Which Technique for Different Jazz Genres?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Tom Gotsch, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Hey everyone. Sorry if this thread has been done before, but I’m wondering which bassline to play for certain jazz genres. I.e. walking for swing, root/fifth for bossa, root/fifth/root with various rythyms for latin. What are some of the styles of bassline I could use for different genres? There’s so many. Pardon my lack of knowledge on this
  2. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor In Memoriam

    Nov 14, 2008
    Southern Maryland, USA
    The only answer I can think of for this is to just learn songs. The question is really impossible to answer, since basslines are not really "paint-by-number". But it's true that certain genres have certain vibes and hence some kind of expected style. For example, Latin basslines are VERY specific, rhythmically. But, if you learn the song, you learn the style. Just pick songs that are played by the best of whatever genre. Just copy what they do.
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  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Something I have heard tossed around of late-
    Genre Studies

    I would think most/all have done some form of this.
    It does involve a lot of listening, studying, analyzing, and learning tunes/songs.

    So, when you hear walking bass in a Bop tune...why does it sound/feel different than a walking bass figure in early Rock and Roll?
    Root-5 in Bossa Nova vs. Root-5 in Country? Does it sound/feel any different?
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  4. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Rhythm first, then notes.
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