learn to play many styles

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learn to play many styles

Post by Jazzbass » Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:48 am

As bassists, we normally have the best timing in the band and we can guide the rest of the band into places they didn't think about and if we do it carefully, we can get them there without them even realising it.

One of the best tools in our bass toolkit should be the ability to alter our style of playing. We should each develop a style which is 'us', but not to the level of being incapable of altering it. We should also learn when to be out front and when to dig a groove with the drummer which is almost not heard, but without which the band would sound like crap.

I had a jam with a bassist a few years ago who was bloody brilliant at slapping and tapping, but that's all he did - song after song. It took 2-3 songs before we all wished he'd just go away. Brilliance in one style is cool, but overuse of that style is a killer. Trying to sing songs over top of a bassist funking up every single song is impossible.

There are places for every style out there, but please ... learn when to use them and when to change and don't stick with one style over too many consecutive songs. It is incredibly boring.

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Post by beagle » Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:35 am

You've made some really great points there. Nice 8)

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Re: learn to play many styles

Post by Richard (of RBB) » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:00 pm

I'm replying because no one else has. You make a very good point here - hear the music before the technique. Intuition is the word that all us bassists need to remember.
Well done Jazz!
By the way,
Is that really your name? Jazz Bass? If it is, what a coincidence that you took up the bass!

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