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October 17, 2019

Wow, did I really not have any Ron Carter transcriptions on here before this? What a sin.

I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Boston at the Regatta and he was every bit as good as I hoped he would be. I went up to him after the show and, the open-jawed college boy...

August 10, 2019

This bass transcription is Paul Chambers full bass line from Miles Davis' famous 1957 album, "Round Midnight." Let's dive right in!

So last year marked 20 years I've been playing bass. Every year, I become more convinced that when we're trying to learn from the best bas...

August 13, 2017

This bass transcription is the full Percy Heath walking bass line to But Not For Me (Take 2) from Miles Davis' 1957 album "Bag's Groove."

As always, when I think about take-aways for my own playing, I like to examine trends. That is: what are the consistent, repeat...

August 5, 2017

This is the full Percy Heath bass transcription from Miles Davis' 1957 "Bag's Groove" album title track.

[Update: this is Take 1. Thank you Sean for asking about this!]

The first thing that stands out to my ears: the staccato notes. From a purely educational standpoint,...

July 17, 2017

In the beginning, God said, “Let there be bass.” Paul Chambers appeared. He looketh upon Him, and He saw that it was good.

Today’s FULL bass transcription comes from the 1956 Sonny Rollins’ album “Tenor Madness,” featuring Paul Chambers.

Before we dive into the transcrip...

July 14, 2017

Chambers madness continues! This transcription is Paul Chambers full walking line and solo from "Red Pepper Blues", from the 1957 Art Pepper album, ever-so-appropriately named, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section.

So much to excite the ears in this walking bass line!

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January 16, 2017

Three things I liked most about Paul Chambers from this gem on Red Garland's 1957 "Groovy" album:

1) Repeated ideas. I think often as artists we feel compelled to come up with something brand new every time we touch the bass strings. And while there's plenty of variety...

January 3, 2017

I was a late, and I mean LATE, bloomer in high school... in just about every way I can think of, including music.

Although I was SUPER excited about music, I started relatively late compared to my peers, not joining the school jazz band until I was a senior.

Our incredib...

October 24, 2016

I once took a class with drummer Ralph Peterson whose hero was Art Blakey and said about him, "Art Blakey plays with fire."

If Art Blakey plays with fire, Paul Chambers plays with lightning.

How? Tension and release.

But while other Paul Chambers lines like the famous So...

October 17, 2016

Paul Chambers' excellent bass line from the 1956 track A Foggy Day with the Red Garland Trio... has been updated!

The big update is added chord symbols. Enjoy!

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