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Tip for bass fills and solos.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by IamGroot, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. As bass players, we tend to hold down the fort by playing the root. But when you launch a fill or solo, starting on the root may sound tired. Starting on the 5th is usually a safe bet. The 3rd also works well. In fact, any chord tone other than the root works. If you want to start out dissonant, grab a non scalar tone and then slide back into the scale on the next note.

    Think of solos and fills in terms of mimicking speech and telling a story. Think of your tone of voice when you start the story. Then find the note pattern that matches that to kick it off.
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  2. Btw, the guitarist pentatonic riffs will sound waaay more interesting if you dont start on the root. Eric Johnson is a master of this. Here is a trademark riff in two octave ascending/descending triplets.

    Start on b3 grace note, then
    Ascending two octaves
    45b7 1b34 5b71 b345
    then go back down
    4 b31 b754 b31b7 54b3 resolve on the 1

    Recognize the lick?
  3. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
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  4. The video is dead on.

    Fux is pronounced "fooks" and is an alternate spelling for fuchs which means "fox" in german..
  5. Malcolm35


    Aug 7, 2018
    Last book I read on the solo subject did say to start with the 3rd in each measure and then fill out the measure with what ever chord tones you think best.
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