the low C/D extension

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Peter McFerrin, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. How often do REALBASSERS use their low extensions (if applicable) if the home key of a song is in C, Db, D, or Eb?

    I'm just curious to see how the attitude about super-low notes differs from that held by SLAB guys, who (myself no exception) often tend to drop things an octave if the home key is in that song.

    I saw Rufus Reid back in April and I think he played perhaps three notes below low E the entire show, and his D extension was open for two or three numbers.
  2. d_rock211

    d_rock211 Guest

    Apr 29, 2002
    Kansas City
    out of my band's 12 original songs, I use D on three of them. so about 25% of the time.
  3. For most players, the fingered C extension notes are used only for ending notes of songs perhaps 90 percent of the time. I've seen a few players finger stop the low notes while playing ballads, but it really isn't too practical for playing anything remotely fast. Most common extension notes? C and Eb.