Meditations on Bach

The Cello Suites Transcribed for Electric Bass

Bach's Cello Suites are amongst the most sublime music ever written.

Some years ago I formed the aspiration of playing them on electric bass. Because Bach was notorious for a certain kind of instrumental agnosticism, there's nothing necessarily irreverent about an electric bass arrangement — although it would be unorthodox. Yet I am interested in this project not for its shock value but for its musical value, since it would be a wonderful way to showcase the capabilities of the electric bass, and for me to understand from the inside the musical thinking of the greatest of all composers.

Although success is far from assured, I've started to slowly climb this mountain, with the help of various books and websites. Check out my Meditations on Bach journal for progress reports.

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