Platinum Bass Titles

    Alfred Music is getting the led out with two new titles in their Platinum Bass Guitar series. Led Zeppelin: I Platinum Bass Guitar and Led Zeppelin: II Platinum Bass Guitar combine to offer up transcriptions of John Paul Jones’ bass lines on 17 across both albums. Both books include both standard notation and tab for... »

  • Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

    Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

    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... »

  • Transcription: Periphery’s “Make Total Destroy”

    Transcription: Periphery’s “Make Total Destroy”

    Today I’m going to be talking you through my transcription for my band’s song “Make Total Destroy” from our latest album Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. (Check out the recent video feature here on No Treble). You’ll need a 5-string bass with 24 frets to be able to play the song in its entirety,... »