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  • Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Amoreena”

    Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Amoreena”

    “Amoreena” was Dee Murray’s first recording collaboration with Elton John, and from analyzing the transcription of his playing on this tune, it’s not hard to see why John and Murray had such a prolific career working together. Many different bassline approaches are employed to great affect in this song. The form of the bassline as... »

  • Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

    Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

    Alasdair McLachlan shared this video and transcription with us of Vulfpeck’s tune “Conscious Club”, which appeared on the band’s 2015 release, Thill of the Arts. “I’m sure we all have a mutual love of Vulfpeck and Joe Dart,” he shared. “This one was a challenge to learn. Joe Dart is groovy and lightning fast, this... »

  • Bass Transcription: Bob West’s Bass Line on Odetta’s “Hit or Miss”

    Bass Transcription: Bob West’s Bass Line on Odetta’s “Hit or Miss”

    Something I notice when listening to inexperienced bassists is that they often tend to line up all of their technical ideas, one after another, when creating a bass line. It’s similar to a chef using all their spices to make just one dish. Most of us will learn with experience that less is not only... »

  • Bass Transcription: Gheorghe Postoronca’s “Crazy Train”

    Bass Transcription: Gheorghe Postoronca’s “Crazy Train”

    “Crazy Train” by bassist Gheorghe Postoronca was right at the top of my list of pieces to transcribe this month. In fact, regular readers of my column might have noticed an absence of transcriptions recently, and this is purely because this piece took so long to get written down! It’s a solo bass piece that... »

  • Bass Transcription: Scotty Edwards’s Bass Line on Hall & Oates’s “Rich Girl”

    Bass Transcription: Scotty Edwards’s Bass Line on Hall & Oates’s “Rich Girl”

    Often as bassists we become so concerned with notes, rhythm, and locking in with our drummer that we forget the other important aspects of groove that can impact the listener equally as much. Articulation contributes greatly to groove and expression and can be employed to create contrast, add texture, and propel a song forward. I... »

  • Brian Wroten: David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Bass Play-Along and Transcription

    Brian Wroten: David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Bass Play-Along and Transcription

    When I first heard David Bowie’s Blackstar, I ended up repeating the third track (“Lazarus”) more than a couple of times. I was so drawn to Tim Lefebvre’s terrific bass line on the tune. If you agree, then Brian Wroten did us all a favor by transcribing it for us. Follow along with the video... »

  • Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”

    Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”

    When David Bowie passed away, I wanted to pay tribute with a solo bass arrangement of one of his songs. I personally consider Bowie one of the greatest artists in the world. He was in fact a great musician, actor and painter. Among other things, the eclectic nature of his music was characterized by the... »

  • Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “A Lightness of Mind” Playthrough

    Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “A Lightness of Mind” Playthrough

    It’s time to get your face melted by Erlend Caspersen again. This time the monster bassist shows you how it’s done on the Abhorrent track “A Lightness of Mind”, which features unrelenting riffs and some satisfyingly dissonant bass chords. For those brave enough to attempt it, Caspersen has supplied the tabs on Dropbox. Fasten your... »

  • Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    This month’s transcription is a piece I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”. This piece was originally featured on Bass The World’s YouTube channel last year. Grab the transcription, read the notes below and follow along: Although a master of all techniques, Bobby Vega is probably best known for... »

  • Bass Transcription: Joe Dart’s Bass Line on Vulfpeck’s “Beastly”

    Bass Transcription: Joe Dart’s Bass Line on Vulfpeck’s “Beastly”

    This month’s transcription is “Beastly”, the opening track from Vulfpeck’s first EP Mit Peck. I’ve loved this piece since I first heard it and it’s been on my “transcribe list” for a while now. Fortunately, the isolated bass track cropped a while back, making the task of transcribing it a little easier. “Beastly” is a... »