What are you practicing? - Legends of jazz bass.

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Papageno, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Papageno


    Nov 16, 2015
    Check this little gem put together by Geoff Chalmers...
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  2. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    Hastings, UK
    Interesting that the most common answers are arco long tones and classical repetoire
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  3. notabene


    Sep 20, 2010
    SF Bay area
    I've started practicing on bass the "lick" I use on saxophones to make sure all the keys (keys on the sax) are working correctly. Play major triads through the cycle of forths sequentially. E.G. CEG/FAC/BbDF/EbGBb etc., in any inversion, up or down, no matter. For me, on bass, the lower positions are easy, and the ear easily checks intonation, but as I go up "higher" and change the inversions, it can reveal real issues with my concentration and chops. The real indication of the "issues" is that on sax, everything is absolutely automatic, no thinking necessary (I've been at sax for many decades) but on bass, I seem to have to think, which is a real indication of how far I have to go to reach thoughtless bliss.

    Seems to be helping me. Mileage may vary.

  4. bass183


    Apr 22, 2014
    That discover db video is extremely inspiring. I just finished watching it after about a week of watching it in small chunks. Past couple of weeks I've been spending more time on ear training (transcribing, listening for/singing root harmony of old standards, modus novus sight singing exercises), which has been helpful. Anyway, I love Robert Hurst's approach to practice--more creativity!
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  5. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I love Brian Bromberg's playing.
  6. My heroes! Now I'm about to pull up Whisper Not, 2AM. I wish they all played a bit more. Some didn't pay at all.
    What is that thing J Patitucci is playing? I think that top is not spruce. Looks like pine?
  7. bassmanbrent

    bassmanbrent Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    Hard to say for sure, but the top is slab cut, as opposed to quarter sawn, so it looks different than most. Whatever that bass is, it sure has a great sound and must be a noteworthy instrument. I've seen JP playing it in other videos and it's had some pretty extensive (and expensive) restoration work usually only done on valuable old basses.
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  8. It's a Gagliano bass from the early 19th century. I believe Art Davis had it when he lived in LA, but I might be wrong. Luckily I was able to play it when it was at LA Bass Works back in 2016. That bass sounds like a tree.
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  9. sean_on_bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Here is the classical bassist video...a good watch for jazz players too. Was not familiar with Lorraine Campet but her playing is pretty amazing!

  10. Papageno


    Nov 16, 2015
    The 2 videos can be summarized like this:

    Geoff to jazz cats: "What are you practicing?"
    Jazz cats: "Bach"

    Geoff to classical cats: "What are you practicing?"
    Classical cats: "Bach"

    That kind of makes sense to me...
  11. bassmanbrent

    bassmanbrent Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    Don't forget long tones :)
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  12. Papageno


    Nov 16, 2015
    One detail I had initially not noticed: The title is "What are you practicing right now? Q1."
    And someone in the 2nd video mentioned there are 5 questions. That suggest we may expect 8 further great videos like those... :):)
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  13. Papageno


    Nov 16, 2015
    I would have loved to know what Edgar Meyer practices, although my guess would be "Bach"...
  14. lurk

    lurk Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    How about Ron Carter's spot?
  15. brentonkim


    Mar 10, 2009
    Austin, TX
    robert hurst slays it @42:03
  16. bassmanpl


    Jan 23, 2014
    Does anyone know what’s the first tune that Brian Bromberg plays in the first video?
  17. basspedaler


    Feb 18, 2013
    It's called "Brian's brain" :cool: