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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by blindman858, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. blindman858


    Mar 26, 2005
    Hi fellow bassists. I am relatively new to the bass world, been playing seriously for about two years now. Everytime I ask somebody about how they solo so well the common response is scales. I have run down come major scales minors and blues and I do not see how good soloists apply that theory into something so melodic. Maybe i have a bad ear. I dont know. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Who are you asking? If you go to the DOUBLE BASS side of the board, take a look at the stickies in the MUSIC THEORY forum. There's a LOT of discussion about improvising, both lines and solos. Most of it is jazz oriented but, in my opinion, most can be applied to just about any kind of music you want to do.

    Bottom line, improvising a solo is about playing melodies. Melodies are made up of scalar motion, arpeggiation, large interval leaps etc etc etc. ALL of that stuff has to inform your solos.