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More transcriptions by Simon Gilman

This week I received news from our friend Simon Gilman, who contributed 9 years ago (tempus fugit!) with his own bass transcriptions of Yes and Chris’ songs, in which I had played the (audio) bassline.

Those were Astral Traveler, Starship Trooper and Hold Out Your Hand.

This time, Simon has written another set of transcriptions using my videos as reference, and was kind enough to share them again with us, this time in pdf format! So, without further ado, here they are!

A Venture_Bass score by Simon Gilman

Awaken_Bass score by Simon Gilman

Does It Really Happen_Bass score by Simon Gilman

Looking Around_Bass score by Simon Gilman

On the Silent Wings of Freedom_Bass score by Simon Gilman

You can also visit Simon’s YouTube channel and watch some more of his work and bass playing!

Thank you very much, Simon!

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A Venture (HD remaster with bonus track)

I recovered one of my first covers from 2008, “A Venture” from “The Yes Album”. Little I knew back then that in fact the bass that Chris Squire used for this song was his white Fender Telecaster and not the usual Rickenbacker!

I did a Yes Album cover “spoof” with me in the empty chair, with a little big help from my friend Milton Trajano.

Then I added a take I had recorded on the previous day, where I missed a few notes in the end.

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Miguel’s Bass Bloopers 2008

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A Venture

Unlikely maybe, but there is something of a “hidden gem” about “A Venture”. It’s a song written by Jon Anderson from The Yes Album that hasn’t been played live like all the other songs on that record. The bassline begins very self-contained on the neck pickup, and then begins to come out of the shell until it bursts on a very cool and distinctive blues/pentatonic solo. For that, I assumed the bridge pick-up was used and also thought maybe Chris played it behind the horseshoe. NOTE – for the time being this may be the last clip I upload until YouTube removes this awful audio compression scheme that many of you may have noticed. I searched around for days trying to fix the problem, but sadly this version was the best I could manage, mixing a sine wave of 10Hz. You still hear some noises on both ends of the video and still some YouTube dumb compression that I am not responsible for, aside deciding to upload the video. My apologies to all and still hoping you will enjoy my work. Thank You.