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Here’s the second in my series of Quickguide videos.

This tutorial features the main parts of the Police tune “Message In A Bottle.” This song is a perfect song for beginners to add to their repertoire of songs that they can play.  By mastering it you’ll learn about anticipated rhythms and it’s reasonably fast so it will help with your  plucking of 8th note patterns.  Plus there’s a quarter note triplet pattern in the chorus to pick up as well!

I’ve chunked the song down into four parts and these parts are played in the video tutorial first with a soundalike backing track at performance tempo.  And then with a slowed down metronomic drum beat with an 8th note hi-hat pulse so you can track the duration and placement of notes.

Picture in picture technology is used in the video to give you close ups of the fretting and picking hands.

Here’s the video:

 

Here’s how to put the chunks of the song together to play through the tune:

Verse 1 – use Verse pattern

Pre-Chorus – use Pre-chorus pattern

Chorus – Use Chorus pattern

Verse 2 – use Verse pattern – but don’t play for the first 4 bars

Pre-Chorus – use pre-chorus pattern

Chorus 2 – use chorus 2 pattern

Verse 3 – – use Verse pattern

Pre-Chorus – use pre-chorus pattern

Chorus 3 – use chorus 2 pattern (but drop the second low F#)

Outro – Repeat verse riff to fade

 

 

Bass For Beginners Course

If you are a beginner I’ve got a 30 lesson online course where learning songs like this is built into the DNA of the course and the learning process that you might want to check out.  You can find more details here:

Bass For Beginners Course

 

Working Bass Lines

If you’’ve checked out this video because you need to pick it up for a gig, then you might want to check out my collection of 50 tutorials to songs that working bands often play.  Click the link below:

Working Basslines Volume 1

 

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Here’s a new series of lessons starting with All About That Bass.

I’ve split the song into five parts and each part has been filmed played along with a soundalike backing track at performance tempo (which is around 160 BPM  and also at a much reduced tempo – 110 BPM – with just a drum track).  Additionally all parts have been filmed using picture in picture video editing so that you can get a close up of the plucking and fretting hands.  Here’s the video:

 

Here’s the ‘roadmap’ for the song:
Intro  (use intro pattern)
Verse 1 (use verse pattern)
Verse  2 (use ‘Every Inch Of You Is Perfect’)
My Mama She Told Me (Use ‘Mama She Told Me’ pattern’)
Breakdown – I(ntro pattern)
Verse (use ‘Booty Back variation)
My Mama She Told Me (use ‘Mama she told me’ pattern)

All About That Bass (use ‘intro pattern)
All About That Bass continues (use verse pattern)
All About That Bass continues (use Mama She Told Me)

 

Working Basslines

If you’ve checked out this tutorial there’s a good chance that you’re a working bass player and might need to pick this tune up for a gig.  If so then you might want to check out my collection of 50 tutorials to songs that working bands often play.  Click the link below:

Working Basslines Volume 1

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In The August Ezine we’re going to have an example of what I call a working bassline.  The line in question is Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker – and

Here’s the video tutorial:

 

And here’s the PDF – download it by right clicking and using the ‘Save As’ dialogue:

august14-ezine

 

 

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’ve been posting.  This is American Pie…I’ve kept the vocals on this one so you can hear the bass in context of the song.

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Here’s a great 50 minute clip I found on YouTube of Stevie Wonder playing live in a TV studio in 1972.  The bass players is Scott Edwards Jr:

 

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’m posting.  This is the bass line to Pump It up – and this was played by Bruce Thomas:

I created a video tutorial on the main parts of  this song a while back.  Here’s Part 1:

 

And here’s Part 2:

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’m posting.  This is the bass line to Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams:

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’m posting.  This is Garry Tallent’s line on the Springsteen classic Born To Run:

 

I wish I’d had this available when I transcribed Born To Run for First Bass And Beyond several years ago!

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’m posting.  This is Paul McCartney’s masterpiece line on Something by The Beatles.  It’s well worth the investment in time to transcribe and learn this.

Enjoy:

 

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Here’s the next in the series of isolated bass lines that I’m posting.  This is Tiran Porter’s bass line on Long Train Running by The Doobie Brothers:

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