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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Introduction to Basic Etudes

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Okay, so I'd like to talk to you a little
bit about this next section we're gonna
get into where we have 24 basic etudes.
It covers all the major and minor keys.
These are wonderful play
alongs that feature
John Carot on piano and
Adam Cruz on drums.
And basically, it provides you
guys who are just getting started
to play slow moving melodies,
whole notes, half notes.
But with some nice chord
changes around you.
Have a chance to hear some different
styles of accompaniment and
even play some bass lines.
And try your hand at some new things
that you might not have tried before.
As well as the two feel in jazz,
and walking, and, you know?
But playing some slow moving melodies,
hearing some harmony,
thinking about your tone,
thinking about your hand position.
Being able to play and
make some music where the music is not so
dense and complicated.
It's more open.
It's more like folk melodies and
hopefully to inspire you to think
about your tone and expression and
you have time to think and feel.
And you'll be building up some technical
awareness of what it's like to play in
all the keys, major and minor,
with some chords and harmony and
hearing some accompaniment.
Playing some different rhythmic ways,
you'll get a chance to play the melody,
you can play a little bass line, and even
improvise a little bit around the melody.
And this is the thing that
I wanna really stress.
In improvisation,
the great jazz improvisers can
create melodies out of anything.
You don't have to play a lot of notes.
In fact, it's really best when you
think like you're singing a phrase.
Singers have to breathe,
just like horn players do.
That's why horn players can often play so
They have to breathe, so they say a little
phrase, then they let some space go by.
This is linked to the African tradition,
which jazz is based on,
of call and response.
There's a call be it with the drums or
vocally and then there's a response.
It's a dialogue.
In this case,
you're dialoguing with yourself.
You pose a question, you play a little
phrase, you will let some time go by,
you play a little answer.
This is a basic thing that I'd like you to
get into even when you're just starting.
Because it kinda demystifies improvising
a little bit and takes some of the fear.
And nobody's expecting you to be blowing
guns blazing through the changes
when you're just starting
to learn the instrument.
Or whether you're just starting to
learn how to improvise over jazz.
It's really about piecing together
melodies and that's a gradual process.
These etudes are fun for
me to play frankly because
they're open and
you have time to develop themes and ideas.
So, I want you to think about your sound,
your rhythm,
melodies, and rhythms.
Like different styles of rhythm and
really just creating a mood
with these 24 basic etudes.
So I hope you enjoyed it.