I find it helpful to have several different ways to play through my scales and patterns. The video shows me playing through my patterns in a more traditional approach, and the improvised practice will get your fingers and mind thinking about these same notes in a different way. [Read more…]
I was reminded recently that a lot of bass players struggle to come up with a satisfying practice routine. It’s no surprise then that many people don’t have an awesome practice experience on the bass! Many students I encounter tend to approach their practice time in a less structured way. This unfocused type of practice just doesn’t work, it produces a lack of clarity and no feeling of progress. As we are learning things, we want to make progress, we want to feel like we are making progress, it’s natural to want to feel that way. This feeling of progress is the fuel that will drive your practice time! [Read more…]
This week for Walking Wednesdays we worked our way through the classic tune ‘So What’.
The whole song is really just two chords a D-7 and Eb-7. It seems like that should make it easier but it actually makes it a little more difficult.
I really liked all of the lines that you guys wrote and hope you enjoy playing through this line as well. I have included your bass lines in here so see if you can find your line as you play through these. [Read more…]
This week we are going to work through Autumn Leaves for our walking bass line. This tune is mainly made up of a – ii V7 I – in major and a – ii-7b5 V7 i – in the relative minor.
In measures 19-20 the Eb7, and Db7 are tri-tone chord substitutions. Without those substitutions the chords would be as follows |E-7 A7 |D-7 G7 |. When the tri-tone sub is removed it makes the key movement easier to see in these two measures.