Thursday, July 26, 2012

Foghat - It Hurts Me Too - Bass Tab & Transcription

Here are two 8 bar choruses for Foghat's bass line for their cover of the blues standard "It Hurts Me Too". I have only transcribed the bass line for the guitar solo section as the whole song is pretty much based on the same patterns. The added bonus is that, the bass for that section is busier than during the rest of the song. There are more runs, and fills. So in the end you will get more mileage out of this transcription. You'll also notice that there are slight variations between what is played during the first & second chorus. Have fun practicing & happy shedding.

Foghat - It Hurts Me Too (Craig MacGregor - bass)

Foghat - It Hurts Me Too

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

As Requested: Jeff Berlin's JOE FRAZIER

Here is a request I recently received. Although I haven't transcribed it myself, I am well aware of the high quality work that Stuart Clayton puts out. So, here is a link to Stuart's excellent transcription of Jeff Berlin's Joe Frazier from the Bill Bruford album "Gradually Going Tornado".

Jeff Berlin's Joe Frazier Transcribed by Stuart Clayton

Stuart is also the author of the amazing bass book "Ultimate Slap Bass"
As well as many other fine transcription bass books!

This one, is a good challenge at any level.
Have fun practicing!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Transcription for John Paul Jones' Classic Solo - The Lemon Song - NOW Available!

Several readers have requested the bass line to Zeppelin's The Lemon Song. I had transcribed the song for a sound-alike recording project many years ago.

Today I took the time to revisit that transcription and went over the solo section of the song. Equipped with better tools today than in 1994, I made several corrections, it is now pretty accurate. You will find this John Paul Jones' Classic Solo on the Bass Line Store page. Enjoy & happy shedding!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Like The Way I Do - Slap & Pop Bass Line

I was asked to play the bass part to Melissa Etheridge's 1988 pop hit "Like The Way I Do" for a Music Minus-One/ Karaoke track. I remembered playing that song back in the late 80's, early 90's with a band, so I thought no worries. It had to be completed quickly, and since I remembered most of the song, I played pretty much what I used to play live, way back when. Once the file was delivered, I asked the producer if I could use his tracks for my site. He agreed. So I set out to transcribe the song in order to create a blogpost with the audio and transcription. Boy, was I in for a surprise!...I had overseen a lot of little nuances, notes, & bits that did not make it to my bass track, which are present in the original song. So here you have it, a pretty accurate transcription (w/ tabs) of Kevin McCormick's slap bass line for Melissa Etheridge classic  "Like the Way I Do" as well as a not-so-accurate audio rendition of my sound-alike track, up-front in the mix, for your listening pleasure, or for the sake of comparison. ;-)

On a historical note, I remember this song to be one of the few songs to prominently feature Slap bass within the context of a mainstream pop hit. There were others, such as Level 42 & Pino Palladino slapping his fretless bass, but not that many.

Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do - Kevin McCormick Slap & Pop Bass Line

Here is the sound-alike version

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