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Concepts

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by maxy, Jun 29, 2004.


  1. maxy

    maxy

    Jun 24, 2004
    I happen to understand some concepts of bass that i didnt know. Can someone add more for betterment of my playing. Not trying to over-conceptualize but...
    IN MOST CASES in lets say easy chord progressions bass lines...

    a) No hitting notes other than root (octaves) on a snare hit.
    b) Good to follow bass drum with the root or fifth.
    c) Follow theory. Breaking it wont matter if it sounds nice.
    d) Play some notes on the scale directly like the arpegio and stuff but in the end make it lead to the next chord note.

    All this can broken for nice mini-solo or fill.

    Question 2 was: Many songs bassists seem to just wildly improvise but yet they dont over-do it. When i do improvise it sounds over-done. Do i improvise over-throwing the basis rhythm too much???
     
  2. Mudfuzz

    Mudfuzz

    Apr 3, 2004
    WA...
    A good way to keep this in check is to hit the root note on the one, play your solo, fill or line and when the one comes around again hit the root note on the one every time it comes around; repeat indeterminately. This allows you to keep the groove/timing going unbroken wile you go off in to flash-noodle-sole-fill land.