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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Marzer, Jul 29, 2005.
any sites dedicated to teaching how to play reggae? I cant find any
any tips at all would suffice, actually,
scales, that sort of thing.
I don't know of any specific reggae - playing only sites...maybe www.musicdojo.com or http://www.harmony-central.com/Bass/#instruction.
If that fails, you can always count on Hal Leonard for basic instruction
Reggae Bass Book & CD Bass Builders by Hal Leonard
You might also want to contact Burning Skies here on TB....he's a reggae bassist (there are probably others as well)
A Reggae bassline is a very personal statement. Try to learn to sing your favorite basslines by ear. You'll soon be 'thinking' in that context and language. Then translate it onto your bass, or see how it lines up on a piano. Don't worry about putting it into notation or trying to learn it from tabs. There's No Feeling on a piece of paper. You have that power. So learn to hear it, and then give it back with Feeling. It will be from You, and it won't sound stiff or academic.
That's the beauty of Reggae, and earlier Rock Steady. There's no hiding. A phony, casual "let's do a Reggae tune" pose can be spotted within seconds.
If it aint roots, walk out. Life's too short and precious.
I would say listen, listen, listen. Since reggae is very technical, most of what you need to learn is how to be creative with simple lines. But again, as others have said, listen to alot of reggae (go for the roots) and you will begin to learn.
umm im a reggae/ska/punk bassist. uhhh just look up tabs. i suggest 911tabs. com