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

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lucaspickfordbio-1Bass 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 waltz called “We Will Meet Again”. Eddie Gomez grew up in New York City and after attending Juilliard in 1963 he began playing with people like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Steve Gadd, Miles Davis, and countless other jazz greats. But it was his twelve year long stint with pianist Bill Evans (himself a former Miles Davis sideman) that really made Gomez a legend.
The Bill Evans Trio started out with another legendary  acoustic bassist Scott LaFaro. LaFaro’s life was cut short however when he was killed in a car accident at the age of just 25. LaFaro left some very big shoes to fill and Gomez stepped right in and took over where LaFaro had left off. Gomez is an incredibly deft soloist especially up in the high register of the acoustic bass. He’s also one of THE most melodic bass players acoustic or electric. I chose to transcribe this solo on “We Will Meet Again” because it IS so melodic.

Bass Transcription - Eddie Gomez Bass Solo on Bill Evans' We Will Meet Again
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The solo begins at 0:52 seconds into the tune and Evans sets up the time (3/4) and the tempo during the two bars before Gomez begins his perfectly crafted solo. Because Eddie plays in the very high register of the bass I’ve chosen (as I often do) to write the solo in Treble Clef as to avoid having to use excessive ledger lines in Bass Clef. If you have a fretless you may enjoy playing this solo on it.

No matter what you bass you play this solo on it will teach you volumes about how to really make melodies during your solo and not just playing your best licks as fast as possible.

This solo is a master class in economy and the use of space. And of course you should pay close attention to the chord scales and the specific notes Eddie chooses to play over the different chord types. Like at the end of bar #3 where Gomez chooses to emphasize the natural 13th ( a D note) over an Fmin6/9. Also pay attention to the fast triplet arpeggios Eddie plays. He uses them when he wants to “climb” higher on the fingerboard. In the 6th bar of the 2nd chorus Gomez plays an amazingly fast arpeggio over the G7(alt) hitting a high F which is really up there on an acoustic bass. That lick is hard to play period! So there you go. If you take the time to really mine this solo for all its valuable melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic information, you are sure to end up will a very large pile of musical gold.

Lucas Pickford

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

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www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

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www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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