Complete Transcription: Mike Gordon’s “Connected” from Flying Games

We break down Gordon's bass work on one of the standout tracks from his new album

Complete Transcription: Mike Gordon’s “Connected” from Flying Games

We break down Gordon's bass work on one of the standout tracks from his new album

Mike Gordon’s basses are at the core of Flying Games — locked and steady when his characters are disoriented, melodic and exploratory when the music seeks to break free from convention. Perhaps no track is more bass-minded than “Connected,” Gordon’s ode to the human bond, whose verses feature a vocal and bass dialogue. Mike played his 1999 Gibson Thunderbird IV Reissue with a pick (he used a pick for the entire record), and favored the neck pickup.  The track begins with an eight-bar intro that will return as the chorus bass line. Of note is the way Gordon lays off the downbeat every second measure (bars 2, 4, 6, and 8), and his judicious use of short tones. Letter A is the first verse — actually a double verse at 16 measures — and it begins the vocal and bass conversation. Mike leaves plenty of space for his sung phrases, and he answers with his bass in a funky, flowing way — the most interesting and
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Chris Jisi   By: Chris Jisi

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