“Peg” by Steely Dan

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from the song “Peg” by Steely Dan.   Legendary bassist Chuck Rainey puts on a bass clinic with this track.  He works the entire instrument – from high register slides and double-stops, to silky fingerstyle playing and restained slapping technique.  Chuck has played on many great records and has written countless classic bass lines.  Look for a Know Your Player on him in the future.

The Bass Wizard.

The Bass Wizard.

The main song structure of “Peg” is a 12 bar blues form in G major.  I have included the original recording followed by a bass cover to help you learn the line.  The transcription and TABS are here.  Notice that the line moves back and forth from fingerstyle to slapping.

At the bottom there are some videos detailing the song’s origin and evolution, as well as a breakdown of all the parts with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (Steely Dan).

Let’s start by checking out the tune.

“Peg” (original recording)

Click here for the transcription.

Bass Cover by Nori Y.


Origins and chord structure (part 1)

Origins and chord structure (part 2)

Making of “Peg”