Exploring Minor Scale Choices

The idea for this blog post came from another transcription request I received from one of my subscribers. It is one of the stranger requests I’ve received being that the line they wanted transcribing was actually a sound clip from a review/demo of the new Sire Marcus Miller bass. If you haven’t heard about this bass yet, where have you been?!? Catch up here! 

The original sound clip can be heard following this link. The sound clip is called 3. Bridge PU in playback’ and is eight bars of tasty minor grooving! The bassist in question must be Rainer Wind, a guy I’ve not come across before but he is the author of the article so we can only assume that these cool licks came from him, if anyone can shed any light on this please let us know in the comments below!

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Are Be Bop Licks Just For Be Bop?

Not all of the subscribers to this site are jazz fans and I wanted to post this quick lesson to show how learning jazz, or more specifically for this post, be bop, can still be relevant to the modern day bassist.

Check out the video below, I’m using a Charlie Parker ii V lick over an F7 funk groove. Scroll down to download the backing track and a PDF with notation and TAB!


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Charlie Parker’s Cherokee Solo – Phrase Three!

I’ve made it to the end of the first repeat of the A section! While this doesn’t sound like much, if you’ve been following this series with me then you’ll know what a challenging piece to play this is. This series of posts is taking a lot longer than I’d anticipated to produce so apologies for the delay, the reason being that I really feel that I need to be up to speed playing wise and also internalising the music before I keep ploughing on through transcriptions so I’ve taken a bit of a breather to try and get to grips with the first 16 bars.

Let’s take a look at the phrase that finishes this section off, a harmonic analysis of the chords would look like this;

| II7 | ii | VI7b9 | ii | V+7 || I |

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Introduction To Blues Bass Lines

In honour of the late B.B. King who sadly passed this week, this bass lesson is all about how to play a bass line for a 12 bar blues.SAN RAFAEL, CA - FEBRUARY 26: B.B. King performs at Marin Center on February 26, 2014 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

This lesson comes with a FREE eBook containing all the information in this post plus three blues bass line transcriptions and a practice sheet to get you on your way playing blues bass! Click here to go to the store and download your FREE eBook!

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One of the first areas of study I look at with a new student is how to play over a 12 bar blues. Using a simple I IV V progression and just one chord type it’s a great way to start learning and using some basic theory for students who are new to it. (If you need help with your theory, I am currently working on a new ebook – an introduction to theory for bassists which will be available soon!)

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Charlie Parker’s Cherokee Solo – Phrase Two!

If you missed the first phrase from this solo you can catch up here. If not, let’s get stuck in!

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Harmonically, this sequence starts on the bVII7 chord (Ab7) in the key of Bb, moves to the chord for two measures, ending on C7, bringing us into the key of F. In Roman numerals you could think of it as | bVII7 | bVII7 | I | I | V of V |

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Charlie Parker’s Cherokee Solo – Phrase One!

Hey bass fans!

I’ve put it off for long enough, it’s time to transcribe some Charlie Parker! I’ve decided to go for Cherokee and even though I’m only a few bars in, let me tell you… It’s going to be an epic task!

This solo is such a massive and daunting project that I’m going to break it down into bite size chunks to upload as and when I get through them. The plan is to make a comprehensive guide of how to, analysis, dots, TAB, backing tracks, the lot!

To help us all along I’ve created a forum which you can find here. It would be awesome if everyone learning the solo with me would make an account and upload progress audio/video alternate fingerings and any errors in the transcription, my ears are not quite fast enough for me to be confident with this transcription yet!

So let’s get cracking!

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Alone Together Reharmonisation

Welcome to the first transcription of 2015! I have been working a lot on ‘Alone Together’ so as per usual I wanted to transcribe some parts for this tune. Being a big Mingus fan and a big Miles fan I thought the version from ‘Blue Moods’ would be a perfect fit.

I was wrong!

After working my way through a full chorus something didn’t look right, then I remembered reading in Mingus: A Critical Biography, that it was Mingus who had contributed the arrangement for this session. In typical Mingus fashion the song is reharmonised to within an inch of it’s life!

I have done my best to identify the chords used in the transcription but there may be some errors, anyone who finds any discrepancies please let me know in the comments below so I can amend the file!

Transcription is available from my download page here!

Top 5 Posts Of 2014

What a busy year this has been! I’m currently feeling really lucky as I am in Switzerland for the second time this year playing a mini tour and will still be home in time for Christmas!

I am just proof reading another Ebook for you guys too, it’s full of walking bass patterns for minor chords and will be available to download very soon!

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the most popular posts from 2014.

5. Georgia On My Mind Bass Transcription

4. How To Focus Your Practice Routine

3. Five Things All Bassists Shoukd Know

2. Stella By Starlight Rhythm Study

1. How To Survive A Jam Session

Thanks again for all your support with this website, hope you all have a good Christmas and see you next year!

Five Things All Bassists Should Know

Hey bass fans! This week’s post is a list of five essential things that I think all bassists should know. The best thing about these five points is that none of them involve knowing super advanced theory or being able to play sixteenths at 250bpm. Let’s get started with number one…

1. How To Set Up Your Bass

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What The World Needs Now

Welcome to another awesome transcription! This one is by Stanley Turrentine who is a guy I definitely don’t listen to as much as I should. The tune I picked is ‘What The World Needs Now’ written by Burt Bacharach. I play an arrangement of this song with my jazz trio, Minor Third so when I found this version I had to transcribe the solo! Take a listen to me playing over the solo in the video below and then read on to find out exactly what’s going on!

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