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Bass Tab 2013

Bass Tab 2013There are several approaches to learning  the latest hit songs. The first, my favorite, is to lift the tune by ear. I enjoy the challenge of this approach,  even though I might not get it all right in one try. I think it helps me get a grasp on the structure of a song.

Another way to go is to  have your teacher help you work it out, taking advantage of their “Lifting” skills and experience.

Lastly, you can always get a music book with everything all worked out for you! You can  even use such a book to make a few corrections if you have attempted the first two approaches.

Lets have a quick look at Bass Tab 2013 from Hal Leonard publishing… 

You get the music in both standard notation and Tab’s for 12 of the hottest commercial hits of 2013.

Here is the list:

Blurred  Lines                                 Robin Thicke

Daylight                                           Maroon 5

Get Lucky                                        Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

The Hangman’s Body Count       Volbeat

Just Give Me A Reason                Pink featuring Nate Ruess

Locked out of Heaven                  Bruno Mars

Next To Me                                    Emile Sande

Panic Station                                 Muse

Radioactive                                    Imagine Dragons

Still into You                                 Paramore

Suit & Tie                                       Justin Timberlake

We Are Young                               Fun featuring Janelle Monae

The only thing I would have liked would have been a CD to go with this music, but as they are popular tunes you can get the ones you like easily enough on your own.

If you are adding some 2013 hits to your set list, this might be the book for you.

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  1. Patrick Witt

    January 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Everything that I have ever learned on bass (dating back to 1984), has ALWAYS been lifted by ear. Growing up, my family was always into music. My mother and father are both concert pianists, and I was almost required to start singing in the church choir by the age of 12…..bass, of course. It is there, that I met the person responsible for me picking up the bass and learning it. I learned everything by ear, and trial & error. Within the first week, I was already adding my own stuff to popular country songs, and it just grew from there. All without the first formal lesson, which still holds true today. Point being, I greatly appreciate someone in your position expressing their love for picking up music by ear. I think it is something today’s generation has lost. – The ability to listen – At least two out of my four kids are now interested in music, and I am constantly giving them “listening” exercises so that they will be able to do as I did…and learn by ear.
    I just wanted to thank you for your view, and thank you for this article. Well done!

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