Weekly Basslines #210: Right Back Where We Started From (Maxine Nightingale)

Another request from Sherry & Mathew from Michigan.

This bassline is another nice example for a bassline utilizing the so-called 1-5-6-pattern, which I've clearly described in an earlier post. Look here:


Weekly Basslines #209: A Space Oddity (David Bowie)

Remembering David Bowie on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Actually this song was a request by one of my students and it's a total coincidence that I just finished the transcribtion today.

"A Space Oddity" was inspired by Stanley Kubricks movie „2001: A Space Odyssey“ and was recorded an June 20th 1969 at Trident Studios with a young Rick Wakeman on Mellotron, Mick Wayne on guitar, Herbie Flowers on bass and Terry Cox on drums. The single was released nine days before the moon landing, but because of the lyrics the BBC refused to play the song until the Apollo 11 crew had safely returned to earth.

Herbie Flowers, one of Britain's best-known session bass-player, has recorded with Elton John, David Essex, Al Kooper, Cat Stevens and gained much fame with his prominent bassline to Lou Reeds “Walk On The Wild Side”, where he combined double-bass and electric-bass.

Definitely Herbie gave me a hard time transcribing with his extensive use of alternate root notes, slides and Jamerson-like syncopations in complex licks all over the fretboard, It's probably one of the most difficult transcribtions I ever did.

Here's the isolated bass from the original album recording:

R.I.P. David Bowie


Most viewed basslines 2016

At the beginning of this year I promised to do more transcriptions in 2016 than i did in 2015.
And I did :-)

45 basslines were transcribed for this blog and the "Weekly Basslines" series. 7 weeks I couldn't do a post, as I was on tour with my band. 18 songs were requested.
I think it was a pretty successful year for my blog. The total views are right now at 721.562, which makes it very likely to reach the million next year!

Here's a list of the Top Ten most viewed basslines on this blog in 2016:

7. Sightreading Exercises (1128 views)

Which was your favorite one??


Weekly Basslines #207: Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) (Looking Glass)

Another request by Sherry & Matthew from Michigan.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper's did a cover of this song on their "Live in Hyde Park"-album:


Weekly Basslines #206: Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

The "Lucky Man" is gone now....

Last week Greg Lake died after suffering from cancer on December 7th at the age of 69.

R.I.P. Greg Lake


Weekly Basslines #205: Thank God It's Christmas (Queen)

My wife insisted that I have to do at least one more Christmas song this year and as she's a big Freddie Mercury fan, she requested me to do "Thank God It's Christmas" by Queen...
..and so I did.... ❤ for her..