Play Bass Booklet
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Play Bass Booklet contains the bass scores of the homonymous album by Alain Caron.

  • PDF Ebook
  • Original Bass Scores with Chords Grid
  • Lifetime access




Alain Caron, undoubtedly Quebec’s most distinguished instrumentalist in the jazz world and a two-time winner of the Oscar Peterson Award, presents Play Bass Booklet, a book of bass scores from the highly acclaimed 1997 album of the same name.

Play Bass Booklet contains many of Caron’s most celebrated pieces and is universally regarded as one of the most influential records of his decade!

All compositions are rich and explosive and captured a Caron at the top of his creativity and technical virtuosity.

All tracks are written in standard notation with a chord grid.

Essential Components of Play Bass Booklet

  • Bass partsThe music for bass is written in standard notation.
  • 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. P.A.C. Man
  2. In & Out
  3. D-Code
  4. Ton Jardin
  5. Pole Position
  6. Grand Café
  7. Impressions
  8. Après La Pluie…
  9. B 12
  10. Trouble

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