Level 42/Mark King :: Seven Years :: First 8 Bars

One of my students mentioned that he was working on the Level 42 tune Seven Years so I listened to the tune and transcribed the bass line.  Mark King was one of my bass heroes after my early Paul Simonon/The Clash period had passed, although I still love The Clash.  Mark was doing things on a bass I had never heard before like really funky finger style bass lines and busy slapping and popping.  Later on I would learn that he was inspired by bass players like Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.  Not only does he play syncopated bass lines but he sings over them as well!   Continue reading