Level 42: The Chinese Way – Bass Lesson, Tab and Tutorial

2019-01-14T09:57:49+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Songs & Repertoire|1 Comment

This week we’re looking at the cool fingerstyle funk bass riff from the song The Chinese Way by Level 42. I originally released a video breakdown of this bass riff a few years ago but have recently changed my method of both playing and teaching the line.

After watching a video of 1991 video of Level 42 on the Guaranteed tour playing the song at a crazy fast tempo I found my original way of playing the line just didn’t feel right. So I modified a few of the notes and fingerings and finally found something much closer to what Mark plays.

So in this lesson I’ll work through my new approach to the riff and compare both versions.

Below you can see the complete bass line. You can also download the PDF by CLICKING HERE!

Here are both drum tracks used in the video:

Studio Version (119 bpm):


Live Version (137 bpm):

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One Comment

  1. Jade Small January 9, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Mark, for your invaluable time and experience providing Fantastic lessons! I have recently joined a gigging band (funk, rock, reggae, and pop) and my confidence and playing are increasing exponentially with your assistance!
    There is so much on offer on the site that it is sometimes difficult not to ‘skip’ around because you realise that there is so much to put in place to become a knowledgeable player who is an asset to the group. who has great rhythm and developed their own solid style! Phew, I am having a Brilliant time and I firmly believe that now I have studied some of the harmonics and chord structures along with modes; it has gotten rid of the ‘nerves’ I used to feel before a show and I am thinking more clearly about what I am playing and for me more importantly, what else I can do to vary my riffs. Fantastic easy to understand and follow lessons. Thank yon again!

    Jade Small

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