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  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »