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solo bass and singing

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by egan3426, May 12, 2006.

  1. i've recently been writing songs and i was looking to perform several of them at open mic nights. Thing is, i've written them for bass and piano. i am willing to change them within reason and was wondering if it would be best to use tapping, chording or harmonics or what to support the vocals more.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Check out Seth Horan, that should get some ideas going...
  3. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    interesting subject.

    I have been working a lot lately on arranging jazz standards to play with just bass and vocals, as I have a singer I really like working with that is interested in this.

    Not sure I have a useful answer, but, as I am pretty awful at tapping, I have found chords are my friend. I have to get creative on voicings at times, cause I generally play only 4 strings. Think open voicings, where you are skipping a string and using 3 notes.

    There are certain tunes where I will switch between walking and chording. The solo bits are extra fun (read as scary/exposed), as you don't even have any percussion to keep you company and help keep track of where you are.

    Also, keep in mind that space is your friend. Just because you know how to fill in 3 parts at once, doesn't mean it will sound as good as a simple chunky chord or walking line -- ESPECIALLY underneath a good vocal part.

    I have performed a little bit in this mode with my singer friend (a handful of songs in the middle of acoustic sets where other musicians will take a break). It actually was well received the few times we have done it. Soon we will add in a horn or flute, and then things get really fun, and I'll probably get serious about looking for gigs. Anyway, sorry to take off on a tangent, but I am definitely curious to see where this thread goes.
  4. I think you could probably use sustained chords for some parts (im thinking slow parts)




    you can do these with tapping or you could play some thing like these with a thumb downstroke or w/e
    () = opt
    Major Minor
    -(7)- -(8)-
    -(9)- -(9)-
    -11-- -10--
    -0--- -0--

    and during more upbeat parts you can do a quick walking lines with some slap for percussive effects. Just my thoughts.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY

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