Transcribing – Weather With you – Crowded House – Bass

It’s transcribing time.

Here’s a quick glimpse at how my transcribing process starts.  This video is the first few seconds of WEATHER WITH YOU by Crowded House.

 

I use the app Anytune and I’ve slowed the song down, transposed it up an octave and applied some frequency filters (built into the app) that isolate the bass.  You should be able to hear the b ass line loud and clear. First Bass And Beyond members will get the transcription in Issue 284 later this week!

 

How To Play Bass To Love Struck Baby Part 1 – Quickguide #7

Here’s the seventh of my series of Quickguide videos. This tutorial is for the first part of Tommy Shannon’s bass line on Love Struck Baby from the first Stevie Ray Vaughan album.

In this video we’re looking at three basic parts: the intro, the 12 bar chorus and the 8 bar verse.

Each section features a playalong at performance tempo with soundalike backing track, and then a playalong at slowed tempo with a metronomic drum track with a hi-hat providing an 8th note pulse.

Here’s the video:

 

First Bass And Beyond

If you’re into Tommy Shannon then you should subscribe to my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond.  This video is related to the seventh column in a series I’m running called Deconstructing Tommy Shannon. This series is scheduled to run for at least another 20 weeks…and is already becoming a favourite among subscribers!

Click the link below for more details:

First Bass And Beyond

PS – if you join as an annual member drop me a line and I’ll throw in the six issues with the first six columns in this series and you can see the detailed deconstruction done on Pride And Joy!

Working Bass Lines

If you’ve checked out this video because you need to pick the song 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

Why Bass Players Need To Know Common Chord Progressions

If you play bass in any of these genres:

  • Rock,
  • pop,
  • soul,
  • reggae
  • country
  • blues

then you need to be aware that there are a relatively small number of chord progressions that are used in songs.  If you know most of these chord progressions and understand how to put together bass lines to these progressions – and understand how to adapt bass lines that guys like James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Chuck Rainey, Jack Bruce, Carl Radle and so on used when they played through these progressions….it will make you a much better bass player.

And you’ll be much better prepared for playing out there in the real world than bass players who’ve not isolated and practiced these common chord progressions.

If you’re not convinced about this, think about the hundreds upon hundreds of songs that have been written in the blues idiom.

Or for pop and rock…check out this 5 minute video and you’ll start to get an understanding of what I’m talking about:

How To Play Bass To Another One Bites The Dust by Queen – Quickguide 6

Here’s the sixth of my series of Quickguide videos. This tutorial is for the Queen tune Another One Bites The Dust.

In this video we’re looking at the main basic parts: the  intro and riff, the verse and the chorus

Each section features a playalong at performance tempo with soundalike backing track, and then a playalong at slowed tempo with a metronomic drum track with a hi-hat providing a 16th note pulse.

Here’s the video:

 

 

 

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 the song 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

A Note For Students In The EU (But Not The UK)

(PLEASE NOTE – IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE EU OR IN THE UK THEN THIS POST HAS NO RELEVANCE TO YOU!)

 

On 1st January 2015 a new regulation comes into force within the EU.  From 1st Jan, VAT is now payable on the sale of digital goods within the EU.  If that was all, then it wouldn’t be a major issue.

However, that VAT is now deemed to be payable in the country of the buyer, not the seller.

Theoretically this means that if I sell any of my courses or products in any one of the other EU countries that’s not the UK, I would have to register for VAT in that country and file quarterly VAT returns in that country.  Additionally to fully comply with the new EU Regulations I would have to collect two different pieces of information about each sale that proves where the sale originated (e.g. buyer’s address, their IP address, the address of their bank, etc etc) AND HOLD THAT DATA FOR 10 YEARS. 

How This Affects Me (And Indirectly….You)

Because I’m literally a one man band the requirements of these new regulations are too time consuming for me to comply with and make sure that I’m meeting the legal requirements of these new regulations.

Therefore – after thinking long and hard about this, and long meetings with my accountant  – I’ve taken the decision that from 1st January 2015 I will no longer sell any of my educational material to students within the EU for the forseeable future.

Courses affected will include (but not be limited to):

  • First Bass And Beyond
  • Bass For Beginners
  • Working Basslines
  • Blues Bass
  • Walking Basslines
  • Basslines 101
  • Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass
  • Cracking The Detroit Code
  • Working Basslines – Funk, Soul And Disco Volume

Currently I also sell a bunch of PDFS – song transcriptions and the like – and these will also be removed from sale.

ANY SALES MADE FROM THE EU AFTER JAN 1st WILL BE REFUNDED AS SOON AS I SEE THEM AND NO PRODUCTS WILL BE DELIVERED

How Long Will This Last?

I’m deeply disappointed with this new legislation – it’s poorly thought out and inconsistent. (For example, the requirement to keep two pieces of data about each sale contradicts the EU’s Privacy Laws and I would probably have to register to be a data controller to legally be able to keep that information on file).

Hopefully in 2015 the legislation – or the interpretation of the legislation – will change sufficiently to allow me to recommence selling to the rest of the EU.  But only time will tell.  Obviously if the situation changes then I will post about that.

Please feel free to ask questions about this by leaving a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Play Bass To Sweet Home Alabama Part 2 – Quickguide #5

Here’s the fifth of my series of Quickguide videos.

This is the second part of a two parter looking at the different parts of Sweet Home Alabama.  In this part we’re looking at Verse 3, Chorus 2, the guitar solo and the piano solo/outro.  Each section features a playalong at performance tempo with soundalike backing track, and then a playalong at slowed tempo with a metronomic drum track with a hi-hat providing a 16th note pulse.

Here’s the video:

 

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. There’s also a note by note version of Sweet Home Alabama in the Working Basslines Vol 1. collection.  Check it out here:

Working Basslines Volume 1

How To Play Bass To Sweet Home Alabama Part 1 – Quickguide #4

Here’s the fourth of my series of Quickguide videos.

This is the first part of a two parter looking at the different parts of Sweet Home Alabama.  In this part we’re looking at the intro, Verse 1, the 4 bar ‘riff’ between verses, Verse 2 and the chorus.  Each section features a playalong at performance tempo with soundalike backing track, and then a playalong at slowed tempo with a metronomic drum track with a hi-hat providing a 16th note pulse.

Here’s the video:

 

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. There’s also a note by note version of Sweet Home Alabama in the Working Basslines Vol 1. collection.  Check it out here:

Working Basslines Volume 1

How To Play Bass To Black Magic Woman – Santana – Quickguide #3

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

This tutorial features the main parts of the Santana version of Black Magic Woman.  Now I’ve played this song many times with different bands – for some reason bands don’t seem to play the latin outro.  So in this tutorial I’ve focused on the main rockier blues sections of the tune.

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:

Intro – Use Intro pattern

Guitar Solo – Use Solo pattern

Piano Solo – 8 bars – Use solo 2 pattern

Verse – Use verse pattern

Verse pattern repeats….feel free to throw in variations.

 

 

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

 

 

How To Play The Bass To Message In A Bottle – Quickguide Lesson #2

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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How To Play Bass To All About That Bass – Quickguide Lesson #1

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