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Looking for bassline to "A night in Tunisia"

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bassman519, Jun 29, 2003.


  1. bassman519

    bassman519

    Jun 22, 2003
    Vermont
    Does anyone know where I can find the bassline to the Jazz standard "A Night In Tunisia" online for free? It can be the tabs or actual notation.

    Also, does anyone know a good place to get the basslines for multiple Jazz tunes?

    Thanks,
    Bassman519:bassist:
     
  2. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    www.electricbass.ch has some jazz stuff, I didn't see a night in tunisia. I think i may have that around here somewhere i will get back with you if i find it.
     
  3. skaboy

    skaboy

    Oct 16, 2001
    NZ
    I've got the sheet music for a night in tunisia.
    Would you like to have the chord progression of the song?
     
  4. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I found an arrangement here by glenn osser. It's in C. Right now i'm havin a bit of trouble with my scanner so I will post it as soon as I can my scanner goin.
     
  5. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    The original is in D Minor, isn't it?
     
  6. kled

    kled

    Jun 3, 2003
  7. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I guess it's D minor, with the first chord being Eb dominant...
     
  8. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yup, that's what I was thinking.
     
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You mean you don't practice it in all keys? :D
     
  10. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    :D

    I mean I haven't played that tune in about three years :D

    And paintandsk8 claimed to have found an arrangement in C, which doesn't really make sense, unless he/she actually meant C Minor.
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    He probably means it doesn't have any sharps or flats at the beginning and has therefore assumed C - whereas the transcriber was just giving no key signature.

    I think that now we have software for score writing, a lot of people don't include a key signature and just put in accidentals for things they have transcribed and/or arranged.

    So - when actually writing things out with a pen - the key signature helps in a lot of ways - with a PC it doesn't matter - or you can leave this till the end?
     
  12. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Hmm, not sure. Either way, I think it's possibly easier to read with a key signature. Accidentals can clutter the place up somewhat.
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I'm not saying it's a good idea - just that it happens a lot! So maybe we just have a lot more bad or lazy arrangers/transcribers now - as in : I've got the software package, how hard can it be?! ;)

    Get it all down somehow and then check with midi!!
     
  14. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and the opening 2-bar vamp sounds nice in 5.
    ;)
     
  15. bassman519

    bassman519

    Jun 22, 2003
    Vermont
    Yo Kled,
    I don't think that that's a link to the bass line, at least it certainly doesn't sound like it, plus it's in treble clef. Does anyone know where I can get the bass line to a Night in Tunisia? Kled, was that the melody you posted? What instrument is it for; Bb trumpet, trombone?


    Thanks,
    Bassman519:bassist:
     
  16. theydolph

    theydolph Guest

    Oct 26, 2002
    I assume you want the music for the repeating bass figure in the beginning, but I don't think it's a standardized thing. I have never heard two bass players play it the same way. My advice would be to find a recording in which you like the bassline and just transcibe it.
     
  17. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Can you clarify what you mean by "bassline"? If you mean the bass figure in the first part of the head of the tune, that's gotta be out there somewhere. But if you mean what to play throughout the whole tune, that's not gonna happen, because it's a jazz tune, which means that except for places where you're specifically directed to play was written, the bass line is improvised. No two bassists would play the tune exactly the same way, and no one bassist would play it exactly the same way twice.
     
  18. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    That is indeed the melody, that Kled posted a link to. It looks to be written at concert pitch, so it's for any non-transposing instrument. And for any transposing instrument, as long as the player can transpose ;)
     
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I tend to agree - I've played this tune in workshops and had never heard it played before - I just made up a sort of repeating line that fitted with the chords and everybody said 'great, off we go!" - it's just really a sort of Latin feel with an improvised bass line going from Latin to swing.

    Caravan is like this as well - starts off with a vamp and it's quite nice for the bass to find a repeating figure to play - but I've never seen one written down?
     
  20. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    It is indeed a standard thing. While you may not have heard two bassists play it the same, there is a traditional way to play it.

    Eb - Bb - Db - Eb - Db
    D - F - A - B - A

    I'll let you figure out the rhythm.