Weekly Basslines #232: Santa Fe (from RENT)

In 2009 I had the pleasure to play the musical "RENT" and ever since it's my all time favourite musical. It's rather a rock opera as it contains a few really rocking numbers and it's a real bonanza for extraordinary basslines like the one in "Santa Fe".

Here's my version:


Weekly Basslines #231: Crime Of Passion (Uriah Heep)

What a fantastic bassline! Trevor Bolder's stunning debut with Uriah Heep.

The 1977 album "Fire Fly" was the first album with Trevor Bolder on bass, replacing John Wetton, who played on the two previous albums "Return To Fantasy" and "High and Mighty".
From 1971 until 1973 Trevor played with "The Spiders from Mars", David Bowie's Backing-Band. After joining Uriah Heep in 1977 he remained wih the group until his death in 2013.

The song "Crime Of Passion" wasn't on the actual "Firefly" album, as it it was used as B-side to the first single "Wise Man".


Weekly Basslines #230: Amárrame (Mon Laferte feat. Juanes)

Here's the second episode of the south american and caribbean style transcriptions. 

Norma Monserrat Bastamante Laferte, better known as Mon Laferte is a chilean singer-songwriter. She plays several instruments like guitar, piano, drums and harmonica and although her influences are mainly rock, blues and pop she frequently uses traditional elements in her music. The song "Amárrame" is from her fifth album "La Trenza" and features the Colombian singer "Juanes" who had a big success here in Europe with his song "La camisa negra" in 2004. 

"Amárrame" like "La Camisa negra" is based on the Cumbia rhythm.

Cumbia is amusical style and a traditional dance from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, although it has been adapted in other latin american countries like Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina among others.

The “tambora” (a two headed drum) and other African percussion instruments make up the original Cumbia instrumentation.

Here’s the signature two bar tambora rhythm for the Cumbia:

Here’s the Cumbia-Rhythm played on drumset with a charateristic bass pattern:

And here's the bass transcription to "Amárrame":

See also episode 1 of the south american and caribbean style transcriptions:

Weekly Basslines #225: La Sitiera (Oscar D'Leon y su Orquestra)