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Jazz Bass Lessons: Rhythm Exercises - Basic Position

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[MUSIC]
Now I'd like to do an exercise very
similar to the last one
except we're gonna play in
a triplet feel which if you
refer to our whole section
on theory we're gonna
discuss all that in detail,
but for
now I'll give you a brief description.
In jazz music, we have a pulse where
we have quarter notes like one,
two, three, four, but
inside each one of those little
quarter notes,
there's a triplet happening inside.
And a triplet in music is
just when each little pulse,
each beat in the music
is divided in three.
So we have triplet, triplet,
triplet, triplet, triplet.
In jazz music this is incredibly
important because that feeling is
different than the feeling we just played,
where the eighth notes are straight.
The eighth notes, for every one pulse,
one beat, there are two eighth notes.
And if it's straight, it's one and
two and three and four.
That feels totally different than triplet,
triplet, triplet, triplet.
So, now I'm going to play in
the triplet feel, which, gets us into
the concept of what swing is, and helps us
to play jazz music with the right accent.
So now we're going to do the same
basic chord progression as we did for
the ballero, but
with a swing feel in a very open style.
We're gonna do walking bass yet.
We're just gonna play in a very open,
almost what people would say
was a two feel,
which is when music rocks back and forth.
The quarter note is one, two, three, four.
The two feel is one, two, one, two.
It's very simple.
Just a rocking back and forth.
Like that.
So, this is that same
basic chord progression,
with the same basic notes, but
with a little triplet feel.
Here we go.
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[MUSIC]
One, two, a one,
two three.
[MUSIC]
At
this point,
you might
want to
send me
a video if
you have
any questions
about
posture,
hand
position,
these basic
rhythmic
exercises
that I just
laid out.
But before you send one in check out what
I've said to the other students who have
sent videos in.
And I'll take a look and
I'll give you some feedback.
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