Originally Posted by Sgroh87
I've been playing bass for around six months now after six months of guitar and a couple years of saxophone. I like to think that my understanding of chord shapes and functions is pretty decent, but I'm having a hard time with walking four to a bar. I've been working on Autumn Leaves and I can do the changes somewhat comfortably with a two feel (with roots, thirds, and chromatic approaches) but when I move to trying to do it in four, my brain and hands seem to forget what they're supposed to be doing.
Should I take the tempo down? Learn to play it perfectly by memory in two and then move on to four?
Sound like you are creating an issue that is about how you think, rather than what you play.
If you cut the tempo in half and play with a four feel you are, if you think about it this way, you are playing a two feel as such as it will feel the same as it does playing a two feel at twice tempo.
You need to understand that tempo is consistent so the sub-divisions are making you feel rushed, it should not be seen as getting faster, just more sub divisions that come round more often.
Playing at 100BPM is faster than 80BPM, but if you have to play eighth notes at 80BPM it will sound faster than playing half notes at 100BPM.....but not feel faster of you sub -divide down you counting to been more feel.
check out the link, try the exercises, with the counting, and feel what it is like to add more notes to a consistent tempo and learn to feel more and learn to count less.