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root 5

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ImaStupidBaby, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    well, you do what the song "feels" like to you... be that root, root - 5th or pretending to be John Entwistle...
  2. I get paid to play a lot of country so the root fifth is necessary but I spice it up.

    me playing a doublethump 155 bpm 16th note solo every song would NOT fly
  3. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    i love root 5. i don't know why people put it down. they think "im good, so i shouldn't have to use root 5". which is stupid. victor wooten uses root 5 octave all the freaking time, so do all the greats.

    being able to use root 5 in the correct manner is IMO something that skilled players can do.
  4. BargeOn

    BargeOn Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    It's +1 to that, and to

    Two sides of the same coin that for me come down to the difference between elegant simplicity (Ray Brown) and the plain simple minded (take your pick) lots of gray in between but you don't have to be Jaco to recognize the difference.

    One thing that brings it home for the more imaginative player is knowing when and how to break out of the R-5 pattern. I think that's what separates the experienced players from the herd.
  5. DaemonBass


    Mar 29, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    Of course there's a infinite amount of different rhythmic variations on even 1 note, let alone 2 notes, bro. How many permutations of 2 are there.. Well, 2.

    Yes, no flavor. The roots and fifths are the fundamental tones (ALL chords contain a root, a 5th can be included in any chord (minding whether it be sharp or flat)) whereas the other tones add the "color" of the chord, such as diminished, dominant, ect.
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