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Learning jazz

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Kügel, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Kügel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Hey everyone,

    Just got a small question in regards to playing jazz on bass. I'm not used to playing jazz and I've got a song to learn by next sunday (Bluesette by Toots Thielemans). I've got the chord chart but I was just wondering how I play it best.

    Do I begin with playing the root notes and later try adding other notes of scales which might fit?
  2. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    depending on the speed of the tune perhaps
    if fast a 1 feel of roots
    if slow a 2 feel of roots and fifths
    or walking root fifth/third and approach notes/fifth or third
  3. thudfromafar


    Dec 12, 2007
    I think I'm remembering correctly but that tune is kinda waltz feel in 3/4. Try roots on the 1, then sometimes on 3 an "approach" note. And keep in mind the melody. For example:


    Then experiment with different chord tones on the 1 or 3, or occasionally in-between, varying the rhythms.
  4. Kügel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Alright thanks,

    Been practicing it like that now and I'm sure I'll be able to get something good going by next week :)

  5. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Its a great tune.....here is a moderate tempo with a jazz trio....have fun

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