Runs playing 1-5?
Bass beginner here. Just back from a camp playing a lot of bluegrass/old country, and realized that even when playing a basic 1-5 feel, there's a lot I could do to make the chord changes smoother.
Any suggestions/sources for exercises on simple runs? I've been fooling around with scale stuff(like the intro to "I walk the line"), but more exercises would be helpful.
I think we all make a decision about playing chord tones or scale tones. Right at first all instruments will have you doing your scales so your fingers get to know where the notes are and your ear learns the sounds of the good notes and the sound of the bad notes. That out of the way. Lot of intro stuff can be the chord progression used in the first two lines of the verse. And that intro to "I Walk The Line" is classic and usually made by the bass. So --- both scale tones and chord tones are what we end up using.
My Country is basically root-five chord tones with chromatic walks to the next chord. The Country walk, here in East Texas, is usually; target the next root, miss it by three frets - above, or below the targeted root note then - walk to it one fret per beat and land on the next root for the chord change. Not before and not after. Yes you have to work on when you leave early and start your walk. I think that one thing will make your chord changes smoother.
Point of interest. That walk to the next chord alerts the rest of the band that a chord change is coming. When they hear your walk they know a chord change is coming.
I understand Bluegrass is a little different and leave that to the Bluegrass guys.
|All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:37 PM.|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.