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Then – bass transcription by Simon Gilman

Simon Gilman made yet another brilliant transcription, this time using my bass cover video of Then.

Here can download the pdf file Then_Bass score by Simon Gilman



Celebrating Chris Squire’s 71st birthday.

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Amp: Ampeg PF-350

Signal path: Bass→Ampeg PF-350→PC


Astral Traveller (HD remaster)

Here is a remastered version of my early cover of Astral Traveller. The previous version had some very primitive video effects with the story of the Portuguese Flag, which I just removed this time. The bass was significantly boosted and a bit processed with some compression. I hope it’s more audible now, considering  YouTube’s more recent HD encoding should also help to make a better sounding video.

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: Amplitube 3 – Ampeg B-15R, T-RackS CS Vintage Compressor 670

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→Amplitube→T-RackS


Astral Traveller – BASS AUDIO with TRANSCRIPTION

This is the first contribution from Simon Gilman, who made his bass transcription of Astral Traveller.

I added the same audio of my original audio bassline from 2008, with a slightly louder bass in the mix.
Hopefully it will sound a bit better (along with the apparently better audio encoding of YouTube) .

Download the transcription here!

Thank you, Simon, for your excellent work, and hope this will be the first of many!


Miguel’s Bass Bloopers 2008


Astral Traveller

Bassline for Time and a Word’s “Astral Traveller”. This one totally drives the whole song. Actually the whole album is very “bassy” thanks to a very generous mix (if all Yes albums were like that…!:) This song turned out to be more exhausting to play than I expected. After a good deal of takes, both hands started to give up, especially on those high-register 16ths!

Oh btw, in case you haven’t noticed, I couldn’t really play those high ‘E’s at 2:36 and 2:42. Chris played a 21-fretter back then. The 4001CS is a regular 20-fret… I pressed the neck after the 20th fret anyway and it sounded something like an E… although without any sustain. What you hear there is mostly the original bass. Hopefully I will try to do it one time on a 21-fretter!

This time I brought a little patriotic element making this one and associated the concept “Astral Traveller” to a travel back in time, to the late XI centrury, illustrating the history of my Nation through the evolution of our Flag. Funilly enough, today is June 10th, our National Holiday so I guess it all comes together pretty well:) Hope this does not become too distractive. Thanks for watching!