the ins and outs of Soca bass playing...

Discussion in 'Ask Anthony Wellington [archive]' started by joebar, Jan 14, 2015.


  1. joebar

    joebar

    Jan 10, 2010
    I wasn't sure who to ask about this topic.

    I have been playing bass for 30 years and have a solid understanding of the instrument/ music and rhythms as a whole.
    musicians complement me on being a good player.

    I am in a situation where the music is heavily based on soca/calypso/ reggae.

    I think like a swing/jazz bassist; I tend to bounce and swing things a lot by default.

    I feel like when I approach soca, it comes out as a hybrid; sort of a swing/soca blend which sounds good, but isn't authentic like some the basslines I have listened to. I find that latin- jazz root/five type lines work well with soca and that is fine with me.

    a lot of bassists playing soca seem to not play on the beat; it is like everything is a tad late giving the music a free form and a lack of definition in the harmony. it seems more concerned about rhythm than harmony.
    I come from a completely different line of thought.
    there is not a lot of info out there on this genre.
    I feel like I am not getting a piece to the puzzle; I can play everything fairly well. I want to play this style with conviction. I need a revelation.

    any advice about this would be appreciated

    regards joey
     
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  2. Jfever

    Jfever

    Feb 28, 2015
    Maybe post in the general forum? I'd be interested in the response as well