Transcription: “No Woman, No Cry” Solo Bass Arrangement
This great version of the Bob Marley classic “No Woman, No Cry” was arranged by popular YouTube bassist Viaceslav Svedov, a talented young musician known for his hard-hitting covers of popular bass-driven songs.
This arrangement is performed with the slap technique, and there a few notational elements that you should be aware of:
The track opens with a rapid rake across the strings. This is quick ‘flam’ effect into the first note (G) and is played by plucking the G-string, then raking quickly back across the strings with the same finger. This is a rhythmic flourish, and is by no means essential to the piece as a whole, although it’s certainly fun if you can get it in!
There are many double stops in this piece (for those unfamiliar with the term, a double stop is two notes played at once) and most are indicated to be played with the thumb and a pluck. In these instances, the notes are plucked together, the lower note with the thumb (be aware that ‘t’ in this instance does not indicate a slap), and the upper note with the first finger. This is similar to the ‘crab claws’ technique used by John Entwistle, and despite this long-winded explanation, is actually very simple. Be sure to watch the video of Viaceslav performing it to see the technique in action.
Some sections of this piece also feature continuous sixteenth notes played on one string – see bar 34 for an example. In these instances, Viaceslav alternates between his first and second fingers for the popped notes – I recommend you do the same.
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Follow along with Viaceslav’s performance:
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