Weekly Basslines #194: Isn't It You (Channel 5)

A very special request by Sandra from Cologne. "Channel 5" was a german pop band from Hamburg founded in 1982. I have to admit that I didn't know them prior to Sandra's request. "Isn't It You" was the hit single from their debut album, which sold 80.000 copies. All in all very nice pop music with some harmonic twists. I'm not sure about all the chords, but I think I'm pretty close :-)

Thanks to Sandra for the request and the donation!


Weekly Basslines #193: Drink New Blood (Iggy Pop)

Wow, it's been 7 weeks since my last transcription post here. I've been very busy this summer with playing lots of gigs with my band (14 shows in 7 weeks) and running summer intensive courses at my music school. And it's going on: ten more shows until the end of October and 2 Weekend Workshops besides the regular bass lessons. But anyway I want to try to catch up with my "Weekly Basslines" routine, especially because there's a bunch of requests piled up on my desk. That means I will be posting more than one transcription a week until I'm back in the schedule again.

I'm starting with a request by one of my students:
"Drink New Blood" is from the 2001 studio album "Beat 'em up".

To play this song you have to tune down your E-string a whole step to D. 
This is called "Drop-D-Tuning".

I've also recorded a video tutorial for this song:


Weekly Basslines #192: Think (Mick Jagger)

Today Mick Jagger turns 73.
Besides singing with the Rolling Stones he released 4 solo albums so far. The 1993 album "Wandering Spirit" is my favorite one.

Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2674472

The song "Think" is a cover song originally written by Lowman Pauling  and recorded by his band the "5 Royales" in 1957. (This song is not to be confused with the tune done by Aretha Franklin, which is a different composition.)
In 1960 James Brown did a radical rework of the tune, turning it from R&B into funk.
And finally Mick did another rework by turning it into a driving rock song:


Here's the original version by the The "5 Royales".

And here James Brown's funky version:


Weekly Basslines #191: '39 (Queen)

Today is Brian May's 69th birthday and for this reason I bring to you the transcription of one of my favorite Brian-May-penned Queen songs.

'39 is the fifth track on the famous "Night at the Opera" album from 1975 and is also sung by Brian.

He joked with John Deacon that the most suitable sound for this tune would be a double-bass which John at that time didn't know to play. But a few days later when Brian came to the studio he found John there with a double-bass and he already had learned how to play it.

So Happy Birthday to Brian May and thanks for that wonderful tune.


Weekly Basslines #190: Look On (John Frusciante)

A lot of requests keep coming in lately. Seems like I'm going to be very busy transcribing for the next few weeks.
This weeks bassline had been requested by Gerhard. Thanks for the donation Gerhard :-)

John Frusciante is best known as former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but he also has a very active solo career having released 11 solo albums so far. The song "Look on" can be found on the 2004 release "Inside of emptiness". The bass is played by multi-instrumentalist Josh Klinghoffer, who is the Chili-Pepper's current guitarist.


Weekly Basslines #189: Fools In Love (Joe Jackson)

A while ago I posted a series of transcriptions from my personal bassheroes. Joe Jackson's longtime bassplayer Graham Maby is definitely one of my big idols in his creativity of building interesting basslines while always supporting the song. So of course in the past years I transcribed a lot of his basslines to analyse his playing. Now I combined 14 of his basslines to form my first bass-transcription book called "The Joe Jackson Bass Collection", which is available as pdf-book here:


This weeks bassline is a kind of a bonus, because it's not included in the book. "Fools In Love" from the debut album "Look Sharp" (1979):

Here's an interesting cover version of that song, recorded by Inara George for the TV series "Grey's anatomy":


Weekly Basslines #188: Good Morning Little School Girl (Johnny Winter)

This weeks bassline was requested by Thomas from Kaiserslautern (Germany), who attended my Blues Rock Workshop earlier this year. The song was recorded for Johnny Winters second studio album (first one with Columbia records) simply called "Johnny Winter" in 1969. The bass was played by Tommy Shannon, who later later joined Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band "Double Trouble" in 1981.

In 1999 I had the privilege to play as support act for Johnny Winter on a big festival in Germany with my band "Sunnyland Bluesband". Here a few pictures of my very young looking self from that gig.