I found this video of Cory Henry and Michael League playing Quarter Master a while back (as well as a few others of them playing together at the same workshop – search Cory Henry and Michael League workshop in Rio on YouTube) and was utterly transfixed! It’s a wonderful example of the joy of two outstanding musicians simply making music. It has passion, groove, heart, soul, invention, spontaneity, interaction, energy, enthusiasm, the odd wobbly moment and plenty of bass face.
There was so much I liked about Michael League’s bass playing on this video I wanted to transcribe it and then try and reproduce it as accurately as possible (except the bass face, which is quite hard to do whilst playing tuba!) You learn so much by getting into the subtleties of the groove and phrasing playing along with someone else. And who better to play along with than Cory and Mike!
I’ve tried something new with this video by putting the sheet music transcription up along side the video so you can see exactly what is going on.
The tuba track is panned hard left and original audio is hard right. As the original audio sounds like a raw live mix straight off the desk, I’ve left my sound as the unaltered signal from my PZM mic with no EQ or effects.
Download a PDF of the bass transcription here.