Bass Transcription – John McLaughlin’s Solo on “Off The One” by Lucas Pickford


Hey bass players. I thought I’d give you something challenging to start off 2014 with. Once again, it’s not a solo by a bass player but rather another master of strings, guitarist John McLaughlin. The solo is on a tune of John’s called “Off The One” from his CD entitled “Floating Point”. The solo begins […]

Bass Transcription – Eddie Gomez Bass Solo on Bill Evans’ We Will Meet Again by Lucas Pickford


Bass Transcription – Eddie Gomez Bass Solo on Bill Evans’ We Will Meet Again by Lucas Pickford… Acoustic bassist Eddie Gomez in one of my all time favorites. I’ve contributed one other Gomez transcription here for Bass Musician Magazine awhile back. This is another Eddie Gomez solo from that same album, this time on a beautiful Bill Evans […]

Bass Transcription by Lucas Pickford – Michael Brecker’s Solo on GIANT STEPS


This month I’ve chosen to feature the late tenor sax giant, Michael Brecker’s solo on the extremely demanding John Coltrane composition Giant Steps. Why not feature a bass solo on this tune?  It’s been my experience that we bassists can better broaden not only our musical vocabulary by studying the solos of non bass players, but […]

Bass Transcription by Lucas Pickford – Anthony Jackson on What Cha Gonna Do For Me


What Cha Gonna Do For Me was R&B singer Chaka Khan’s third solo album released in 1981. Produced by Arif Mardin the album’s personnel is veritable who’s who of the music world. In addition the great Anthony Jackson who’s bass part is transcribed here, the album also included the Brecker Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Hiram Bullock, […]

Bass Transcription by Lucas Pickford – John McLaughlin Guitar Solo on Tones For Elvin Jones


Bass Transcription – John McLaughlin Guitar Solo on Tones For Elvin Jones This month I decided to really give everyone a challenge. This is a guitar solo transcription of an absolutely killing solo by guitar wizard John McLaughlin. The song is called ‘Tones For Elvin Jones’ and it’s in 5/4. It is a repeating 8 […]

Pick’s Transcription Workshop: John McLaughlin’s Incredible Line on Mr. D.C.


This tune is a dedication to the band’s amazing drummer Dennis Chambers.  This tune is from the 1997 CD by John McLaughlin called “The Heart of Things”. It features a close friend and amazing bass player Matthew Garrison along with Jim Beard on keys, and Gary Thomas on tenor sax. The band plays the melody […]

Pick’s Transcription Workshop: Marcus Miller’s Live Solo “Scoop”


Meet Lucas Pickford – I chose this particular Marcus Miller bass solo because it is a veritable encyclopedia of Miller’s most used but never abused signature licks. I don’t give specific fingerings as I feel it’s best for the individual to find what fingerings work for him/herself.

Pick’s Transcription Workshop: Anthony Jackson Bassline on “What Cha Gonna Do For Me?”


Meet Lucas Pickford – Click here to view the AJ Bass Part on What-Cha-Gonna-Do-For-Me This is the title track to Ms. Khan’s third solo album on Warner Bros. Anthony Jackson described this recoding as being the peak of his playing ability up until that point. He says that he could hear a mature, definitive style […]

Pick’s Transcription Workshop: Que Alegria Played by Bassist Dominique Di Piazza


Meet Lucas Pickford – This tune “Que Alegria” by John McLaughlin from the CD of the same name is a terrific bass feature. The bassist is the great Frenchman Dominique Di Piazza. Dominique plays the melody after a long percussion intro that happens between McLaughlin and master Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu. I chose to write […]

Pick’s Transcription Workshop: Bassist Eddie Gomez’ Solo on “Pools”


Meet Lucas Pickford – Originally called Steps when it was formed in 1979 by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, this group at various times has included tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker; keyboardists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elias, and Rachel Z; guitarist Mike Stern; bassists Eddie Gomez and Darryl Jones; and drummers Peter Erskine and Steve Smith, among others. Its […]