Originally Posted by MalcolmAmos
Lot depends on how the band plays Praise music, i.e. what is your role in all this. If you go outside the box you may start stepping on toes.
Intro is normally the chord progression for the first two lines of the verse.
Bass line in Praise is root on one. What you do after that is normally a lot of roots.
OK back....... Roots with some runs if they fit in. For example:
In "Holy Spirit Rain Down" there are a couple of places where a diatonic run will fit in. For example:
As we Stand on your word.
.........5....(wait on it).4..........3..2..1
Holy Spirit, .............. rain down.
We play it in F thus the 6 and 3 are open strings, and make a 6-3-2-1, or a 4-3-2-1 run easy to do.
Root's with a FEW runs at specific points fits with the Praise music we play. Nothing wrong with roots in Praise. Chord changes will use all 7 chords and they come quickly...... There is not a lot of room for elaborate bass lines. A heavy root on one with softer root beats work in most cases. Augment do not compete with the other members of the band.
Little more on the intro. The intro will normally be done by the keys or the lead electric. IMO to augment a solo or lead break, which that intro would be, the bass should pedal a tonic root or a 5 and stay out of the way. That lead break belongs to the other guy, not to you, so augment, by keeping the beat, but, other than that stay out of the way.
As mentioned chord tones make good bass lines, thus the root, correct 3, five, correct 7 make good notes for a bass line, however, in Praise the old saying; "less is more" is a good thing to follow.
Understand I'm speaking of Praise music, not Black Gospel.
Of course, IMO.
Speaking of Black Gospel. Our Praise band was the guest band for tonight's Wednesday night services at the local black church. After we opened the service with three Praise selections, the church's keyboard played several Gospel hymns - the members sang and the sermon began. Then near the end of the sermon other musicians moved into place. What they played was more jazz than Black Gospel. I was not expecting that - drums, keyboard, electric lead guitar and a male vocalist playing softly in the background while the pastor ended his message. They continued playing during the time the members were moving to the refreshment area. I had not witnessed this in a gospel service before. I was impressed.
For what it's worth......