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Circle of Melodies
Meditation in E
Zander Zon - Sonorous Bass Transcriptions is a complete set of transcriptions for upcoming solo bassist Zander Zon's debut album Sonorous. As well as exquisitely detailed transcriptions, the book also contains detailed performance notes, interviews with Zander, and advice on getting started with piccolo bass and altered tunings. 104 pages. Written in Standard Notation and TAB.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE NOTES
Can the songs from Sonorous be played with regular bass strings?
'The answer is yes - most of my compositions on Sonorous can indeed be played with regular bass strings. However, you'd be playing them an octave lower than me (and sometimes in a different key). Still, all you need to do is have the correct INTERVALS between strings, and you can follow the TAB set out in the transcription book! I often tune pieces slightly differently each time I play them - all that really matters is that the intervals between the strings remain the same. Remember that playing my tunes an octave lower will most likely add a darker, more haunting tone. It'll be important to maintain a clear tone, so you might choose to add some treble and mids to your EQ, and drop the bass slightly. As a side note, it is quite common to play pieces an octave lower on standard bass - for example, double bassists will often perform Bach's cello suites an octave lower than written.
Below, I've detailed how to play each composition with regular bass strings.
(Note: tunings are from lowest string to highest string)
Epic Love - I tune my bass C#, G#, B, E, but I recommend that you tune to E, B, D, G. This tuning retains the intervals between the strings that I use, so you'll just be playing the piece in a lower key. To use this tuning, simply tune your A-string up to a B. Then you can simply follow the TAB set out in the book.
Circle of Melodies - I tune my bass D, F#, B, E. The simplest option here is to simply tune your E string to F, and leave all the other strings (so you'll have F, A , D, G). Then you'll have the intervals required to follow the tab.
I, Resolute - I tune my bass C, A, C, G, but the most suitable tuning if you are using standard gauge strings is D, B, D, A. To use this tuning, detune your E-string to D, tune your A-string up a tone to a B, and your G-string up a tone to an A.
Accelerate - This tune is in fourths, so just follow the TAB and you're good to go!
She Danced - I tune my bass to Bb, Eb, C, F. This is a difficult set of intervals to achieve on standard bass strings, but I recommend using a tuning of D, G, E, A. So drop tune your E-string to a D and your A-string to a G and tune your D-string up a tone to an E, and your G-string up to an A.
Tribal Chant - I tune my bass C#, F#, C#, E. The tuning I recommend is E, A, E, G. To achieve these intervals, simply tune your D-string up to an E.
Hope - I tune my bass D, G, A, G for this tune. I recommend you use this same tuning. Drop tune your E-string to a D, your A-string to a G and your D-string to an A.
Looking Glass - My tuning is C, E, B, G but I recommend you try D, F#, C# and A. To do this, drop tune your E-string to D, your A-string to F#, your D-string to C#, and tune your G-string up to an A.
Meditation in E - This is the only tune you won't be able to replicate using standard bass strings. This is due to the wide intervals used in the tuning E, E, A, C#.
Sencilla - This piece is in standard fourths, so just keep your bass E, A, D, G and follow the TAB!