Jimmy Haslip's Solo Style

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by cire113, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. cire113

    cire113 Guest

    Apr 25, 2008
    It seems Jimmy relies heavily almost purely on pentatonic for his solos... I find this awesome because lately everyone i talk to bashes how much this scale is overused but i feel like very few musicians can really SAY something special with it like jimmy...

    Thoughts on this?

    It seems for me Emotionally the only thing that really touches me is the pentatonic ... or most diatonic playing... None of that outside stuff a lot of people dude..
  2. DrayMiles


    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I agree, the pentatonic scale got a bad rap for awhile. Jimmy is a great player, and he certainly says a lot in his solos. I used to go through a method book he had out. It was deep. I wish I still had it.

    I think I'll look into that pentatonic thang tonight!
  3. ACalbass


    Dec 16, 2011
    Pentatonic is just another scale,nothing more,nothing less.
    Its good use is directly related to the player.
    But this also applies to all other scales.
    Those that bash it might not really be creative enough to find new ways to use it.
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East Guest

    Aug 22, 2011
    Conversely, I find so many people use the pentatonic scale in a remedial unimaginative fashion, and so it's rare for me to be emotionally engaged by a purely pentatonic passage...the exception being, those musicians who know how to frame it in innovative harmonic ways. Which probably sounds "outside" to a lot of people!
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    And remember, he plays upside down and it may be a bit easier for him to facilitate.
  6. ****** players manage a way to be ****** regardless of what scale theyre using. thankfully the converse is also true!
  7. bottomzone

    bottomzone Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005