took an arco solo

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by Bassism, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. I had a rehearsal with a jazz quartet tonight, but our sax/keys player couldn't make it, so it was just bass/drums/trumpet.
    We were pretty tired, and a bit bummed out, and generally not playing as well as usual.

    So we're playing My Funny Valentine, and it comes to my solo. My fingers were getting a bit sore, so I figured "what the hell, I'll try and pull off an arco solo."
    When I got to the turnaround, the drummer was like "Yo man. I don't know what you just did. But I liked it." That moment made the night of disappointment feel worth it.

    It was kind of a weird feeling though. I actually had better tone while playing my solo than I usually do when I'm playing with a pit band or concert band.
    And although I had to devote some thought to what I was doing with in the bow, I found that it really helped me find more natural phrasing.

    On the whole, it was pretty awesome. I've never tried playing an arco solo with the combo before, and it's been a long time since I've gotten such a good response to a solo.

    I think I'm gonna pull out the bow again when we record next weekend. And hopefully I won't choke.

    The moral of my story? There isn't one.
  2. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    Nice One. Weird....same thing happened to me tonight. Did a recording session, with my first "public" arco solo. Ona fiver with guts. I really liked it. It was in tune, too. My God, could it be true? LOL
  3. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    In another of those strange Talkbass coincidences I am playing 'My Funny Vallentine' in a duo that's coming together with a guitarist friend of mine. It'll be all arco :eek: - I'll be playing the A and C parts of the head, and a solo, with long tones in the B section. :help:

    Should sound great if I can pull if off like you guys obviously did (tips hat :smug: )

    Luckily the guitarist is superb, so I'll be well supported.