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  1. So here we go again another 4 weeks at least suffering repeats on TV. So what to do? a bass player with no work. In the past in between my 3 months in work and a month off I would get bored practicing tunes I most likely would never play, so I would practice a different style of playing just for fun. Pick playing, Muted notes, Slap Bass etc. On one month break I was offered an audition in Nottingham (at the time I was living in Newport, South Wales) normally I would have turned audition down but my brothers son was living in Nottingham and had not seen him for a while. So I dropped my Bro off and made my way to the audition. All charts I was given to read where simple and I began to get annoyed that I had driven all that way. Being bored I decided next tune I would pay would be in a style that I had practiced for fun. The next chart was Sept 63 so I had a few bars to think, I decided to compliment the rhythm with muted notes. The band loved it and I got 6 months of work from it. Hardly ever does a chart say use a pick or slap but often muted notes are written. Like Garlic Bread muted notes are the future. So here is a practice movie. Do I Do.mp4
  2. Many Thanks Bilbo. Much appreciated.
  3. By chance yesterday I was amusing myself watching uTube and stumbled across the Leland Sklar channel. Session bass player who has been around years. In the attached video he plays Sussudio.
  4. Rick Beato is always worth a watch.
  5. I have been playing bass for more than 40 years and any musical situation I have found myself in has always relied on how good or how bad the drummer is. Many moons ago I started work as a cruise ship musician playing in the orchestra, this means that more than a good 90% of my playing was reading and the other 10% chord sheets. My first cruise found me joining a Trio playing on a ship in the Caribbean. The drummer was the MD and he would forever say my last bass player didn't play it like that, fortunately the keyboard player would step in and look at my chart and say "That's what's written". After about two weeks the MD summoned me to his cabin to read an email he was sending to the head office stating he felt I would be best suited to an orchestra gig and that he would like a replacement. A month later I joined the Orchestra on a different ship with an MD who was a keyboard player. It was his first contract as an MD and was keen to make an impression. After about 3 weeks myself and the drummer were called for a meeting and was told in no uncertain terms unless our playing improved we would be on the next flight home. The MD took me aside and asked if I felt the gig was beyond my playing. No, I said far from it I just cant gel with the drummer. The drummer was fired 2 weeks later for fighting in the crew bar (instant dismal on cruise ships). A new replacement drummer was found and after the first night of playing the MD summoned the drummer and myself to the crew bar. He wanted to buy us both a drink in his words " Tonight I had two new musicians playing for the first time, and what an excellent job you both did". New drummer was bemused as he knew I had been in the orchestra for close on two months. The MD thanked me for teaching him a huge lesson. I continued playing on cruise ships for the next 16 years. To conclude, for me it's all about the drums and if things don't sit right with your playing before you give up playing be sure to check it's not the drummer and not you. My favourite drummer who has played on the most memorable tunes which I only liked because of the drumming and which I only found out it was Steve Gadd, "Fifty Ways to leave your lover""Chuck E's In Love""Aja" etc.etc.
  6. For the past several years I have been creating my own practice movies. My idea was to create a movie which enabled me to randomly choose a song that not only contained a transcription but also the song to play along to. Many are my own transcriptions and several I would have downloaded from Basschat (heads up to ChrisDev, TomRead, Steve Glasgow plus others always a good source) many I would would often download from random sites I found via a google search. After a rewrite due to any errors I would then create a practice movie for myself. To cut a long story short I have decided to share the 400 plus files I have made. The list grows by the day. Any file that has 2 or more by the same artist I have created there own folder the rest are in the Various Play Alongs folder. I hope there are folks on here who will find them useful. I would appreciate your views, either good or bad. Unsure how legal these are so best download your favourites while you can. Oh yes and any TABS have been removed in order to preserve the dignity of bass players who do not rely on an out dated and unreliable form of music transcription. And if you have a transcription you would like me to create similar with please email me. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sfC9-zxzMUQ2v0NJla8KGoyJ896Mvz1e
  7. First time I heard this track back in the day it blew me away. Still does. Those false harmonics are something else.
  8. Struggled to find a descent transcription of this for years until I discovered the attached PDF. To my ears the second bar is not only spot on but also falls logically under the fingers. 1. Ian+Dury+Hit+Me+With+Your+Rhythm+Stick.pdf
  9. I have attached a small part of Level 42's "The Machine Stops" which may help. To clarify LH (left hand) is a muted note without hitting the string with the right hand. The Machine Stops.pdf
  10. As regards your fretting hand, a finger per fret is always the way to go, many tunes can be played without the need to shift your left hand position, this may require you play a usually open string fretted, often a bit of a stretch at first but in the long runs pays dividends, plus, if you are ever required to transpose a tune up or down and you have learnt the tune using open strings then you will have a problem. when I began playing I took it upon myself to only ever play the E string open, you also have far more control of a fretted note, just be sure to warm up and rest if any unusual pain in your left hand or arm starts. As regards your right hand plucking hand. Try to practice playing quavers with a different attack with alternating fingers. The first note (first finger) being louder than the second (second finger) this second note can even be muted. And then alternate attack,
  11. Dougie Thomson's bass line on "Lady" by Supertramp Lady.pdf
  12. Here we go mate. I believe it was a Arcelles Sykes transcription. Shooting Star.pdf
  13. You gently rest your thumb on the string below the one your playing surely?
  14. Anyone have a transcription? I suspect not. (The "fella with the Brite Nitegown" refers to a statement from W.C. Fields -- he liked to refer to Death as "the fellow in the bright nightgown."). I dreamed I had a fever I was pushin' one-oh-three My mom's all upset - cryin' by my bedside Everybody's prayin' for me I hear a scratchin' at the window I somehow twist myself around I realize I'm eyes to eyes With the fella in the Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown You can't fight with the fella In the Brite Nitegown The eagle flies on Friday My baby wants to bash I hit the ATM - and march down the street With a roll of party cash Right then a couple lit-up brothers They gently put me on the ground They do the steal and leave me to deal With the fella in the Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown You can't fight with the fella In the Brite Nitegown Ten milligrams of Chronax Will whip you back through time Past Hebrew kings - and furry things To the birth of humankind I shared in all of nature's secrets But when I finally came around I'm sittin' on the rug gettin' a victory hug From the fella in the brite Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown Brite Nitegown You can't fight with the fella In the Brite Nitegown
  15. My final words are this, TAB is really the work of the devil and more often than not inaccurate. It belongs in Room 101. TAB should only be used as a learning aid on the way to learning to read notation. There are far too many TAB sites but thankfully, not enough but also several sites with really good transcriptions, TKendrick to name just one. However there is just one exception to my hatred of TAB, this site I believe belongs around the year 1700, just prior to the start of notation as we know today, and the only site I would recommend. If all TAB was written this way I would have no issue with it. Unfortunately the site is now subscription only to download but the songs are all visible. Also be aware not all have the bass lines and also several have the bass written on the very last page. https://www.guitar.ch/en/guitars/tabs/tabs.html
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