Weekly Basslines #223 - The Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide (The Kings)

"The Kings" are a Canadian rockband formed in 1977. Their best known song "The Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide" was recorded for their debut album "The Kings Are Here" in 1980.
This is another request from Sherry & Matthew from Michigan.


Weekly Basslines #219: Come On Down To My Boat Baby (Every Mother's Son)

It's been over three month since I posted a "Weekly Bassline" and I'm very sorry for that. But I needed a break due to some very serious dorsal pains. Sitting down with my bass to transcribe wasn't really possible. Since 8 weeks I'm now regularly exercising at a fitness center and my back feels much better now, so I can slowly come back to the routine of weekly transcriptions.

This weeks transcription had been requested long before my back problems by Sherry from Michigan and I have to apologize that it took so long. Sorry Sherry, I'm doing my best to transcribe all your requests overdue.


Awesome Grooves #1: Down On The Corner (CCR)

I'm starting a new series on songs with awesome bassgrooves. The idea behind this is to compare different groovy basslines and find similarities and differences. What makes a bassline groovy? Are there same common groove-patterns and how can you use them with your own basslines.
I'm starting off with a cool bass + guitar unisono groove by Creedence Clearwater Revival:

The song "Down On the Corner" features two different groove patterns.

Here's the verse groove:

The beats 2 + 4 are anticipated (played on the last sixteenth note of beat 1 + 3), which results in the feeling of accelaration on this part of the groove. Playing a note earlier than expected is called "Syncopation".

Here's the chorus groove:

We can find anticipation on beat 3.


Lesson To Go - Finger Exercises for Bass Players (Chapter 1)

Learning an instrument requires complex motions your hands weren’t designed for by nature. Muscles must be developed, tendons must be streched, and coordination must be trained. This process is time-consuming and sucessful only if specific exercises are practiced regularly.

Highly developed technical skills are a prerequisite to play with the right feel and groove.
Finger exercises are designed to repeat certain motions until they become second nature and automated. I usually start my daily practice with 15 minutes of finger exercises to warm up and relax my muscles and tendons. A cold start may have nasty consequences such as tendogynovitis. Therefore you should warm up before the actual “training” (think sports here), and if practiced slowly technical exercises are ideal for that.

You can only make music if you don’t have to worry about technical aspects. So play the finger exercises regularly - it’ll  be worth your while!

I split up this workshop in serveral chapters with increasing levels of difficulty. Depending on the amount of time your putting into the exercises you can work on each chapter for a month or six to eight weeks and then progress to the next chapter.

The individual chapters usually contain  exercises for

Alternate Picking
Hand strength
Fretting hand dexterity
Finger  independence

This lesson contains a 20-page pdf-Handout with all the notes/tabs, 8 audiofiles and 12 videos in format mp4. After payment ( $ 12,-) via the Paypal-Button underneath I'll send you the downloadlink for those files within 24 hours.