free bass transcriptions

This page features over 130 free bass transcriptions in standard notation.

These free bass transcriptions are provided for educational use only (click on the transcription title to view and download the pdf).

These have all been done for gigs/personal research or requests from private students. Most are note-for-note transcriptions of bass parts, some are chord charts and others are a combination of the two.

Transcriptions are filed alphabetically by first name.

ABBA – Chiquitita
ABBA – Dancing Queen
ABBA – Does Your Mother Know
ABBA – Fernando
ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme
ABBA – Honey Honey
ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You
ABBA – Lay All Your Love On Me
ABBA – Mamma Mia
ABBA – Money Money Money
ABBA – Thank You For The Music
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
ABBA – Voulez Vous
ABBA – Waterloo
Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer

The Beatles – Help
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Beyoncé – Deja Vu
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Blink 182 – First Date
Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven

Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Chaka Khan – Our Love’s In Danger
Chaka Khan – So Naughty
The Clash – I Fought The Law
Clean Bandit – Rather Be Youtube Playalong
Coldplay – In My Place
Coldplay – Yellow
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On

D’Angelo – Send It On (live)
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Donny Hathaway – Love Love Love
Donny Hathaway – What’s Going On
Duffy – Warwick Avenue

Erykah Badu – Rimshot (Intro)
Everything Everything – Cough Cough

Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Goin Down
Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race
The Feeling – Never be Lonely
Fleetwood Mac – Don t Stop
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
Foo Fighters – Best Of You
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters – No Way Back
Foo Fighters – Times Like These
Frankie Valli – December 1963 (Oh What A Night!)
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
The Fray – How to Save a Life

Gary Numan – Music for Chameleons
Green Day – 21 Guns
Green Day – Basket Case
Green Day – Longview
Green Day – Minority
Green Day – Warning

Huey Lewis and The News – The Power of Love

Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
The Jam – Start!
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jamiroquai – Runaway
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Killers – All These Things That I Have Done
Killers – Mr Brightside
Killers – Somebody Told Me
Kings Of Leon – Manhattan
Kings Of Leon – Revelry
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
The Kooks – Naive
Kool & The Gang – Celebration

LaBelle – Lady Marmalade
Lenny Kravitz – Stop Draggin’ Around
Limp Bizkit – My Way
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Luther Vandross – She’s A Super Lady
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

Madness – Baggy Trousers
Madness – My Girl
Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe
Maroon 5 – This Love
Martha Reeves – Dancing In The Street
Me’shell Ndegeocello – I’m Diggin’ You (Like An Old Soul Record)
Me’shell Ndegeocello – Shoot n Up And Gett n High
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Michael Jackson – Burn This Disco Out
Michael Jackson – Get On The Floor
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)Youtube Playalong
Monkees – Daydream Believer
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Muse – Muscle Museum
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Muse – Time Is Running Out
Mystery Jets – Hideaway
Mystery Jets – Young Love

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

The O’Jays – Back Stabbers
Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay

Paramore – Fences
Paramore – That’s What You Get
Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life
Paul Simon – Graceland
Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
Police – Message In a Bottle
Police – Roxanne

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now Youtube Playalong
Queen – I Want to Break Free
Queen – We Are The Champions

The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
Rage Against The Machine – Calm Like A Bomb
Rage Against The Machine – People Of The Sun
Razorlight – America
Razorlight – Golden Touch
Razorlight – In The Morning
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Around the World
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)
Rihanna – Umbrella
Robbie Williams – Angels

Shawn Mendes – Stitches
Stereophonics – Dakota
The Strokes – Juicebox
The Strokes – Reptilia

The Temptations – My Girl

Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Holiday Specials
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody


  1. need more red hot chili peppers 😉 hump de bump would be a good one 😀

  2. can you post “never too much”by luther vandross?
    i want to show it to one of my students here in boston..thanks

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your transcriptions. I stumbled upon you at basschat, liked what I read, saw “Forget You” which I like as a song and wondered about the bass. Came here and found “Dock of the Bay” too, which though simple I wanted to learn note for note. Made my day – thanks again.

    Incidentally what software do you use to write them?

    1. Thanks Kiat, glad you’re enjoying the transcriptions! I use Sibelius for writing things out.

  4. So many thanks for sharing such a great work, wonderful transcriptions, a model of precision and clarity.

  5. Great transcriptions. Many thanks for sharing them. I have been looking for ages for a notation transcription of hit me with your rhythm stick. Any chance?? Chris

  6. Hi Tom,
    Is it possible to get transcription of “Don’t sit down cause …” by Arctic monkeys, espacially the chorus, please ?

  7. Great transcriptions. Do you happen to have the Rock With You (Michael Jackson) scan from Bass Player mag. I’m searching for it and saw on a message board that you might have it. It would be greatly appreciated. Got to play it Sat. Thanks

  8. Thanks Tom, great work! Love your page. Just noticed one mistake, though… Take a loot at the 1st chorus in Fluorescent Adolescent… the first 6 bars should be condensed into 4.

  9. This is great stuff – many thanks! Really helping my reading

  10. Awesome site Tom. As a fellow bassist, you have motivated me to post my transcriptions. I assume since you (and I) are/would be giving them away that you are not worried about the copyright people. My charts are all for contemporary praise music. Ron Wright

    1. Thanks Ron, glad you’re enjoying the site. Since everything here is free and designed to be used in an educational capacity I haven’t had any problems with copyright issues.

  11. Hey Tom,
    great, great transcriptions, thanks a lot!
    Any chance to get something from ‘the subways’?
    Regards Xiron

  12. Thank you, beautifully presented, the people that utilise this site should be grateful to have such quality…love it

  13. Thanks for to share your work my friend, i wish you success, god luck!

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