50s bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arsonade, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. Arsonade


    Nov 25, 2005
    im new to the site but i love bass, been playing for about 4 years
    my question is on the 50's bass style
    generally the beatnik bass
    my goal is to be able to read poetry and play the type of jazz taht they did at the same time (its for a school project but it would be fun to learn)
    thanks for any help you have, ive been looking all over the internet.

  2. parttimeluthier


    May 7, 2005
    You may want to ask on the Double Bass forurms of TB. I would think that the whole "Beat" scene would have been using upright basses rather than electric bass which at that time was strictly in the area of Country Western and Rock and Roll.
  3. A classic example of what you're looking for would be Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever" which features upright bass and bongos (as well as finger snaps) as the only accompanyment to Peggy Lee's sultry vocal. Elvis Presley also recorded the same arrangement of the tune. The versions by Little Willie John and the McCoys are far different.
  4. Arsonade


    Nov 25, 2005
    ill check it out
    any ideas for learning to play and read at the same time by any chance?