Sting's Bass line on Roxanne

I was stunned recently by the rhythmic interplay between Sting’s bass line and sung line on the song Roxanne. I literally had to stop walking, close my eyes, and concentrate to really grasp it all. This song is a master class on how to coordinate a few musical elements and yet never become boring. See also Stewart Copeland’s shifting the snare from beats 2 & 4 to 1-2-3-4 at around 2:50. Pure Genius

Anyway,┬áIf you’re like me you have to see it to believe it, so I set about to score them out. Here’s a few measures with the guitar part thrown in.





Unfortunately playing bass and singing like Sting is much harder than it looks.