Giants of Bass – Jaco Pastorius

'A Portrait of Jaco' was written to reflect the work of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, both as a solo artist, and with pioneering fusion outfit Weather Report. The bassline for this piece is a busy, syncopated part that is very challenging to play up to tempo. As well as the groove elements, it also features harmonics, chordal parts, and a complex solo. The entire line also has an improvised feel to it, and therefore includes very little repetition.

For bassists who wish to learn the piece but require additional assistance with some of the techniques required, the following courses (all included in the monthly subscription cost) should prove useful:

Don’t forget to hit the Download Resources button above to get the PDF transcription and the audio files for this piece (available to subscribers only).

This course is 1 HOUR & 5 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: