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Bass Transcription: John Paul Jones’ Bass Line on Dusty Springfield’s “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart”

Bass Transcription: John Paul Jones’ Bass Line on Dusty Springfield’s “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart”

Dusty Springfield was a British singer whose early chart success in the UK and USA was with straightforward pop tunes such as 1963’s “I Only Want to be With You,” and more sophisticated ballads like 1966’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”. The 1968 Dusty… Definitely album began her change towards a more R&B/Soul sound, with inclusion of...

Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Amoreena”

Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Amoreena”

“Amoreena” was Dee Murray’s first recording collaboration with Elton John, and from analyzing the transcription of his playing on this tune, it’s not hard to see why John and Murray had such a prolific career working together. Many different bassline approaches are employed to great affect in this song. The form of the bassline as a whole also demonstrates good...

Bass Transcription: Bob West’s Bass Line on Odetta’s “Hit or Miss”

Bass Transcription: Bob West’s Bass Line on Odetta’s “Hit or Miss”

Something I notice when listening to inexperienced bassists is that they often tend to line up all of their technical ideas, one after another, when creating a bass line. It’s similar to a chef using all their spices to make just one dish. Most of us will learn with experience that less is not only more but you can reinvent...

Bass Transcription: Gheorghe Postoronca’s “Crazy Train”

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...

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Bass Transcription: Scotty Edwards’s Bass Line on Hall & Oates’s “Rich Girl”

Bass Transcription: Scotty Edwards’s Bass Line on Hall & Oates’s “Rich Girl”

Often as bassists we become so concerned with notes, rhythm, and locking in with our drummer that we forget the other important aspects of groove that can impact the listener equally as much. Articulation contributes greatly to groove and expression and can be employed to create contrast, add texture, and propel a song forward. I chose the example of Scotty...

Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”

Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”

When David Bowie passed away, I wanted to pay tribute with a solo bass arrangement of one of his songs. I personally consider Bowie one of the greatest artists in the world. He was in fact a great musician, actor and painter. Among other things, the eclectic nature of his music was characterized by the creation of several different imaginary...

Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

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”

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

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”

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...