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Bass Transcription – Shon Meckfessel’s Complete Bass Part on Cake’s, “The Distance” by Josh Needleman

Josh NeedlemanBass Transcription… “The Distance” is a great bassline that is very funky.

While repetitive at times, the part has space and excellent feel.  I think it sounds funkiest when played primarily on the E and A string.

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Notice the cool three note chromatic slur in the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd sections.

I made a condensed arrangement of the three parts for a YouTube video:


Josh Needleman is a bassist and bass teacher in California.  He is the author of the hit bass instruction book “Getting Around The Bass” which covers tone production, neck memorization, and playing from chord symbols to the jazz level available on Amazon:


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