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This month’s transcription is Uptown Funk, with Jamareo Artis on bass.

Uptown Funk

This month’s transcription is Uptown Funk, with Jamareo Artis on bass. It is taken from Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special album (2015). Each track off the album references a certain genre and period of music, in this case it’s Funk via Prince and the “Minneapolis Sound” of the 1980s. The modality is centered around D minor, however the bass line has little to do with this as it plays root notes all the way through. The technique you are aiming for is grooving a slap line on a 5 string bass. There is a full transcription of the song and then a short crib notes version for 4 string bass to get stuck into.

Main Riff.

The main bass groove is an echo of the catchy intro’s scat vocal line. It utilises the classic (long short), dotted quaver into semi-quaver funk rhythm. However that’s not all! There is a chromatic run during the drum break and then the doubling up of the snare fills underneath the horns in the chorus. All whilst still slapping away. This track is noteworthy for Jamareo’s use of space and restraint. The fills are tight and only serve the music, not his technique.

Things to note are Jamareo’s precision pocket playing, his extensive use of slides and his dynamics; slap for loud and fingers for quiet. An idea to steal off the record is his deceptive percussive tapping (fingers just pushing down muted strings into the pick ups) from bar 6; however subtle it adds that extra layer to the drums which is not there at the bar 16 break.

Technical bits.

There really isn’t much to the this song in terms of construction; there are 3 sections which are best seen in the crib transcription for 4 string bass. It has a simple funk groove which is augmented, as the piece progresses, with very tight subtle fills and overdubs. The challenge will be getting these fills in and then back to beat one of the next bar. Most fills have been overdubbed and dropped in, so a better idea, and one this track lends itself to, is coming up with your own ideas. Check out the Marcus Miller quote in the reoccurring fill at bar 30.

That aside, this technique will not sound authentic without the right sound, think Marcus Miller. His sound is unique and a lot of that is down to his attack and his Fender bass. The same goes for Jamereo, it’s all about attack, however the use of Jazz pick ups, and possibly a preamp for tweaking the Eq will help. For further listening check out Treasure off Unorthodox Jukebox (2012) by Bruno Mars.

Backing Track.

This is a bass line that grooves and has the possibilities for many extra fills. The track is made up of drums and guitar and follows the score. This pared down track will allow you to closely monitor your pocket playing, so keep an ear on whether you’re on, in front, or behind the beat. In the original Jamareo opts for on the beat during the groove and fills.

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The transcription does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use).

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I am sure many of you saw my review of the Snobby Steampunk Bass from BITE Guitars back in February of 2021 and will remember what a remarkable bass it was. BITE has been building custom basses since 2019 and has a unique custom approach where you can configure your bass to your specs.

I am very excited to have another Bass From BITE Guitars in my hands, The Black Knight PP Bass! 

The need for a P-Bass in one’s armamentarium is pretty standard for bass players and I recall chatting about this with Marty O’Brien about a year ago. It turns out that Marty and BITE Guitars got together and came up with this excellent configuration that gives you a P-Bass with a whole lot more.  Marty even played his own Black Knight PP bass at the 2024 NAMM show. You can see his review here.

Join me as I take an in-depth look at this very cool instrument and share all the details.

Here is The Black Knight Bass from BITE Guitars!

For more information, visit online at bite.guitars/product/black-knight-pp

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Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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