Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jaco Pastorius Bass Solo Transcription for Havona

I am aware that there are other transcriptions of this classic Jaco solo on the net, but here is my take on it...

Havona is a song from the 1977 Weather Report album called Heavy Weather.
Jaco was at his peak then, and his solo on the song Havona is a display of his mastery of the fretless bass. Back in the early 90's, I was very much into Jaco, and I spent many hours learning his bass lines and solos. This one, I transcribed back then, and re-transcribed digitally this week.

Jaco Pastorius - Havona - Bass Solo Transcription

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bass Transcription of Slow Blues in G by Rufus Reid

This is has got to be the first bass line I ever attempted to transcribe. It was given as an assignment by a bass teacher. Needless to say, the result wasn't all that good the first time around, as I was still learning to read and write music at the time. I have revisited this Aebersold play-along track several times since. This version is probably my 4th bass transcription for this song. Since it is a jazz track, I figured there is no need for bass tabs. I believe that players that might have an interested in this track, probably all read standard notation.

This track is a 7 chorus blues from Aebersold's Vol 2 - Nothin' But Blues. The book credits Rufus Reid as the bass player on this recording. The book does not included a transcription other than a theme, chord changes and scales to use for soloing. This blues is not hard to play and there are several cool lines on this track. I'm sure you will enjoy! Have fun learning it.