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Some Charts/Transcriptions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Monday, 04 June 2012

One of the best ways I've discovered to teach myself the bass is to transcribe the great work of other bass players or to write charts from original chord changes.  What follows are pdfs of some of my attempts.

PLEASE NOTE:  these arrangements/transcriptions were undertaken as a learning exercise and are FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY.  All rights remain with the original composer(s), and any transcription will be removed immediately if any composer contacts me with a concern. 

 Comments/suggestions/corrections also welcomed. Smile


  Joy Spring - walking bass chart for the Clifford Brown jazz vocal classic, as sung by Manhattan Transfer

 Embraceable You -  bass chart for the Jay Althouse arrangement of a George and Ira Gershwin favorite

I'll See It Through-  classic 12 bar swing blues by Colin James , with Norm Fisher on bass.  1999

Jazz Exsultate - simple bass chart for a John Purifoy tune

 Shed A Little Light -  simple bass chart for a James Taylor classic

Snowfall -- easy bass chart for Claude Thornhill's swing ballad, as arranged by Roger Emerson and performed by Manhatten Transfer








Last Updated ( Friday, 08 June 2012 )
Bass Players I Listen To, in awe ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Saturday, 14 February 2009

It all started with Stanley Clark... 

  • Jaco Pastorus (Weather Report)
  • Ralphe Armstrong (Jean-Luc Ponty)
  • Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan)
  • Marcus Miller (Miles Davis)
  • Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones)
  • Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson)
  • Les Claypool(Oysterhead)
  • Sting (The Police)
  • Robert Duck Dunn (Blues Brothers)
  • Anthony Jackson (Weather Report)
  • Paul Jackson (Herbie Hancock)
  • Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell)
  • John Patitucci (Chick Corea's Elektric Band)
  • Carol Kaye


  • Ray Brown
  • Paul Chambers
  • Scotty LaFaro
  • Charlie Haden
  • Miroslav Vitous
  • Charles Mingus


I've been very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these great bass players:

  • Rene Worst
  • Kurt Ciesla
  • Thom Golub




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 )
My Bass Guitar Gear PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Saturday, 14 February 2009

Unlike other areas of my life I'm not much of a gadget freak when it comes to my rig:

  • 1976 Fender Jazz Bass
  • Seymour Duncan 3 way active preamp with funk button
  • DL "Fat Beams" 45 series strings .045/.065/.085/.105



  • 1995 Fender Jazz 5 string
  • DL Fat Beams
  • basstones pickups

  • Yamaha RX265 converted to fretless
  • La Bella flatwound strings
  • Seymor Duncan 2-way active preamp 



  • 2005 Christopher upright
  • Evah Pirazzi solo strings
  • homemade "FDeck" preamp 


  • Beaver Creek acoustic travel bass


Misc stuff:

  • Ibanez compression pedal
  • Zoom 502 effects pedal
  • Digiteck JLM2 looper
  • Baby Wah volume/wah
  • many Eno digital tuners
  • Fender Bassman 150 amp for gigging
  • Fender Rumble 60 practice amp
  • Mackie 402 mixer,  for play-alongs
  • AudioTron MP3 streamer,  to play the tunes
  • Alesis SR-16 drum machine, to practice playing in the pocket
  • Sennheiser HD-440 II headphones for practice... most of which I do late at night ;-)
  • Guitar Pro 6 for grabbing charts off UG
  • Finale Allegretto for scoring, practice scales, etc
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 )
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