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La Chica Red Bull Bass Transcription

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La Chica Red Bull Bass Transcription

La Chica Red Bull Bass Transcription

La Chica Red Bull Bass Transcription: Like “Siempre Latino”, “La Chica Red Bull” is another track from Gerardo Contino’s album Somos Latinos. The track is a state of the art example of timba bass in full flight. This is 3:53 of bass bliss. John Benitez’s fearless; “play at all costs” approach is in full swing on this arrangement and he doesn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops throughout.

Contrary to “Siempre Latino”, in which Benitez takes a more minimalistic approach, “La Chica Red Bull” features playing of a much higher degree of rhythmic density.

He weaves and worms his way through the tune, constantly alternating between fingerstyle and slap and of course never being pattern-oriented or predictable. His playing is often laced with gospel-influenced fills peppered with slippery articulations that provide a perfect match for Axel Laugart’s serendipitously similar keyboard style. All in all, there is little he leaves alone on this song with each note given “just a little extra” to make it special.

Another interesting device used in this example is John’s subtle displacement of phrases that would normally occur on beat one in most timba basslines.

Each is a quarter-note figure on the two side of the clave and consists of the intervals 1-5-8 or 1-5-10. While these figures are very common in timba Benitez displaces them one beat ahead or on beat four of the previous measure instead of on beat one. Once again we have yet another example of John bringing something fresh and unique to an already exciting style of bass playing.

In transcribing Benitez’s bass parts, it is often alarming to see how much he is really doing in the course of one song.

While simply listening to the music, his parts seem to fit seamlessly into the context of which he is playing. However, when looking at his parts in written form you can really get an idea of the almost unlimited vocabulary and creativity that he has.

An entire bass method book could be written based on the content that John injects into this track.

However, what is important to pay attention to in this track as well as “Siempre Latino” is his approach to clave alignment. Cuban Timba has some of the most overt clave aligned bass parts in Afro Latin music and therefore is a great study for any bassist trying to learn more about clave and how it works. These two tracks were chosen for this book partly due to their opposing clave direction in order to demonstrate the subtle differences in playing in 2-3 versus 3-2.

As stated over and over again, there are many lessons to take away from these two songs as well as all the other transcriptions in this book.

While the minute details of what John plays on these recordings are important to pay attention to, it is also crucial to look at the big picture. Although each track is an entity unto itself, none of them were created in a vacuum. Regardless of the style or context, each bassline and solo is an extension of an overall approach. In the case of every master musician, every note they play is forged from a lifetime of influences and life experiences. No matter what, John’s voice shines through in a very complete and personal way.

This La Chica Red Bull bass Transcription and article are an excerpt from the first book John and I collaborated on in 2015 Freedom in the Clave. Stay tuned for many more transcription videos to come!

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Photo, Stephen Bradley

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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Interview With Bassist Graham Stanush

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Interview With Bassist Graham Stanush

Bassist Graham Stanush…

Return to Dust is keeping Grunge alive and well! They have a new self-titled album that went out on May 3rd, 2024 and will be super busy promoting this project in the near future.

Graham Stanush is the bass powerhouse driving their sound and adding vocals to the mix. Join me as we hear all about Graham’s musical journey, details about the new album, how he gets his sound and their plans for the future.

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Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks

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Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks

CrystalBright Rombo Picks

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Playing bass with a pick is still a touchy subject in our community. I believe you should be able to use whatever you need to get your sound. Even though I mostly play with my fingers, I like to check out innovative new picks that might have something new to offer, sonically speaking.

Judith and Carlos from Rombo recently contacted me about a new material called CrystalBright that they have been researching for the last 12 months and offered to send some prototype picks. After trying them out, I put together this video with my findings.

For more info check out @rombopicks

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