9/01/2014

Weekly Basslines #139: Living In The Past (Jethro Tull)

Glenn Cornick the original bass player for Jethro Tull sadly passed away last week at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. He played on the band’s first three albums, “This Was” (1968), “Stand Up” (1969) and “Benefit” (1970), and contributed amazingly inspiring and memorable basslines like "Bourreé" (including the famous bass solo, which I transcribed two years ago) or "Living In The Past" which I show you here.
This song written in an unusual 5/4 time signature is driven by the remarkable bassline mainly built on chord arpeggios. The main riff has a 3 + 2 phrasing:











R.I.P. Glenn Cornick