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  • 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... »

  • Bass Transcription: Miki Santamaria’s “Thinking Out Loud” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Bass Transcription: Miki Santamaria’s “Thinking Out Loud” Solo Bass Arrangement

    This month’s transcription was suggested to me by No Treble founder Corey Brown, serving to remind me of Miki Santamaria’s fantastic solo arrangements of pop songs for bass guitar. This song, originally by Ed Sheeran, translates nicely onto the bass due to the relatively open key of D major. For the first 8 bars, Miki... »

  • Bass Transcription: Lőrincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”

    Bass Transcription: Lőrincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”

    There’s been no shortage of great pieces to choose from for my monthly transcription recently: Cody Wright’s groove with drummer Chaisarary Schenk was a serious contender, as was Simon Fitzpatrick’s cracking solo bass rendition of “Rosanna”. I intend to cover both pieces in future transcription columns, but this month I couldn’t resist scoring out Lőrincz... »

  • Bass Transcription: Federico Malaman’s “Speed Demon”

    Bass Transcription: Federico Malaman’s “Speed Demon”

    Like many bassists of my generation, I grew up loving the grooves on Michael Jackson’s records, be it Louis Johnson’s slapped parts on the Off the Wall album, or the heavy synth lines from albums like Thriller and Bad. But the track we all wanted to be able to play was “Speed Demon” from Bad,... »

  • Bass Transcription: Wojtek Pilichowski’s “Cowboy from Prague”

    Bass Transcription: Wojtek Pilichowski’s “Cowboy from Prague”

    This month’s transcription is “Cowboy from Prague,” a short piece by Polish slap bass wizard Wojtek Pilichowski, recorded at the Aguilar Artist Loft earlier in 2014. Wojtek has made a name for himself in recent years with his hard-hitting and energetic slap technique. True to form, he packs a lot of ideas into this short... »

  • Bass Transcription: “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten

    Bass Transcription: “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten

    This month’s transcription is “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten. This superb arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s classic song was originally found on Victor’s debut album A Show of Hands, although this video from 1987 shows that Victor had been playing it for nearly ten years prior to the release of that album: I believe that this arrangement... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »