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question about the blues

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by sgbass321, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. sgbass321


    Feb 5, 2009
    Bristol, VA
    i love the blues but i really dont know that much about the that style of music.

    i mean i know the basics like I-IV-V progression and the blues penitonic...but i wanna get deep into the blues...what should i learn to like become a master blues bassest?
  2. Toronto Bassist

    Toronto Bassist

    Jan 9, 2008
    Transcribe basslines by great blues bassists!
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Not technique related. Moved to General Instruction.
  4. listen to willy dixon,muddy waters,howlin wolf,buddy guy,albert,and albert,little walter,then go south to the delta,texas,,the piedmont,ragtime, roots........there are lots of directions to go,even some white guys like stevie ray,rory gallagher,peter green,.....and a ton of other guys i missed
  5. meta


    Mar 11, 2009
    you gotta feel the blues to play the blues. the best blues bassists seem to get the groove and just play sad. if the bass ain't sad, the guitar sure ain't sad, and the drums can't be sad by themselves. if you can do that then there isn't anything more to it besides technique, and that's kind of secondary depending on which plateau you're on.
  6. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Pasco, WA
    Now that was sad!


    Bwahahaha! Me so funny!


  7. To play the Blues, you gotta have the Blues.........

    Lose your job, get kicked out by your ol' lady, lose a month's wages at the casino, etc. You get the idea ?

  8. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Pasco, WA
    Oh yeah?

    Check out the song 'Another Fine Day' by the Ford Blues Band.

    Nothin' but good times my friend!


  9. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    Drums by themselves playin' the blues IS rediculously sad... just think of a slow blows drum beat and nothing else....
  10. I think he means if the bass isn't sad, then the guitar can't be sad. And that leaves the drums, which can't be sad if the bass and guitar aren't sad.
    But drums playing a blues beat would be pretty interesting :smug:
  11. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    Maybe with toms tuned to some blue notes...
  12. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    I see this stated quite a lot and it's not true IMO. If it was, then all the great blues bassists would be suffering from manic depression. :D
  13. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    There are lots of upbeat happy "blues" songs also. How is a "sad" bassist supposed to cope with these ? ;)
  14. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Listen to the music and play what you hear, listen to the music and play what you hear, listen to the music and play what you hear. I say the three times to hammer it home listen to the music, not the bass lines but the music. Play what you hear, is not just play the bass line, but play a bass line.
    In Blues more than any other form of music i have found mediocrity and laziness can be justified as "the Blues".
    As for copy cat players who think they are the "real deal", if i see the "next Steve Ray or the new BB King, my shoulders drop. Why? because Stevie and BB were original and inovators not copy cats.

    Blues encompasses many styles from Delta to Chicago blues, from Texas to British Blues. Piano, harp, guitar, accordian etc there are many lead instruments in Blues with as many styles for bass to play with, so listen to the music and play what YOU hear.
  15. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    sad-schmad.......play a brown note when "blueing" and watch sad go to mad real quick. Mwaahhhaaahhaa-imagine a whole room of now-not-so-cool-people in such distress. But YOU might end up with the black and blues.:atoz: ..........i'm so bad
  16. wildhorse


    Mar 15, 2009
    Yeah funny but the Blues always cheers me up.
  17. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Yes, but the point is, a brown note is probably just a mistake in this context, and could be played regardless of your frame of mind. ;)
  18. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Duh- PLAY WITH OTHER PEOPLE!! It's all about the interaction between musicians (ALL of 'em, including singers).

    So, listen and play along with good blues musicians on record (Wolf, The King Family, Muddy). But also dig into the roots, so spend time with Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Robert Lockwood Jr., etc. Then get thee to a blues jam (I can't believe I'm telling someone to attend that peculiar form of torture called an open-mic blues jam). The first time maybe just hang out, listen to what's going on, talk to other players (not just bassists), learn the protocol. Then the second time take your bass, make yourself overcome doubt and sit in. Expect to fall on your face. Pick yourself up and learn from that.

    But if the blues jam is full of Stevie Ray Wannabees, then it's probably NOT blues, but rock 'n' roll with annoying guitar solos, so move on...

  19. I prefer blues in the modern style. My favorite example of playing exactly the right thing in exactly the right way is SRV's 'The Sky Is Crying.' Makes the hair on my neck stand up, literally.
  20. Bassgrinder77

    Bassgrinder77 Banned

    Jan 23, 2009
    Rhythmic phrasing. Great blues players don't have a lot of scale notes to use. It's where you put the notes, rhythmic dexterity, timing, feel, how you push the song. Forget looking for any theory.

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