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rhythm and melody and solo bass

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by sDg, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. sDg


    Feb 26, 2003
    Wise, Virginia
    I have just taken the first few steps into the world of solo bass. Very exciting, but one thing is driving me absolutely insane. I can't stop playing rhythm. Melody has been very hard for me to adapt to.

    So, I have tried playing keyboard. It sounds more like I am playing the drums. (left hand = kick, right hand = snare) So, I go back to the bass and maybe find a decent melody. But that melody will morph into a walking bass line. What can I do to find my melodic voice on the bass? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    HI sDg,

    there are a couple of recent threads that may be a good place to start - have a look at the ones on practicing/muting and soloing/creating melodies - I wrote a lot of stuff in both those threads that relates to your questions - if you've got further stuff you want clarified after reading those, feel free to ask!