Advanced Level – Fingerstyle Study #3

This piece was originally written to represent Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) in Giants of Bass, a book which celebrated the contributions of 26 of the world’s most influential bass players. This is a very challenging piece to play as it is built around a series of bass grooves that consist of continuous sixteenth notes. These lines also feature a number of elements that are common to funk music (and the music of Tower of Power), such as the use of chord tones, the use of double chromatic approach notes and the use of syncopation. To closely mimic Rocco’s sound, the piece was recorded with a heavily muted bass tone, which was achieved on the recording using a device called the Bass Mute.

When learning this piece, you might find the following courses (all included in the monthly subscription cost) useful:

Don’t forget to hit the Download Resources button above to get the PDF transcription and audio files for this piece (available to subscribers only). The transcription is available with TAB and without, for those who wish to give their reading skills a workout.

This course is 58 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: