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Ostinato's

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by cassanova, Sep 18, 2002.


  1. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    What exactly defines them, Is it the same pattern that just keeps repeating itself? Im a bit unclear.
     
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Isn't that a pattern, Ed?
     
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Yes you do, sonny, yes you do! You'll like it, and you'll teach yourself about it!


    :D
     
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Oxford Dictionary of Music :

    (It.) Obstinate persistent. A persistent musical phrase or rhythm. A basso ostinato is a figure in the bass which is persistently repeated.
     
  5. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    My ol' college prof used Chicago's "25 Or 6 To 4" as an ostinato example-
    l1&2&3___l1&2&3___l1&2&3___l(1&2&3&4&l)

    lAAAAA___lGGGGG___lGbGbGbGbGb___l(FFFFEEEEl)


    I like Ed's "same notes under a changing harmony" thingee, too.
    Play a groove hard & consisent...let the guitarist go off wherever he hears fit(e.g. Check out Steve Khan's Eyewitness band w/ Anthony Jackson).
     
  6. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    thanks guys.

    much appriciated.
     
  7. TJC

    TJC

    Jun 28, 2002
    Los Angeles
    One beautiful example is from Herbie Hancock's 'Mwandishi' album. 'Ostinato: Suite for Angela' has Buster Williams on bass and Benny Maupin on bass clarinet laying out the figure. Thick.