Question From a Novice

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Dialectician, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Dialectician


    Apr 16, 2014
    I am new to bass, and recently I attempted to play the bassline from Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle", however, I cannot seem to get the notes or the rhythm right. I know that I have the right key, but I cannot figure out the pattern or the duration of the notes being played in the song, and this is a problem that I have in general when I attempt to figure out and play basslines that are "lively". I would appreciate some insight into this matter from a knowledgeable bassist, specifically, in regards to the theory that is "behind" the notes and their progression in this song, as well as what to be aware of when I listen to and attempt to play other basslines like it.
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