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Submission Barbary Coast

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by LeeNunn, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    BP published a transcription in September 2005, but here's my take. This sounds like a Db7b9 chord to me, so I wrote all the b9 notes as Ebb and all the #9 notes as E natural. Writing the E as an Fb suggests a minor third, and I think the intent was #9. I used to wonder why this was in Db, but if you want to make heavy use of an open E as a #9, that's the way to do it. Also those b9 notes are probably played as an open D (Ebb).

    I tried to capture the natural harmonics. I tend to think of all of those natural harmonics as natural or sharp notes, but here the C# is a Db, the F# is a Gb, and so on.

    PM me if you want to the BP transcription.

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  2. ChrisDev

    ChrisDev Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2009
    Ritter Instruments Team & Owner BassLessons.be
    You're absolutely right about the b9 and #9.
    I'm transcribing a Mike Stern composition at the moment. A lot of it is half-whole diminished scale over a dominant chord. Writing #9 often makes a harder to read, though e.g. in F7 -> Bb G# F <= flats and sharps, and a sharp in descending line :vomit:
    I find Bb Ab F easier to read and I've seen many transcriptions (by professionals) written with a b3. But, I'll probably stick with #9 for my transcriptions as well
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
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  3. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I approached this more as an educational exercise in which I was trying to understand the function of the notes. I can't imagine trying to sight read this. Even if I navigated the Ebb notes as an open D string, the harmonic notes would slow me to a crawl. A practical approach might be to just ignore all the harmonics the first time through. At first I thought Jaco was just playing random harmonic notes that were right where (or near) a regular note would be.

    Other than the four measure into (with the E double stops), most of the low Db notes are played at the fourth "fret" on the A string. Then take inventory of all the natural harmonics in that area in the context of a Db7 chord. By the end of the transcription, I believed there was a method to the madness. I'm not suggesting that he would have played this the same way every time he played it. I am saying that Jaco had an unusual command of harmonic notes.
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  4. slagheap


    Dec 23, 2011
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  5. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Thanks, Slagheap. I'd never heard a live version before. It sounds like a medley of Barbary Coast and Come On, Come Over. The two songs share that lick in measure 9 of the transcription of the studio version of Barbary Coast. My favorite lick in the studio version is measure 27. As I listened to the live version, I wondered whether Jaco would play it, and he did. Three times! He doesn't seem to use all the harmonics in the live version. This will be fun to transcribe.
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  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...there's some cross-pollination going on.
    Jaco liked using the Maj 6 in these Funk vamps.
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