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  • Bass Lessons & Tips

    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:40 AM  Number of Views: 293 

    Originally posted by Roy.

    One of the other ways I practice my timing is to set the metronome click on beats 2 and 4 of a 4/4 bar. This is not uncommon in studying Jazz, but I also practice Funk and Rock lines ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:35 AM  Number of Views: 888 

    One of the most fundamental - and the most neglected aspects! - of bass playing is timing and "pocket". It's just not as glamorous as hyper-slapped 16ths, 2-handed tapping or the latest technique of the month. However, ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:30 AM  Number of Views: 385 

    We've come to our final embellishment to the Autumn Leaves bass line. To really get a smooth "jazzy" feel to the bass line, I've added chromatic notes (1/2 steps) that are not in the scale or chord.

    With a little care, ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:25 AM  Number of Views: 228 

    Originally posted by Roy.

    Even with clever rearrangement of the Chord Tones, just playing R-3-5-7 alone can become a little "vanilla" at times. In this study, I've added passing tones out of the scales.

    ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:20 AM  Number of Views: 322 

    Originally posted by Roy.

    In this month's column, we're going to take the R-3-5-7 chord tones and vary them in ways that will allow us to connect the bass lines in a smooth manner. The goal here is to try to have ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:15 AM  Number of Views: 866 

    Originally posted by Roy.

    Now that we've done a very old progression based on the Cycle of 4ths in a Diatonic Progression, let's use the Cycle in a more common format. We're going to use the progression of the Johnny ...
    by Published on 03-01-2010 09:10 AM  Number of Views: 1116 

    For this exploration of diatonic 7th chords, I've gone to a Golden Oldie chord progression here. In fact, it's a REALLY Old Golden Oldie. This progression goes back to the time of J.S. Bach in the Baroque Era.

    Simply put, we're taking the diatonic progression (I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-viim7b5-I) and moving it in a progression ...

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