There is a post going on that asks the question "What is it that makes 'gospel bassists' masters of the groove?" An excellent thread that deals deals with the musician. The purpose of this thread is to deal with the music. What are some experiences you can share with a new Gospel Bassist, as to how the music works. I know Gospel is diverse, but all experiences welcome. (Please don't come with the theme I see so prevelant on this forum, of bashing the newbies.... and the blanket answer find a teacher. If you don't want to share then don't) I am still less than a year into playing the bass, and only a month with my new instrument, which has opened up a lot of possibilities to me... MY 5 String. From what I gathered around the net, a 5 string is a staple in Gospel. We minister songs from Israel, Martha Munizzi, Micheal W. Smith, Shekinah Glory, Fred Hammond, Judy Jacobs, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Clint Brown, Marvin Sapp, to name a few. What I have brought from my short experience, is: Israel loves the Key of E & F Major & Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns are my Friend. Ear Training, is essential (For spontaneous Worship Songs) Don't wanna be left twiddlin' my thumbs. You can get bye with Chromatic Runs, during Shout songs. 1-4-5-1 progressions are my friend That's my limited bit to share with the forum... Someone told me that once I learn to use my modes properly things will open up even more... awaiting that day. Again, any and all experiences welcome.