Bass Transcription: “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, As Played By Juliaplaysgroove
We are all used to seeing younger bassists playing amazing technical things on bass, and it makes us either want to give up, or it inspires us to go and practice. This bass player is definitely in the latter category, but she makes us want to dance too!
Juliaplaysgroove is the name of a YouTube channel that showcases its owner’s bass skills with a range of great play-alongs to classic and modern songs, but focussing on, yes, THE GROOVE! Julia is a nineteen-year-old, self-taught Polish bassist who has been playing since 2014. She does a great job on all the showcased songs, and you’d be hard-pressed to find more “put-a-smile-on-your-face” versions.
Julia’s take on Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” doesn’t just capture the feel of the original, it surpasses it, adding rapid-fire fills, higher range melodic ideas, and a monumental groove.
In the intro, Julia recreates the vocal melody, and then a huge slide leads us into the main fingerstyle groove which is mainly based on octaves, but also uses chromatic and diatonic runs to lead into each root note. Longer notes appear in the chorus at 0:33, but Julia adds some tasteful runs and slides in the second four bars of this section. During the next verse section, she adds a lovely fill at 1:02 which is fluid and impressive and doesn’t break the flow of the song.
The later verse groove sections include some pulled notes on the off-beat of beat three, so you’ll be swapping between fingers and slap here. In the next melody section, Julia plays up an octave and ends it with a beautifully tasteful double stop idea. The muted and swung melody section at 2:15 is unexpected and interesting, and the run at the end of this section (2:26) is a monster.
Her tone is excellent throughout, with warmth and depth and a little growl from her MusicMan SUB.
Follow along with the transcription and the video below.