Jim Hall's "Stella By Starlight" Guitar Solo Tab

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Here's a sample of my transcription of Jim Hall's guitar solo in "Stella by Starlight". To order a transcription of a song, solo, or lick, email me at halromusic@gmail.com for a quote and delivery time.


10 Billy Sheehan Basslines (Bass Tab)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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The 10 basslines below cover some of my favourite moments from Billy's work in Mr. Big, his solo career, and the new Niacin album, "Krush", with Dennis Chambers and John Novello, and The Winery Dogs' self titled album with Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy. Hope you enjoy the tab! To order a bass transcription or book a Skype bass lesson, contact me at halromusic@gmail.com!


#1. "Elevate" by The Winery Dogs from The Winery Dogs (2013)

The first single from this highly anticipated supergroup album opens with an energetic riff based around the E minor pentatonic scale and ends with a dizzying tapping sequence played in unison with Kotzen. Although tapping those triplets at 140bpm requires some deft technique, the actual pattern used is simple to remember.


#2. "Krush" by Niacin from Krush (2013)

This instrumental trio offers a refreshing take on fusion with a virtuoso B3 player taking over the usual role of the electric guitarist. The main head of this tune is comprised of a brisk C minor pentatonic riff that's coloured with a 9. Although it seems straightforward, performing a left hand finger roll to cross the strings will prove to be a challenge at this tempo. It's also a good lesson in using well placed rests to create drama.


#3. "Tone Wheels" by Niacin from Krush (2013)

The second track from this record is an example of Billy's fondness for 7/4 time signatures. Rather than playing something overly complicated, Billy keeps the bassline rooted in familiar pentatonic moves but also serves up a curve ball at the end with a bar of 4/4.


#4. "Once Upon A Time" by Mr. Big from What If (2011)

Tuned down to Drop Db, this is a hell of a headbanging riff for a band most people know for their ballads. The 7/4 time signature adds a cool twist to the line and with the band sounding meaner than ever, it's one of the best songs on their reunion album.


#5. "Still Ain't Enough For Me" by Mr. Big from What If (2011)

Somehow, Billy took the toe tapping boogies of ZZ Top and Van Halen and turned them into savage unstoppable grooves in tunes like this one. Credit is also due to the gritty production courtesy of esteemed producer Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley. The swinging feel of this track at 208bpm can be a fun challenge to pull off in a band if you're only used to playing straight eighths, and you'll have to put in the work to execute the triplets at the end to keep up with Paul Gilbert.


#6. "Unforgiven" by Mr. Big from What If (2011)

This bonus Japanese track continues the same heavy vein of the album with Billy playing in Drop Db tuning. Instead of just pounding out a single note riff, Billy adds some double stop stabs and vibrato to give the line some extra juice. Listen closely to how wide Billy's vibrato is on the 2nd string, and you'll realize that you're listening to a man with monstrous hands.


#7. "Theme from an Imaginary Sci-Fi" by Billy Sheehan from Holy Cow (2008)

This song from Billy's last solo album is an example of his tireless sweaty sixteenth note workouts on bass. It's not always about complicated moves with Sheehan, but rather strength and stamina in staying locked in with the drummer, who in this case is Korn's Ray Luzier, to create a powerful rhythm section.


#8. "Don't Look Down" by Billy Sheehan from Cosmic Troubadour (2005)

This is another one of my favourite boogies by Billy. A lot of the mean attitude of the line comes from the Drop D tuning and there's also a cool chromatic double stop passage at the end to keep things interesting. For those that aren't familiar with Billy's solo albums, they are definitely worth checking out as they are more than just bass showcases, but feature songs sung by Sheehan and guest spots from your other favourite virtuosos..


#9. "Suffocation" by Mr. Big from Actual Size (2001)

The Winery Dogs isn't the first time that Billy has been in a band with Richie Kotzen. When Paul Gilbert left Mr. Big in the 90s, they reformed with Kotzen to produce two memorable rock albums. Billy's work with Richie resulted in riffs like the one below with more legato and slides that created a slinkier blues feel.


#10. "Dancing With My Devils" by Mr. Big from Get Over It (2000)

Kotzen's involvement in Mr. Big highlighted the band's influences from 70s groups like Free. This song is a perfect example of Billy using a couple of classic R&B licks: climbing from the 3rd to the 5th of C7 and trilling the major and b3rd to create a catchy bassline and the perfect foil for Eric Martin to channel Otis Redding.