I've got a couple questions, maybe they've been addressed in other posts, if so, I'd be happy to be directed to them. I'm wanting to learn the bass line, note for note, in Van Morrison's, "Who Drove The Red Sports Car", specifically the "Alternate Take" on Blowin' Your Mind. The bass in it is fantastic and stays interesting even though it's pretty much only G, B and C through the whole song (G and C only during the Chorus). The bass player plays mostly roots, but has some great fills and that's what I want to focus on, the fills. I want improve my lines for simple 2 or 4 chord singer songwriter type of stuff, providing the solid foundation, keeping it simple without being boring or stale. My two questions are: What's the best way to go about transcribing the song? I don't really read or write music, and have a heckuva time counting/figuring out 16th notes. I can listen to it, feel it, and play it, but sitting down analytically is maddening to me (hmmm....maybe that's a good thing for me to practice?) What are your thoughts on how to take this bass line and incorporate the ideas to make them my own? I guess, more specifically, what's my take away? It's not that I've learned the song note for note, but that I've learned what? Some melodic phrasing? Some rhythmic phrasing? Use of ghost notes? Ok, so maybe that's 6 questions... What I've done so far is created a road map with each measure in the verses and choruses and filled them in with the chords. What I need to do is to notate the nuances. The little pick up notes, the slides, the ghost notes, etc.