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New eBook! Walking Bass For Minor Blues – Style Of Paul Chambers

I am very pleased to announce the launch of my newest ebook!

All of the material in this book comes directly from transcriptions of Paul Chambers’ bass lines.

In your download you will get…

  • 35 pages
  • 30+ exercises
  • 4 etudes
  • 3 study pieces
  • 48 backing tracks
  • 2 midi files

For this week only, get it at the discounted rate of £7.50!

The Reviews Are Out!

The past few months I’ve been working on as MD on a pantomime at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool. Last night was our press launch and the reviews are up from last night, very relieved to get 4 stars and looking forward to another three weeks of shows!

Liverpool Echo

“In fact this year’s show, supported by a live band, is packed with tunes, particularly a medley at the start of the second half which includes Atomic Kitten numbers The Tide is High and Right Now.”

Wirral Globe

“The three-piece band under the leadership of Matt Lawton were spot on for the wide range of songs – a disco medley especially.”

Good News Liverpool

“Musical Director Matt Lawton heads the 3 piece pit band who pack quite a punch in some clever arrangements.”

Liverpool Sound and Vision

“…it is rare in the world of pantomime to find such generosity of spirit for another’s work but in this year’s Aladdin at the Epstein Theatre it is one that is finely tuned and one of positive illumination.”

Write Base Theatre

“Although the humour was a heavy aspect of the show, and a strong one at that, the music was good too. The stand-out musical performance came from Aladdin and the Princess joining to sing Whole Again; of course, with the Princess being Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton, this felt more like a mini-concert than a panto rendition, and therefore was probably the strongest musical moment ever for an Epstein panto.”

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Dave Joseph Jazz Award Winner!!

Hey bass fans! I just wanted to let you know that last week I was presented with the Dave Joseph Award! It is a great honour to be recognised by the local jazz community and to be able to celebrate with some of the cities best jazz musicians.

On the evening of the award show I played a set with my new trio Red Giant at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. At the show we played a few of my original tunes with some standards that we gave our special Red Giant treatment too! To hear our take on a few classic standards check out the video below fro our live session for Bay TV. Check out some pics from the event and Red Giant’s new videos below!

Follow the links below to see Red Giant’s other videos…

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iBass Magazine – Everson Caiman T-5 Review

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting The Great British Bass Lounge to try out some beautiful basses for iBass Magazine. The bass featured in this month’s edition is the Everson Caiman T-5 , a one off hand built bass from a British builder. You can get the full review and my video demo of this awesome bass in the magazine!

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New Transcriptions! Little Sister and more!

Hey bass fans!

Sorry for the complete lack of posts recently, wedding season is definitely in full swing! I just wanted to do this quick post to share some of my new transcriptions with you, head over to my transcriptions page to see all of the new additions I’ve been working on.

I was working with a private Skype student of mine recently and while we had been mainly looking at basic improvisation and walking lines over blues/funk tunes we decided to take a break and work on some really solid rock bass playing. I chose Little Sister by Queens Of The Stone Age as it ticks a lot of boxes for me.

 

First off it’s an absolute TUNE!! Secondly the tone is awesome. Honestly, just listen to that tone! Finally I think it’s just a great example of how to play rock bass. It is a combination of locking in tight with the main hook and drum beat mixed in with driving eighth note sections with just the right amount of fills. Check out the dots and TAB below! I’ve also included an MP3 where I have copied an isolated bass track onto the original and panned the track hard right and the bass hard left so you can blend in as much P bass goodness as you need!

Little Sister Panned With Isolated Bass Track

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Little Sister – Queens Of The Stone Age TAB (239)

I hope you enjoy rocking out with Nick Oliveri this weekend and I promise to get back into the swing of things next month!! Any transcription requests are still being accepted too, if there’s anything you want to see uploaded drop me a message in the comments section below and let me know!

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!