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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Play Along: Simple 6/8 (Slow)

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Now were gonna do a simple six, eight and
this is kind of a minor blues and
what I mean by that is there are regular
kind of blues with dominant sevenths and
we call it, you can call those a major
blues, but I don't like to think of it
necessarily as major E,
cuz the dominant sound is bluesy and
we think of the blues inflection,
it's not exactly major.
But in the minor blues,
I have a real simple one for you here.
It's E minor, A minor and B minor.
Those are the only three chords.
It's like one and four and
five in the key of E minor.
Remember, how we said,
we walk up E minor is a root flat three,
five and a flat seven.
If you walk up four notes,
one, two, three,
four, you have an A, that's your
four chord, A minor in the key.
And then if you walk up
another step to the five chord
from the four,
you get B minor in that key.
That's the way it works.
E minor, A minor, B minor and
all the chords are the same quality.
So they all have a root, a flatted third,
a fifth and a flatted seventh.
Now I want you to refer to the Abakua
section in my curriculum with
the acoustic bass, where I talk about
how to clap and play the rhythm.
The Abakua rhythm that goes with six
eight is [SOUND] one, two, three, four.
You can count in four or one,
two, three, four, five, six.
[SOUND] So going, check out that
curriculum I have clapping and
walking exercises to get
you into this triplet feel,
cuz the six-eight feels like
the triplet in four-four.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four, five,
six is the same as triplet triplet,
triplet, triplet.
This is the essence of [SOUND]
how we phrase in jazz and
how we make it feel like it's swinging.
So here,
we're gonna play the actual six-eight.
I'm gonna play a very simple line
that you have written out for you and
we're gonna go through this three times.
And we're just gonna get into
that feel and see if we can,
in your mind the whole time.
[SOUND] And you hear the percussion and
everything to help you.
Listen to the percussion.
How they play all the little notes in
the bar, they call it subdivision.
All the eighth notes.
[SOUND] That breaks the bar up
into little eighth notes and
keeps that motor going for us.
Here we go.
Simple six-eight.