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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Play Along: Summers Eve

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[MUSIC]
Okay, so now we're gonna do a jazz ballad.
And I want you to really think half notes,
open sounds.
Think about your tone.
Maybe slide into some things.
Don't play double time.
Don't get antsy with it.
Really just settle into
that big open space.
And lay back on the melody,
try to sing it.
Think of yourself as a singer
when you play this melody.
And when you play a solo,
think about really telling a story.
Say a phrase has to be really melodic.
That's very important to understanding
how to play a jazz ballad.
Okay?
And in the theory section,
these chords are broken down,
in terms of how to approach.
But for now, even when you first start
playing it, play off the melody.
Just play off the melody.
You want to make melodies, and
there's no better place to start with
the actual melody of the tune, okay?
So here we go, Summer's Eve.
[MUSIC]