Bass Transcription: Bass Arrangement of Victor Jara’s “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz”

In the last few weeks, my country Chile has awakened from a long wait of 30 years – 30 years waiting for better education, better health system, and better pensions. The people have taken to the streets claiming their rights, and in the last protest, there were over a million people wishing for a better Chile.

In all the protests, the song that everyone sings is “The Right to Live in Peace,” a hymn composed by vocalist Víctor Jara, who was murdered in the Pinochet dictatorship. Today, after 45 years, it is still a song that unites all Chileans.

Take a listen to the original version:

I took some portions of the melody and made a jazz arrangement for electric bass. Follow along with the transcription and the video below.

I hope the situation gets better in Chile. Thanks and see you soon.

Marcelo Cordova is an electric and acoustic bass player from Chile. He has released five solo albums. Check out his website, where you can download his transcriptions and listen his music. Marcelo endorsers EBS amps and play Pavel Basses.

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