Talking Technique: That Riff in “Spain”

That riff from Chick Corea’s “Spain,” played between the solos and as part of the head, is as catchy as it is tricky. I get frequent requests for help on that section, so I’ll break it down for you step by step.

Follow along with the transcription and video to practice this in 4-bar increments to get it up to speed, with precision.

Austrian-gone-Californian Ariane Cap is a bassist, educator, blogger and author. In her book Music Theory for the Bass Player and corresponding 20-week online course, she teaches music theory, bass technique, bass line creation and fretboard fitness in a systematic, practical and experiential way. She just released a brand new course on ear training for the bass player: Ear Confidence - 6 Paths to Fearless Ears. Contact her via her blog or website.

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  1. Kevin

    Awesome Ari! Thanks for much for showing not only this song, but how you approach breaking down songs to aid in learning them. I love your teaching technique … you make all things possible!