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A small attempt at jazz...

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Norwegianwood, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. Well, my experience with jazz is very short. But I thought it was pretty cool to jam over this crappy midi file of autumn leaves that I found...Since I've played jazz for such a short time, my vocabularity is very limited, but I still tried not to rely that much on licks. I'll happily accept any feedback on my playing:


    There you are...Don't need any comments on the tone, as it's NOTHING compared to what I get out of my thunderfunk/schroeder. This is just a crappy mic, on my even crappier epiphone amp.
  2. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Nice work, my only real comment is on the solos. You need more dynamic and rhythmic variation. I need not lecture you about these things. Nice work though.
  3. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    great stuff man! some nice sequences in there, and you have a nice touch, like to hear some more stuff! ;)
  4. Thanks for feedback. Good point there, Whafro, and I totally agree with you. I feel that the terrible recording facilities made it hard for me to get full control over the tone and dynamics. But I have no excuse for the lack of rythmic variation.
  5. Ok, I just came home from a practice, and we jammed on the song...So I recorded it with a crappy minidisc-mic. It doesn' do any justice to my rig, but still, what do you think about my sound?? Here it is:

    I know I mess up all the time...improvising a solo like that, alone, is very unusual for me. But I feel I'm improving every time I try.
  6. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    here are man , i wipped up this recording of a standard cold! just picked up the bass and played it! that's the best way to record, if you warm up for 5 hours then you don't have any ideas left!
    check it out man.......
  7. Cool man, you most certainly got the Jaco thing down!
    Nice playing and in tune as well:)
  8. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Dude, that was very cool. I really enjoyed listening to your improv. I'm not a big midi fan either; but it is what it is, and it IS a great tool for improvisation. I dig the mellow tone of your bass. The only advice I would give is to give your phrases a little bit of space. Sometimes it helps when I pretend that I'm singing what I am playing. I say pretend because nobody wants to hear me sing. :)

    I recently did a recording to work on improvisation. It's an all-bass recording of Blue Bossa. I used my upright for the intro/ending and the latin line. I used my Fender P-bass for the chords, melody, and solos. It's the first time I recorded every part of a tune using basses.

    Here is the thread that led up to this recording:

    Here is the link to the file:
    Right click, choose "save target as..." It's around 3.5MB

    Let me know what you think.
  9. I like it....and very interesting thread! The only comment I have on you song,is that I think the third beat of the bars should be "heavier." In bossa, you basicall don't wanna have such a "heavy" 1. beat. (Hope you understand my wicked english:) ) The third beat is very important, even if you play a syncopated rythm like that. Other then that, I like your playing but not your sound:) Hope you have checked out my "live" recording. I mess up alot, but are still happy with the sound:http://home.online.no/~pertlars/autumnleaves-01.mp3
    (And boy am I mad that I messed up that last phrase!)

    THanks for feedback...
  10. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it when someone like you listens carefully enought to make suggestions for improvement rather than just saying, "It's good, I like it." My "bossa" line doesn't really have a "3" in it. For this line, I generally play on beats 1, the "and" of 2, and the "and" of 4. Concerning the sound, there are some issues when multitracking 4 bass parts. Things can get muddy really fast. I picked a tone on the brighter side to avoid this problem. I have 4 tracks:

    Track 1: Shen 3/4 upright w/Fishman full-circle pickup playing funky intro/ending and latin line.

    Track 2: Fender P-Bass playing guide tones only (3rd's and 7th's of each chord). Right hand plays close to the bridge.

    Track 3: Fender P-Bass playing the melody

    Track 4: Fender P-Bass playing the solo in the middle as well as the solo over the repeated melody at the end.

    I listened to your live recording. I think your phrasing is better on this recording. I'm still loving your sound too. I do tend to favor a brighter sound for my own playing though. I'm really into Mike Dimin's chordal technique and if I use a darker sound, it tends to muddy up the chords a bit. Thanks for the feedback on my recording and thanks for sharing your recording with us. Nice job!

  11. Yeah, I know what you say. But I still feel that the 1. beat is a little bit to heavy. I would have emphasized (or hovewer you spell that word!) The syncopated beat more. But that's just me, though!
    But interesting discussion, lets bring on more of them!

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