Conversations Music Scores
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Conversations Music Scores contains the music parts of Bass, Vibes and Piano of Alain Caron’s 2007 album.

  • PDF Ebook
  • Bass, Vibes and Piano Parts
  • Great for players of all levels
  • • Educational and informative
  • Lifetime access




Alain Caron, recognized as one of the best bassists in the world, owns this book. His book is an insider’s guide directory for bass participants. This book uses popular music scores to teach melody, music, and harmony-style rhythms and lead performances. The intimacy and conversational nature of the acoustic duet is the foundation for Caron’s disc, which teams him with other Canadian artists with whom he’s intersected over the years including pianists Lorraine Desmarais, François Bourassa and Oliver Jones, as well as a vibraphonist and one-time UZEB member Jean St-Jacques. Caron also welcomes Venezuelan-born pianist Otmaro Ruiz.

A dozen tracks—all but two composed by Caron—range from the elegant swing of Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation,” to “Scrapper, a more fiery original from Caron that, paired with Canadian icon Oliver Jones, is the perfect follow-up to Parker’s often-covered classic.

Conversations is a consistently captivating listen from start to finish, and an album that deserves to place all the artists involved on the radar of listeners outside of Canada, but especially Caron who, while enjoying some international acclaim, clearly deserves to be a better-known name south of the border—and not just to fans of high energy fusion.


  • Bass, Piano and Vibraphone parts. The music for each instrument is written above one another on separate staves.
  • Chord Symbols. The defining, characteristic component of sheet music is its chord symbols. A chord symbol defines the current harmonic region, as a key signature, and it stays in effect until the chord changes. Chord symbols are set above the staff, centred over the beat where the new harmonic region begins.
  • Tempo, Styles, Clef, Key and Time SignaturesThese provide a basic orientation for the musician.
  • Roadmaps, Repeats, and Arrangement Directions. To keep the scores concise, multiple passes through a section are indicated with repeat signs, multiple ending systems, codas, segnos, and the like. Rehearsal letters or names for different sections (Intro, Verse, Chorus, etc.), are further clarified with double bar lines. Text indications such as “4X” or “Vamp Out” shed light on the form or arrangement.
  • Slash Notation. Time slashes (////) with chord symbols written above indicate solo sections. Charts exclusively for rhythm section players might feature slash notation throughout with no written melody.
  • Ensemble NotationCritical instrumental hooks, ensemble rhythmic concepts (stop time, or kicks), and repeated licks (often for the bass) might appear in notation in temporary second staff.


  1. No Pick
  2. Ivoire
  3. Questions
  4. Blue Screen
  5. Val C
  6. X Tensions
  7. Solitude
  8. Strings of Spring
  9. Confirmation
  10. Scrapper
  11. Baby Step


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