Weekly Basslines #203: Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)

🎄🎄🎄..and this week: another christmas song....🎄🎄🎄


Weekly Basslines #202: Merry Christmas Everyone (Shaking Stevens)

It's getting time to learn some Christmas songs. 🎄

My students keep asking me for Christmas songs and so I decided to post some here on my blog!

Here's a nice one by Shaking Stevens originally released in 1985.

Last year (2015) Shakin' Stevens released a new version of the song as a charity single in collaboration with the Salvation Army. 

More Christmas songs on my blog:


Weekly Basslines #201: Wake Up Everybody (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)

What a great song, a true classic with a great message and it still holds true today.

Harold Melvin was one of the driving forces behind the Philadelphia Soul (Phillysoul) genre featuring artists like Archie Bell & The Drells, Hall & Oates, The Manhattans, Billy Paul, Todd Rungren, The Trammps, The Spinners and many more.

The band was already founded in the 50's as "The Charlemagnes", but were most famous with their recordings for the Philadelphia International Records label between 1972 - 1975 with lead singer Teddy Pendergrass.

"Wake up everybody" is from the 1975 platinum album of the same name and was the biggest success for the band.

Thanks to Sherry & Matthew from Michigan again, for requesting this beautiful song.


Weekly Basslines #200: Down On The Street (Shakatak)

Edition 200 of my "Weekly Basslines series" is a requested bassline by Sandra from Cologne.

The group Shakatak is a british jazz-funk band founded in 1980 and still playing. In 36 years they released 36! albums. "Down On the Street" is from the 1984 album of the same name and was a big success reaching #9 in the UK charts.

So Sandra, thanks again for the donation :-)


Weekly Basslines #198: School's Out / Another brick in the wall (Hollywood Vampires)

In preparation of a gig I'll be playing as sub in two weeks time I transcribed this new and thrilling version of Alice Coopers 70ies classic hit "School's Out" covered by the man himself joined by a few friends like Johnny Depp & Joe Perry.
My transcription follows the studio recorded version from the 2015 debut album.

Here's a live version from "Rock in Rio". To play along with this version you'll have to tune down the bass a half step to Eb, Ab, Db, Gb. The studio version is in standard tuning.

The song starts at 40.00 min.