I started playing bass more than 30 years ago. Within five years, I was playing live on a regular basis. Throughout the full time gigging, I studied music on my own and privately with College and University Music teachers. I also found the time to take some University music classes.
Obviously all this gigging and studying led to several years of teaching the bass, as well as studio work. Studio work like; a 4 years stint working for a Music-Minus-One Studio. There we'd recreate Classic Rock songs. This is where I learned the art of transcribing and recording songs note-for-note.
Most serious bass or music teachers will tell you, and the ones I studied with, told me too; One of the best way to improve as a bass player or musician is to transcribe the Masters! Be it a masterful bass player or a great soloist on any instrument. When transcribing music and then learning what the masters play, you learn some of their knowledge of music, vocabulary, phrasing, choice of notes and skills. The more you do it, the better you become as a player and musician.
Needless to say, after all these years of gigging and playing genres as varied as, 60's and 70's classic rock, 80's metal and pop, RnB, Blues and Jazz, you realize you have transcribed, learned and played an awful lot of bass lines. I have stacks of sheet music filled with penciled-in notes. Yes, I did it the old way, staff paper and pencil. Today, I use a notation software and I am working at converting these bass transcriptions to sleek-looking digital sheet music, as well as transcribing great bass lines and solos that I hear along my musical path.
I will be adding, as time permits, more note-for-note bass transcriptions, on my home page and on the store section of my website PlayBassLines.com. So come back regularly to see what's new. Until then, all the best and keep practicing!