Posts Tagged ‘ transcription

Bass transcription from Meshell Ndegeocello’s new record, “Weather”

Meshell Ndegeocello has a new record coming tomorrow, and we get a tantalizing preview with a free track she’s leaked on her website, “Dirty World”. I couldn’t help but transcribe the hairy broken drum and bass groove played by her and Deantoni Parks. Check out the track and sheet music below, and for good measure, I cleaned up and threw in her excellent bass grooves from Comfort Woman and The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams that I posted here some time ago.

Note the broken drum feel, and which notes Meshell plays short versus which she slides into. The two make a monster rhythm section and give a simple two-bar loop an instantly recognizable flavor.

Bass transcription of Meshell Ndegeocello's "Dirty World"

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We get a preview of the entire record on NPR’s review of Weather. You can grab the CD tomorrow, and she’s also soon to be on tour.

Arrangement: The Beatles’ “Because”

Thanks to Pierre from Canada, who requested my arrangement of The Beatles’ classic “Because” after seeing this video:

You can now view (and download) the arrangement here:

If you’d like to see more, subscribe here at! (Upper-right corner, near my pic.) I’ll be adding more and more sheet music in the coming days and months. Transcribing and arranging tunes has been an exercise that for years has helped me develop my ear and better comprehend the inner-workings of an ensemble. In the meantime, you can check out the transcriptions I already posted of Meshell Ndegeocello’s bass lines from songs off of Comfort Woman and The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams.