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Examples of good phrasing?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tupac, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Title says all.
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Bass, vocals or guitar?
  3. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Bass, silly.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    No. Phrasing is about MUSIC, not about INSTRUMENT.

    And the answer to your question is Lester Young.
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  5. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    You could turn that into a Haiku:

    Phrasing Examples
    Describing is not easy
    Title says it all.
  6. Bainbridge


    Oct 28, 2012
    Phrasing is about the musical idea, outside of notes and rhythms. Articulation and dynamics play a huge part in phrasing, and it is always necessary that we be aware of the direction and shape of the line. These are the continua that we should be aware of when asking questions regarding phrasing:

    Staccato <---> Legato
    Soft <---> Loud

    Imagine you have an ascending line of eighth notes. How do you play them? Are they all played staccato (disconnected), legato (connected), or is there a different scheme going on (such as two notes legato, two notes staccato, rinse and repeat). Does the dynamic level increase as the line ascends, decrease, or stay the same throughout? If you have a bunch of repeated notes, are they all exactly the same or do they have some differences of phrasing? I think that it helps to see the goal of a line so you know where you are trying to end up and how to build up to that.
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I really like john scofield's phrasing and keith jarett's and dave holland's and steve swallows and greg osby's and gary thomas's and frank sinatra's and steve gadd's, and jim black's and so on.
  8. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Duane Allman
    Frank Sinatra
    Abe Laboriel

  9. Groove Master

    Groove Master

    Apr 22, 2011
    Author of Groove 101, Slap 101 and Technique 101
    Jaco's grooves are also a great ressource for that; full of ghost notes , hammer-ons,slides, etc. Something like Come on, Come over or Barbary coast.

    Also check out Marcus Miller on the fretless. His version of Mingus's tune Good bye pork pie hat is awesome.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2014
  10. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Wind instruments are a good source of inspiration (pardon the pun) for phrasing because with few exceptions, they have to breathe. The breathing cycle sounds and feels natural. Playing with that cycle allows you to create and release tension.
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  11. Stan Getz. Ahhhhhh!
  12. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    JPJ had some nice lines with zeppelin that are good examples. Aston "Family Man" Barrett is a master of using note length & articulation more so than note selection to build a part.

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