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Jazz Bass Lessons: Elementary Ear Training - Call and Response Bass Lines

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[MUSIC]
Now, I'd like to do some
mirror training with the bass, and
do a call and response base line drill.
Call and response is a tradition
in African music, and
a lot of ethnic and folk musics.
So, I'm gonna give you a bass line, and
I'm gonna play it a couple times, and
then, we're gonna play to a metronome,
and the metronome's gonna be
on all four beats of each bar.
And I will play a bass line for
a couple of bars,
and then I'll stop, and let you play
it back to me, then I'll play it again.
I'll play it a few times to train you
to see how fast you can pick it up.
Okay?
This is a very important
part of your development.
Super important.
You have to learn how to
be able to hear things,
and grab them quickly, and
be able to duplicate them.
This is a big thing for bass players,
I would like you to develop
the skill of being able to create
these type of bass lines over time.
That's a very important thing, so
if somebody counts off a tempo, and
says, can you play an intro, you can
create a bass line that has a hook to it,
that people can grab onto.
Okay, Here's the first one.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
Try again.
[MUSIC]
Again.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
One more.
Okay,
[MUSIC]
Now, we're going to do
a variation of a call and
response bass line.
We're gonna do a similar thing that we
did before, but you're gonna have to grab
the bass line a little quicker, and
I'm gonna give you more variation.
And now, it's gonna be a two bar pattern.
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
Now,
let's do
a call and
response
bass
line,
with
a swing
feel.
And I would like to talk about,
just sometimes when we practice more
of a swing feel we're gonna play with
the metronome on two and four sometimes.
There are different ways to do it.
You can do one and three also,
but let's try two and four.
And so you get the feeling of what
that is, and we'll do two bar trades,
two bar call and response.
[SOUND] One, [SOUND] two,
[SOUND] a one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
You.
[MUSIC]
You.
Okay,
[MUSIC]
At this
point,
you
might
wanna
send me a
video.
What I'm trying to get you to
think about with these call and
response grooves is to develop the skill
of composing two and four bar patterns.
But before you send it in,
make sure you check out,
what I've said to the other students.
So, I'll take a look, and
I'll give you some feedback.
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