Saturday, August 29, 2015

James Jamerson - Ain't No Mountain High Enough Bass Transcription / Bass TAB from Isolated Bass Track

I have revisited this song last week as I was asked to play the bass line on a sound-alike re-record version of this song. You can hear my isolated recording via the soundcloud link below. I will post the re-record of the song when it will be available.

Here's an updated transcription /TAB of James Jamerson bass line for the 1967 classic from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough based on Jamerson's Isolated Bass Track. You can hear James original bass line in the YouTube video below.

This transcription is based on Dr Licks transcription from his book 'Standing In the Shadows of Motown'. You'll noticed that I have changed a few notes and note values especially during the bridge section. Those changes are highlighted by the * sign above the notes I've modified. I've also transcribed and Tabbed the end section which we don't get to hear on the original song, because the song has already ended by that time.

So without further a-do, here's the bass transcription for this classic Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell song and the great bass line behind this song from the man who changed the world of electric bass playing.

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
(Bass: James Jamerson)


James Jamerson - Isolated Bass Track - Ain't No Mountain High Enough 
 

Here's my rendition of James Jamerson bass line  solo'd recorded for a sound-alike version of the classic song. I used a Fender P-Bass with a foam mute under the strings near the bridge, the tone knob all the way off and a Ampeg B-15 emulation plugin. Hope you enjoy!




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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pino Palladino - Bass Transcriptions / Bass Tabs - Classic Fretless Tracks

Pino Palladino - Bass Transcriptions / Bass Tabs - Classic Fretless Tracks
























This collection of bass transcriptions and tabs takes a look at the fretless bass work of the legendary Pino Palladino. A versatile and in-demand session bass player who has played and recorded with a wide spectrum of artists including Tears for Fears, Paul McCartney, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Don Henley, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Paul Simon, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Adele, Nine Inch Nails.

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Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Murder (with bass solo)
I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Everytime You Go Away
Give Blood
Lady in Red
New York Minute
I Wish It Would Rain Down
Do You Remember?
Who Did You Think I Was?

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Free - All Right Now - Bass tab & Transcription - A Tribute to Andy Fraser

Andy Fraser, bassist with Free and co-composer of the classic rock radio staple “All Right Now,” has died on March 16, 2015 at 62. Free consisted of Paul Rodgers (vocals), Paul Kossoff (guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums). 

Fraser produced and co-wrote the song "All Right Now" with Rodgers, a #1 hit in over 20 territories and recognized by ASCAP in 1990 for garnering over 1,000,000 radio plays in the United States. In October 2006 a BMI London Million-Air Award was given to Rodgers and Fraser to mark over 3 million radio and television plays of "All Right Now"

Fraser started playing the piano at the age of five and was trained classically until twelve, when he switched to guitar. He was part of John Mayall‘s Bluesbreakers as a teenager before co-founding Free with Paul Rodgers in the late ’60s.

For all of this fame as an upfront bassist on songs like “All Right Now,” Fraser admitted that he had trouble seeing himself as a standout at the instrument. “To be quite honest, I never thought of myself as a bass player,” he told DMME in 2005. “I actually only used the bass guitar because the other kids in our school band wanted to be the singer or drummer or guitarist. I have always thought of myself as doing whatever was necessary to make the whole thing work.”

Here's my transcription of this Free classic as a tribute to the man.

Free - All Right Now (Bass: Andy Fraser)


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Boston - Hitch a Ride - Bass tab & Transcription

The rock band Boston's mastermind Tom Scholz is not just an innovative guitarist and great songwriter. He is a masterful keyboard player and an accomplished rock bassist. Yes he is the one playing the bass on the Boston recordings. The first two Boston albums alone contain enough great bass lines to keep a budding bass player busy for quite a while and learn great rock bass playing along the way.

I remember reading an article in a guitar magazine regarding Tom Scholz's bass playing, saying; "This is how rock bass should be played". I have to say I must agree.

Personally, his bass playing along with Zeppelin's John Paul Jones & Paul McCartney have influenced me immensely when I was coming up as a bass player. Melodic, Bouncy and rhythmically interesting are the words that come to mind when listening to Tom's bass playing, especially on the song "Hitch a Ride".

I found the isolated bass video below on YouTube. The poster set the bass louder enough over the accompaniment so we can distinguish all of the details & nuances of the bass line. Take a listen and hear what I mean. For a more in-depth look at the bass line, you can check out my complete 7 page transcription available here on my store page. Enjoy!

Boston - Hitch A Ride (Isolated Bass)


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

What Is and What Should Never Be - Bass Tab & Transcription


Led Zeppelin II is definitely on my list of all-time favorite albums for must-learn bass lines.

John Paul Jones bass work on Zeppelin's second effort is at its zenith. Back then, JPJ was already a seasoned studio musician, multi-instrumentalist, in-demand arranger and record producer. He knew his craft and you can hear the influence James Jamerson had on his bass playing during those years, which he confirmed later in a magazine interview. You can get a sense of that influence while listening to tracks such as The Lemon Song, Ramble On and the one transcribed here.  

What is and what should never be first verse starts with a mix of major pentatonic and chromatic notes for the main riffs between the E and A chords. It then moves to a unison guitar and bass riff during the chorus. For the second verse, he uses a line similar to the one he used in the first verse. Worth noting, is, how the motif used for the verses evolves when we get to the guitar solo section . JPJ plays a very lyrical pattern behind Jimmy Page slide guitar work during the solo. Notice how the bass and guitar lines intertwine and weave into one another. Yet, the bass guitar never becomes too obtrusive.

The outro section is where the rubber hits the road. This section has more of a hard-driving feel. Jones uses Jamerson-like runs, fills, descending lines, and makes ample use of  syncopation and open pivot notes.

Although John Paul Jones (AKA John Paul Baldwin) was only 23 at the time of this recording, he was really on the top of his game. Thanks to all his  previous studio experience and the constant touring Led Zeppelin had done in those early years.

Remember that, whenever you immerse yourself and learn all of the intricacies of a bass line inside out, you do acquire some of the skills and knowledge of the musician(s) you emulate. So dig in and enjoy this transcription along with the isolated bass track from the master himself. Happy shedding and all the bass!

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What is and what should never be -  Led Zeppelin (Bass: John Paul Jones)


John Paul Jones - What Is and What Should Never Be - Isolated Bass track

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Requested: Bass Transcriptions - Like The Way I Do - Slap & Pop Bass Line

For some reason, I have received more than 30 requests in the last few months for the bass line transcription of  Melissa Etheridge's song "Like The Way I Do". I had posted that bass transcription back in July 2012, and it is still available on the site. Maybe it is hard to find, I'm sorry about that. Nevertheless here is the link for this free transcription for you to enjoy!

Happy shedding and all the bass!

Bass Transcriptions - PlayBassLines.com: Like The Way I Do - Slap & Pop Bass Line

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Eric Clapton - It Hurts Me Too - Bass Tab & Transcription Excerpt

It has been a while. Nevertheless here's a new post and bass transcription. Hope you enjoy!

This version of Tampa Red song "It Hurts Me Too" is found on Eric Clapton's 1994 blues cover album "From the Craddle". The liner note says that everything was recorded live, with no overdubs on this song. Dave Bronze (Robin Trower, Procol Harum) is handling the bass duties on this whole album.

For this transcription, first, notice that they are tuned a half step down.
Second, I only transcribed two choruses of this eight-bar blues as Dave Bronze plays pretty much the same lines throughout the whole song with only slight variations. I analyzed all of the choruses and included most of these variations within the two choruses transcribed here.
Third, this is a pretty active bass line. Although the song is rather slow at 72 bpm, notice Dave's use of 16th note triplets and double-stops/power chords usually used by guitarists. Dave uses these double-stops when he moves to the G chord, the fourth degree of the song.

Finally, you'll also find on this website Foghat's version and bass transcription of the same song. It has a different feel and it is played in a completly different manner. It is worth comparing the two and see how the same song can be interpreted and played in such a different way. You can listen to Foghat's version and take a look at the transcription here.

Have fun practicing & happy shedding!

Foghat - It Hurts Me Too (Dave Bronze - bass)


You can hear the bass pretty well during the intro on this live version on youtube.
Eric Clapton - It Hurts Me Too (Live)

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