Connect with us

Latest

Sweet Passion : Fretless Bass with Yves Carbonne

Published

on

Dear Bass Players Friends,This month, I bring to you my transcription of, “Sweet Passion”. This is another song from my first album, “Seven Waves” featuring Guillaume Eyango (Alternity Records).

The major part of the orchestration was created with three, 8-string fretless sub-bass guitars:

–  1 is playing the melodic line
–  Another one is playing the chords
–  Another one is playing the bass line

So studying this song is a good way to approach the several aspects of the music (melody, harmony & rhythm) on a bass guitar, and more particularly on an 8-string fretless sub-bass guitar with a range of 5 octaves.

The first idea for this song was the chords part. I play it alone with the drums at the beginning. You have to listen to the song to understand what I do. It’s a mix of bass notes, harmonics and open strings, all in the same time. I had to practice it a lot to find the good equilibrium.

The melody was first an improvisation… something very simple but played spontaneously with a correct feeling, so I decided to keep that as the melody of the song. Since then, each time I play it, I find that it’s more difficult to be lyrical and simple with a good intonation than playing to much, I mean playing a lot of notes. Giving a great attention to the way I control my vibrato also helps my to find a right interpretation. Staying in tune, especially when the melody goes very high (example: bar 13), is very difficult. So basically I try to play simple things and I focus on emotions. Then I record my work, and I listen to the result to hear if I have something decent!

The bass part can be played on a 5 or 6 string, but some notes can be below the standard range (example: bar 10, played 1 octave lower than written). It’s a deep bass part with a strong groove, again something simple but requiring time to have the right play.

Please listen to this song several times, and try to hear distinctly each of the 3 parts. Then start to learn each part separately.  Please work at your own rhythm, some details can be vey difficult.

Enjoy the song and when you feel comfortable with it, try to record your own version.

Have fun; music should always be used to give good emotions and pleasure!

Thank you for reading and enjoying this article.

Please click on the first link below to listen to “Sweet Passion”
Next click on the 2nd link to start downloading the transcription…

Download Sweet_Passion_2.mp3
Download Sweet_Passion_Transcription.pdf

Bass Videos

Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

Published

on

WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

Continue Reading

Bass Videos

Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

Published

on

Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

Follow Online

Continue Reading

Latest

This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

Published

on

TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

FEATURED @jermsbass @degierguitars @meridian_guitars @xvector_basses @marleaux_bassguitars @mattissonbass @alesvychodilbasses @gvguitars @thebassplace @xylembassguitar

View More Bass Gear News

Continue Reading

Bass CDs

New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

Published

on

New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

Continue Reading

Gear News

New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

Published

on

New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

Continue Reading