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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Simple Jazz 2 Beat Feel II/V Progression - Play Along

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[MUSIC]
Okay, so now we're gonna deal with
a simple version of a jazz two beat feel
over the two five
progressions in all keys.
And basically what you have to
remember about this is jazz,
in the beginning, with New Orleans Jazz,
early in the 1900s.
We were dealing with tuba players,
playing in two feel.
And that means beats one and
three would be emphasized.
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In the parade, rhythms where their
walking down the street
in funeral marches.
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You got to think about that.
That was the original two feel.
Then the acoustic bass
players took it over.
In this simple two beat that we're
gonna do right now at a slower tempo.
We're gonna concentrate on making one and
three, set up the two and four,
the back beat that the drums accent.
Sometimes with the high hat on two and
four.
Everybody talks about two and
four all the time in jazz.
But two and four can only be great,
if one and three is setting it up.
And I remember, I used to play a lot
with the great drum master Roy Haynes.
Who played with everybody from
Louis Armstrong, to Coltrane.
To Pat Matheny, to Chick Korea.
And he said,
everybody talks about two and four.
One and three has to be happening first,
so this is our opportunity to plug into
history and get our one and three together
so we can make two and four swing.
Here we go, this is without triplet fills
or anything, this is just really one and
three emphasis with half notes and
quarter notes, and
no triplets yet, we'll get to that later.
Here we go.
Two times through this chart,
and a simple jazz two-beat.
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