Giants of Bass – Mark King

'King for a Day' was written to represent Mark King’s bass work with Level 42, with a particular focus on the instrumental jazz-funk that the band played in the early eighties. The bass part features many common elements of his playing style, such as continuous sixteenth note-based slap grooves, fingerstyle funk lines, and the use of tenths to imply harmony. This track also includes a bass solo, which is an excellent demonstration of the way that Mark is able to combine both hands to create rhythmically complex lines.

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:

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This course is 42 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: