Originally Posted by Clef_de_fa
instead of having the strong beat on 1 and 3 you
have the strong beat on 2 and 4
I think we need some explanation about your statement "the strong beat on 2 and 4" in 2 feel basslines.
Also "playing in two." A form of rhythm organization in which the first and third beats of the bar are emphasized (particularly by the bass), often leaving the second and fourth beats silent, with a resulting "boom-chick" feel. Two-beat was especially common in early jazz, but can be found in all eras."
Two-step Feel on the Head http://walkingjazzbass.wordpress.com...two-step-feel/
"two-feel, two-beat, broken two-feel, skip two-fell, or two-step.
Rhythimically, it places an implied emphasis on 2 and 4 by NOT playing those notes
Instead, the drums or other instruments would emphasize those beats. The result is a heavy alternating feeling between the bass and drums (in particular).
Overall, a two-beat feel provides a soft swing feel with a somewhat nostalgic effect."
Two-Beat Bass Lines http://www.netplaces.com/bass-guitar...bass-lines.htm
"n the first four measures you will play the two-beat line straight without skip-note ornamentation. For the last four measures you'll play the same bass line but with skip notes added. This type of two-beat groove is often used to give a restrained feel to a jazzy song. It may also be used to give the song a bouncy, carefree feel."
Jazz Bass Lines
By Cliff Engel
The Two Feel http://www.wenatcheemusic.com/index....s-the-two-feel
WALKING BASSLINE CLINIC http://www.davefrankjazz.com/ustream...dave_frank.pdf
"A halftime bassline (on beats1 and 3 or 2 and 4) can be used before the regular 4/4 walking line,
or as a break during the middle of the performance. With half time basslines, the notes generally consist of the chord root and a chromatic approach to the next root".
BASS LINES http://www.scoredchanges.com/how-to/bass%20lines.pdf
"Apart from playing 4's ("walking"), the bass can also play a more broken-up line.
This approach has been around for some time. When a 2-feel occurs, the bass can
play the root on the the first beat and then fill in for the rest of the bar but still
maintaining the 2-feel. A more open broken-up feel, pioneered by such people as
Scott LaFaro with the Bill Evans Trio, is characterised by its strong counterpuntal lines".
"The bass has to provide the root-notes of the chords.
Omit the root-notes and the whole edifice can collapse
Bass Line Construction: Target Approach http://wiki.talkbass.com/index.php?t...arget_Approach
"in a typical jazz "2 feel" bass line for any song in 4/4 meter, the bass will play a half note on beats 1 and 3 of each measure. When there is only one chord per measure, the note on beat 1 will be a target note (the root of the chord for the measure), which leaves beat 3 open for an Approach note (abbreviated "A"), as follows:"