Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 27

PHOTO: DAVE PELESCHAK BASS Jason Raso is a professional bassist from Guelph, ON. His latest album, Man of 40 Faces, is available at “Yesterday” is available on Jason’s EP Standing Solo: The Beatles for Electric Bass. Proceeds from the EP will help fund the ultimate goal of recording a full-length album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Jason proudly endorses Fodera basses, Gallien-Krueger amplifiers, and D’Addario strings. By Jason Raso Arranging for Solo Bass M y introduction to the world of solo bass came early on in my development. Many of the bassists I was listening to performed unaccompanied pieces and I loved hearing players like Mi- chael Manring, Stuart Hamm, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clarke in a solo setting. Listening to them in such an intimate way opened my ears to just how beautiful the electric bass could be. I began writing my own solo pieces and exploring some of my favourite songs. Arranging a composition for solo bass is a fun challenge. Let’s take a look at my arrangement of “Yester- day” by The Beatles. The first thing I did was to learn the melody by ear in the original key of F. I then transposed the melody to the key of C. My goal was to keep the arrangement comfortably in the range of any four-string electric bass. Next, I added chords and incor- porated some of the string quartet lines from the original recording. I felt it was important to keep this ar- rangement simple and focus on the beauty of the melody. Once the arrangement was com- pleted and transcribed, I rehearsed it until it felt natural under my fingers. The rehearsal process also allowed me to develop my articulation for the piece. Adding some slides, ham- mers, ghost notes, and vibrato really brought the arrangement to life. At that point, it was ready to perform. Give “Yesterday” a try today, and try arranging one of your favourite songs tomorrow! W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 27