Earth Wind & Fire – ‘Shining Star’

This song is one of Earth Wind and Fire’s biggest hits and features a very creative bass part from Verdine White. It was released as a single in January 1975 and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was later included on the band’s sixth album, That’s the Way of the World, which was released in March 1975.

Verdine White’s bass part from this song is notable for his use of ‘shakes’ – trill-like figures played on the top string – and the use of tenths to outline the harmony. Learning this piece will therefore equip you with some valuable tools to use in your own basslines.

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

A transcription (with TAB and without) is available for this course. To download it, please visit the Free Stuff page.

This course is 31 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: