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Bass Transcription: Gheorghe Postoronca’s “Crazy Train”
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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 is heavy on technique, but...

Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”
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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 his plectrum work. Combining impeccable...

Bass Transcription: Joe Dart’s Bass Line on Vulfpeck’s “Beastly”
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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 slow funk piece built around...

Bass Transcription: Miki Santamaria’s “Thinking Out Loud” Solo Bass Arrangement
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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 sets up a groove built...

Bass Transcription: L?rincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”
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Bass Transcription: L?rincz 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 L?rincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass...

Bass Transcription: Federico Malaman’s “Speed Demon”
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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, a hyperactive little number with...

Bass Transcription: Wojtek Pilichowski’s “Cowboy from Prague”
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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 piece. Wojtek takes influences from...

Bass Transcription: “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten
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Bass Transcription: “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten

This month’s transcription is “Overjoyed” by Victor Wooten. This superb arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s classic song was originally found on Victor’s debut album A Show of Hands, although this video from 1987 shows that Victor had been playing it for nearly ten years prior to the release of that album: I believe that this arrangement of the song was also...

Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”
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Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”

“Cee-Tee-Eye” is from Marcus Miller’s 2012 album Renaissance, recorded to feature the new band Marcus assembled for the Tutu Revisited tour, which was a celebration of the Miles Davis album from the mid-80’s Miller contributed heavily to. The title for “Cee-Tee-Eye” is a nod to the various albums released on the CTI Records label, which were influential not only to...

Bass Transcription: Fernando Lamadrid’s “Mollete Express”
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Bass Transcription: Fernando Lamadrid’s “Mollete Express”

Just as I was wondering which piece to select for this month’s transcription, along comes this killer track from super-talented bassist Fernando Lamadrid and drummer Rick Arencibia. This one has it all: harmonic-laden odd-time grooves, funky slap lines, chordal work and several jaw-dropping solos. Perfect! Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: “Mollete Express” opens with a fingerstyle groove over...