Help would be appreciated

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassThumper23, Nov 24, 2012.


  1. BassThumper23

    BassThumper23

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    Hello fellow bassist,

    I am new to talk bass and I came looking for help,I have become increasingly interested in Jazz Bass and I would like to ask you fellow members to share some helpful links exercises or anything really,Specific Shapes to use,I'd Really like to learn more about this.

    -BassThumper.
     
  2. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    Learning jazz bass requires a significant level of dedication. My approach was to abandon everything else in music except for my newly-acquired double bass, a couple of large books of standards and a bunch of CDs by Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Mingus, Monk, Coltrane, Duke, ad nauseum.

    The key is to learn to read changes and compose lines from them. Jazz has a great deal of b5ths, diminished chords, altered chord extensions and other sorts of chords you don't typically see in rock and roll or ordinary popular music.

    I was lucky - I had 15 years of musical background when I dug into jazz. If you can afford it, get a teacher who knows the genre and buy some CDs that you like in the genre. Jazz is a big field, so post some thoughts about just what type of jazz you mean:

    Be-bop (Charlie Parker; Dizzy Gillespie)
    Big Band (Count Basie; Duke Ellington)
    Hard Bop (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; Mingus)
    Cool Jazz (Miles Davis; west coast groups like Shelley Manne and his Men)
    Fusion (Again, Miles Davis; Frank Zappa (!))
    Modern Jazz (the Marsalis brothers; Christian McBride)
    Dixieland (early Louis Armstrong; Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
    Free Jazz (Ornette Coleman, Art Ensemble of Chicago)
    Out there jazz (my term) (Sun Ra and his Arkestra)
    Smooth Jazz (ask someone else) :spit:
    etc.

    Go to youtube and search on some of these names to get an idea of each genre.
     
  3. 1SHOT1HIT

    1SHOT1HIT

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    You Tube is loaded to the gills with instructional videos.

    There are also sections here on the forum that offer lots of information.
     

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