Ron Carter Library Chartography
Ron Carter Library Chartography Ron Carter Bass with Miles Davis
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Chartography - Reinvented Transcriptions

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"This book is the first of its kind that actually follows the bass line development of a specific song that shows the  string bass genius of Ron Carter.  Every bass teacher and every bass player must have this magnificent book". -- Wayne Shorter


Ron Carter, the icon of walking jazz bass lines, has now re-invented the way transcriptions are written.  The method is called "Chartography" (often misspelled as Cartography)and musicians will be in awe of how much they can learn when studying this completely new innovation.

This is the first book that explains ALL the factors that go into what has made the greatest bass lines in history so great. And that is CONTEXT.  

This Ron Carter book transcribes 5 performances of Autumn Leaves, as played by Miles Davis' Second Quartet, during 1963-1967.   

It shows you the original changes and then how they evolved over time. 

By looking at how a bass line evolved over multiple choruses and performances, you will understand that a one-chorus transcription cannot help a bass player find out how that bass line was actually built. much less how to write one like it himself.

There are QR codes to recordings of those performances so you can hear how the other musicians reacted to changes in the bass line.

The five performances of Autumn Leaves include:

  • Monterey Jazz Festival 9/20/1963
  • Miles in Berlin 9/25/1964
  • Stadthalle Sindelfingen 10/8/1964
  • Plugged Nickel 12/23/1965
  • Rotterdam 10/30/1967

"A single, one-chorus transcription of a bass line you admire cannot help you learn to do it yourself.  But if you understand all the elements and the context that went into creating it, you can up your game and learn to write bass lines like the ones that inspired you."  --Ron Carter

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