Thursday, December 1, 2016

UPDATED: Jaco Pastorius - Havona Bass Solo Transcription with TAB

Today, Dec 1st, would be Jaco Pastorius 65th birthday. For the occasion I'd like to pay tribute to Jaco with this updated version (with TABs as requested below in the comments) of this memorable Jaco bass solo.

Havona is a Jaco Pastorius composition from the classic 1977 Weather Report album titled "Heavy Weather". This solo was recorded during Jaco's peak and is an amazing example of his command and mastery of the fretless bass. Back in the early 90's, I was very much into Jaco and spent many hours learning his bass lines and solos. I transcribed Havona's bass solo back then. I revisited the bass solo section of the song and the transcription and updated it last week. I hope you enjoy and get as much out of it as I did.

Happy shedding & all the bass!

Jaco Pastorius - Havona - Bass Solo Transcription

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

C Blues Bass Solo - In The Style of Jonny Lang's song Rack 'em Up

Here's a fun Bass Solo for a Blues in C
based on the Trombone solo from the Jonny Lang song Rack 'em Up.

The notes used for this solo are mostly the notes from the C Blues scale: C-Eb-F-F#-G-Bb. Except for one A in bar 7 over the C7 chord which is a sixth.

The end of the chord progression uses the classic I-VI-II-IV (1-6-2-5) turnaround instead of the regular V-IV-I-V turnaround.

Check out the play along video

Here's the transcription:

and the mp3 version and audio backing track you can download:

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Monday, November 28, 2016

These are the two most requested Bass Transcriptions / Bass Tabs this month.

Hey guys!

Thanks for the many requests that you've sent during the past month.
The two bass transcriptions and TAB that were requested the most are;  Cream's classic Jack Bruce bass line for the song Badge and the pop and slap bass line for the song Like The Way I Do from Melissa Etheridge. Bassist Kevin McCormick plays bass on this 80's pop classic.

So, since they were the most asked for bass transcriptions, here they are!

Cream - Badge (Bass: Jack Bruce) 
Bass Transcription and Tab

This Jack Bruce bass transcription includes;
an accurate note-for-note Bass Tab and
Transcription in Standard Notation.
4 pages.

Like The Way I Do - Melissa Etheridge (Bass: Kevin McCormick) 
Bass Transcription / Bass TAB

This bass transcription for Kevin McCormick's
bass line on Melissa Etheridge's song 'Like The Way I Do' includes, an accurate note-for-note Bass Tab and Transcription in Standard Notation with chords.
5 pages.

Enjoy and happy shedding!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jaco Pastorius / Weather Report - Teen Town - Bass TAB & Transcription

Teen Town was written by Jaco for the Weather Report Heavy's Weather album. Not only did he brilliantly execute this percolating syncopated sixteenth-notes bass line, did you know that he also played the drums on this track?

Some of the lines find their roots in blues and funk. Some other phrases are not as common and easy to execute correctly.  So take your time and practice the lines slowly. Eventually muscle memory will kick in and the phrases will get under you fingers. Then you will be able to bring it up to speed and play along Jaco's recording.

Enjoy this one and happy shedding!
All the bass!

Weather Report - Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Lemon Song - John Paul Jones' Complete Classic Bass Line (Transcription and TAB)

This is one of my favorite John Paul Jones' bass line, along with all the other songs from the album"Led Zeppelin II".  On this song, JPJ proves that he is quite an accomplish bass player even though he was only 23 years old at the time. By then, he had worked extensively in studio and had several years of touring under his belt.

One of The Lemon Song highlight is JPJ killer bass solo with its flawless execution. Let's not forget his seamless control of the fast double time feel, genuine blues phrasing and funky feel and grooves. All that mastery showcased within a single song.

I have revisited and updated the transcription I had done for the sound-alike recording below.
The bass line of this song alone taught me so much about blues phrasing, funky rhythms and grooving. This song contains many bass lessons within itself. I hope you will learn as much as I did from the JPJ's masterful performance.

The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin sound-alike 

The Lemon Song (Complete Bass Line Transcription/TAB) 
Led Zeppelin (Bass: John Paul Jones)
The Lemon Song - Bass transcription/TAB

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keith Urban - John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 - Isolated Bass

Today I got something a little different.
It's not exactly an Isolated bass track. But I mixed the bass loud and up front in the mix, so you could hear the nuances and dead notes used for this bass line.

I thought It was more interesting to hear the bass in context, so I mixed all the other instruments in, but much lower in the mix.

This is NOT the original Keith Urban bass track, but my note-for-note performance, that I had the pleasure to record for a sound-alike version of the hit song.

I had fun doing it, I really like the song and I think it came out pretty well. So I thought I'd share it with you, so you can have a listen and tell me what you think.


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jeff Berlin Bb ChordTone Bass Solo #2 - Bass Transcription & TAB with VIDEO and Backing Track

Here's my Bass transcription and interpretation of Jeff Berlin's Bb7 Blues unaccompanied Chord-Tone Bass Solo #2 from his instructional DVD Bass Logic from the Players School of Music.
In this video I play over a backing track that I have recorded with drums, bass and piano so you can hear the harmony that is going on in this piece of music.
I've included the implied chords for harmony study purposes and TAB to show how Jeff travels along the bass neck during the solo.

Here's my interpretation of Jeff's chord-tone bass solo #2 from his Bass Logic DVD

Below you will find my transcription with TABs for this educational and intricate Jeff Berlin chord tone solo.

Finally, you can find the downloadable backing track here to practice along.

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