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Black Velvet Bass January 23, 2021

Posted by Retired Geezer in News.

It’s no secret that I wanna be like Dave in Texas. One of the ways I can emulate him is by learning how to play Bass Guitar.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately. It’s Tom Bornemann’s Bass cover of Black Velvet.

Black Velvet was originally recorded in the key of Eb.

The lowest note on a 4-string Bass is E so how the heck can you play in Eb without re-tuning? (it’s hard)

Thankfully Tom changed the key to E instead of the original key of Eb. Bless you, Tom.

Fun Factoid: Here are a few popular songs in the Dreaded Eb key that have absolutely nothing in common but the Key signature, except two of them are by Don Henley.

Brooks & Dunn My Maria

Carrie Underwood Good Girl

Don Henley Boys of Summer

Don Henley End of the Innocence

Eddie Money Take Me Home Tonight

Evanescence Lithium

Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower

Josh Turner Would You Go with Me

Kool & the Gang Celebration

Metallica Turn The Page

Stevie Wonder Superstition

The McCoys Hang On Sloopy

Jason Aldean She’s Country ~ This song is done in Eb drop Db. Why, Jason, WHY?

Well, that’s my story… How are things in Your town?



1. Retired Geezer - January 23, 2021

Many thanks to Tom Bornemann for the lesson and the bass tabs.
Visit his site:

2. Pupster - January 24, 2021

That is very cool.

Things in my town are pretty good, I’ve only had to scrape the car windows one time all winter and the temps are starting to go back up to the occasional light jacket range.

3. Bunk Strutts - February 2, 2021

Got a 1986(?) black and white Ricky in my closet. Started playing but never kept up with it. Looks real cool, though.

Retired Geezer - February 2, 2021

I Think McCartney, Chris Squire and Geddy Lee played Rickenbackers. Who do you fancy? I like McCartney’s Hofner sound a lot.

4. daveintexas - February 4, 2021

Or you could get a five string, which is what I used when I covered this tune if Eb

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