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SOLO solos....

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jan 13, 2020.


  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I have a fairly high end gig coming up in March, and I've been given the opportunity to do a solo -by myself- should I choose to.

    I'm the kinda guy who likes these days to lay low as part of the rhythm section, but truth be told - the only reason I'd turn down this opportunity is because I'm absolutely terrified to do it - BUT....

    I'm not a guy who likes to make fear stop me from doing anything.

    I also feel its a bucket list kinda thing that will help me immensely to grow as a musician.

    I'd love to hear people's thoughts and experiences. I could use some inspiration. This is completely new territory for me.
     
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  2. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    What's the genre/style of the band?
     
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  3. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    Maybe surprise them with something nobody expects on bass. Like a chorded and finger-rolled medley of Bells of St. Mary's and Over the Rainbow. Alternate the roll between Chet and banjo. Just a thought.
     
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  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Old school R&R. Its with a guy who played in the Leslie West band.

    I like this! You've inspired me... (either you or the cup of coffee I just drank :) ). Some ideas immediately came to mind.

    Thank you.
     
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  5. Malcolm35

    Malcolm35

    Aug 7, 2018
    Play 24 bars of the tune -- I presume they will let you know which tune you are to do you solo in.
     
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  6. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Next time, we'll see your face.
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    Here is how the previous bass player soloed.

     
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  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    :)

    Actually... the guy I'm playing with did the last bunch of shows with Leslie, on bass. I'm assuming that's the Rev (though I don't recognize him without hair :)). I wanted that gig so bad I could taste it. Leslie calls the shots though, not my friend.

    FWIW - The Rev is a MUCH better bass player than the guy I'm playing with. Much better bass player than me, too.
     
  8. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    So Anyway, since there's a Leslie West connection, I'd get my Felix on and play the riff from Mountain's Swan Theme. I always thought the live side from Flowers Of Evil was some great music.
    Have Fun!
     
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  9. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    I really get tremendously uncomfortable with just improvising a solo. It always manages to turn into total crap. I look stupid enough on my own without the added bonus of that.

    what I found works best for me when I've been in an act that had me solo is that I simply had to compose something at home and stick with that. Work the living daylights out of it until I couldn't get it wrong. On stage, it actually became fun to solo when I knew exactly where I was going.
     
  10. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    I think you will have to consider how long you have to prepare and what techniques you feel comfortable with. A lot of solo bass stuff seems to lean toward finger tapping or slapping online. But I've been to a bunch of concerts and seen stuff as simple as playing the Imperial March.
     
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  11. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I'm ashamed to say I've not heard of Leslie West until now. Just checked out a few toons on YouTube - guy's a monster both guitar and vocals.
    Anyways, turns out there's a tune ("Whiskey") that featured Stanley Clarke. It's a bit of a lick trade - maybe you could conceive a duet between yourself and the guitar player along those lines?
     
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  12. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Ya gotta be an old guy to have heard of Leslie West.
     
  13. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I thought I was on old guy. Maybe being a brit doesn't help!
     
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  14. 2000TA46032

    2000TA46032

    Aug 1, 2018
    +1 on slapping
     
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  15. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    :crying::thumbsdown:
     
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  16. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    You are taking about a soloist piece? Correct? Not a solo during a song, but a bass only piece between sets for example. That is how I interpreted it, but a lot of the recommendations sound like a solo during a song.
     
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  17. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Or maybe that I've heard of him now makes me old? Thanks Joe, for the steer and making me old!
     
  18. You could just play a melody from a famous song, with a couple little cool bass fills in there down low to emphasize that this is a BASS - guitar's can't do THAT.

    Could be free time too, just playing and expressing - and make sure to walk around a bit and look at and over top of the crowd.... like an egocentric guitarist would

    Solo solos are great with some delay and/or reverb too.... just sayin

    They'll LOVE IT
     
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  19. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    I would suggest the following two things:

    1. Your strong side of playing the bass guitar.
    (From my following your bass-ing, it's the way you Slap, your idiosyncratic way of Slapping!
    2. Some kind of link to Leslie West, like one of his song/s re-arranged your idiosyncratic Slapping way!
     
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  20. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    Do it. They may be checking you out for something else. I hate soloing, but never say no when the BL points to me. Somethings you just gotta do.
     

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