Over the past few years Iíve been
asked by students to show them how to play a number of songs by the likes
of Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, and Victor Wooten, and as chance would
have it, they usually never ask for songs I can get from a book, so I
transcribe them by ear.
Normally, we just work on the ďmajorĒ
sections of the songs. Students invent their own solo, or use fragments of
the transcribed solo in our improvisation workshops.
Iíve decided to finish my favorite songs and offer complete
transcriptions to anyone who wants them.
You can also see a video of me playing the song as a reference
guide. My goal is to release 12 transcriptions by the end of 2008,
so please check back every month if you are interested.
I will not be releasing any songs
that are available in a book, or in the case of Marcus, his upcoming book. I also wonít be doing any songs you can easily find on any
of the major tab web sites.
90% of the music will be from Marcus
Miller, by far my favorite musician.
I bought Tales shortly after it was released and have been seeing
him live in Los Angeles since 1995. Tales
was the first contemporary bass record I bought and it was nothing like
the Rush or Zeppelin I grew up with.
I had no idea until then a bass could do that.
You can also see a video of me playing selected songs as a reference. My goal is to continually release transcriptions so please check back if you are interested.
Thankfully, my students have
constantly challenged me and Iíve tried to be as serious as I can with
the double thumb technique. A
number of years ago I paid someone to transcribe 3 Marcus solos for me.
Since then I've been trying on my own and have transcribed
at least the first eight measures of over 50 bass solo's that I
like, and that alone has taught me a wealth of information regarding solo
Iíve found that students do best when they can see my hands. Unlike other sites that offer transcriptions to fairly difficult jazz songs in sheet music only, I do not have a problem with tab. Some people can just pick up an instrument and do quite well. If you havenít learned to read yet and you can play these songs, youíre probably not going to learn anytime soon, so have at it. This is about understanding the pentatonic and diatonic scale patterns, and seeing where to put your fingers is invaluable. Besides, itís just plain cool to be able to play your favorite songs.
There should be some fingering differences between what Iíve done and the actual songs, but I have tabbed the way I approach practicing scales. This has been done predominately by myself, but where a student has had some valuable input I have given them credit.