Originally Posted by qcbassman
I am listening to and playing a lot of praise and worship music and some of the bassists who play more than just four on the floor root notes put what sounds to me like a drum fill at the ends of phrases - only on bass, not on drums. Syncopated, pentatonic or triads are what I gear mostly. So, I have searched high and low on the web for secrets to cracking this elusive ornamentation to no avail. Does anyone have any good resource for developing this technique?
Finding anything on "how to play" Praise music on the Internet - beyond the few TB players here is next to impossible. I've experimented with chromatic and diatonic runs as fills, but, still fall into the four on the floor group. Eight to the bar does slip into some of our songs.
If it helps answer my question, I am pretty new to the bass, but have a music degree (saxophone). I appreciate Victor Wooten and the like, but my personal goals as a bassist are to be a solid sideman who can get around the instrument. Any direction, suggestions for material and players to listen to are so much appreciated! |
Thanks so much!
I've been able to ask Google for videos on the songs we play and have had good luck finding fake chord and videos, but, very few suggestions on how to play Praise. Roots and a few
runs like I mentioned above seem to be the accepted format. Heavy on roots, light on the runs.
Because Praise can and will use all seven of the chords in a key I transcribe all my fake chord over to Nashville numbers, I still keep the lyrics - it's fake chord with Nashville numbers. This does make it easier to feel the need for a fill. Problem then is not stepping on the drummer or lead electric's toes, i.e. two instruments taking off on a run and not be in sync with their runs. With Country everyone expects the bass to run to the next chord so bass runs fit in Country, I'm not finding that to be the case with Praise. It's almost like less is more.
Speaking of less is more. Some songs lend themselves to root on one and nothing more, "Breathe" for instance. I think it's whatever fits with the band, and the song, you find yourself playing.
Perhaps others will add more.