Although I can read music, I learned to play bass in the '60s by listening to records, and still I do for the most part. My user name says I'm a McCartney fan, so I've always been fascinated by his bass work. Within the last two months I've started a '60s band that covers a lot of Beatles tunes. Although I know most of the parts already, I decided to see others' takes on them. I have been surprised to find that so many people hear -- and therefore play -- the bass parts incorrectly, especially when MOGG files and other bass isolation tracks are around on the Internet.
I'm not surprised to see videos on Youtube with incorrect and sloppy playing, nor am I surprised to see tab or even transcriptions that have incorrect notes. I was surprised, however, when I found that most of the "instructional" videos for "Eight Days A Week," all the tab I found online and even the transcription in "The Beatles Complete Scores" have the bass line in the wrong octave.
I thought at first my ears were playing tricks on me, but there are several videos of McCartney's latest tour, during which he has been opening with EDAW, and he's playing the walking line exactly where I originally heard it -- on the A and E strings, not an a octave higher on the G and D strings as o many tabes and videos indicate is correct.
Just an observation, but I would hope that younger players will learn to trust their ears and not take as gospel what they see written on the Internet or elsewhere.
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