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Isac Danielsson: “Dean Town” Playthrough and Transcription
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Isac Danielsson: “Dean Town” Playthrough and Transcription

Vulfpeck’s “Dean Town” really blew us all away when it was released on their latest album, The Beautiful Game. Bassist Isac Danielsson decided to take on the tune in this play-along video. If you’re interested in giving it a try, Isac has shared his transcription.

Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass
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Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

We can learn a lot about our instrument by transcribing other instrumentalists, and Charlie Parker’s recordings are a lifetime of lessons. Bassist Felipe Gianei spent four months transcribing Bird’s solo on “Cherokee” and applying it to bass. “[The] first time I listened to this recording of Cherokee I thought, ‘Man, I want to know what he’s doing here, I wanna...

Jason Everett: Indian Vocal Melody on 7-String Fretless Bass
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Jason Everett: Indian Vocal Melody on 7-String Fretless Bass

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and combining your inspiration with your passion creates something special. Jason Everett sent in this video of himself playing along with the song “Jog” on his 7-string fretless bass. “I have loved Indian music for nearly 30 years and this vocal solo by Ujwal Nagar is a great example of why,” he states. “It is...

Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass
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Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

Yes, you read that right: Country/Fusion slap bass. Brazilian bassist Fernando Molinari posted this play-along of the song “Taffontry 20mg” from his album Identidade, which is kind of like a honky tonk song on speed. More of the fusion part of the equation comes out at 1:55 when Molinari plays some blazing tapping lines in unison with the guitar. I’m...

Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along
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Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along

Roger Alcantara sent us his play-along to the funky tune, “Pinball Number Count” – the song used by Sesame Street to teach kids how to count to twelve. The original features the Pointer Sisters on vocals. After researching this tune for 30 minutes or so, the bassist on the original is a mystery (at least to me!) If you know...

Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong
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Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong

Alessio Tori has offered up many great playalongs over the years. One such gem is this video, which features his cover of Pino Palladino’s lovely bass line on “Storm Warning” by Bob James and Hilary James. Another great example of Pino’s melodic but supportive bass lines.

Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong
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Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong

A few months ago, Marta Altesa impressed us with her play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait”. We just heard from another impressive young bassist, Poliana Magalhães, who shared some of her videos with us. This play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” is a lot of fun. Poliana said, “I tried not play like the original song. It’s just a simple version.” Whatever...

Mats Ödahl: Charlie Parker Solo Bass Play-Along
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Mats Ödahl: Charlie Parker Solo Bass Play-Along

Bassist Mats Ödahl sent us this remarkable video he made of himself playing along to a Charlie Parker solo. Mats has some lofty goals, which he seems to be living up to. This year I [will] try to learn and upload a solo to my Youtube channel every (or every other) week,” he shared with us. “That is to keep...

Joe Lester: “Australopithecus” Intronaut 5-String Fretless Bass Play-Along
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Joe Lester: “Australopithecus” Intronaut 5-String Fretless Bass Play-Along

Joe Lester stopped by the EMG studio with his 5-string fretless Zon to record a play-along of his band Intronaut’s song “Australopithecus.” The bassist runs the gamut of tones from a beautiful clean fretless “mwah” to a bone-crushing distortion.

Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along
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Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

We don’t feature a ton of bass play-alongs here, but when Francis Allen shared this one, it was too darn funky to ignore. Here’s Fabienne Gilbert laying it down on Jaco Pastorius’ fun and funky tune, “Come On Come Over”.