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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tupac, Jun 13, 2014.
Title says all.
Bass, vocals or guitar?
No. Phrasing is about MUSIC, not about INSTRUMENT.
And the answer to your question is Lester Young.
You could turn that into a Haiku:
Describing is not easy
Title says it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stan Getz. Ahhhhhh!
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.