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Jazz Bass Lessons: Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Solo

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Now, next thing we're gonna do is
I wanna teach you to play a solo on this,
instead of starting with scales and
all those things,
I wanna start with what
we call Motivic playing.
When you take a three note cell and
you play it through all the changes.
Here, we're gonna take four notes.
We're gonna take a C, and
an E flat, and an F, and an A.
That's the whole solo and
I'm gonna show you how to do it.
We're gonna back up and
start at the end of the piano solo and
I'll just play a solo
using those notes but
in different rhythms cuz I wanna
get you to think about phrasing.
In the blues, the great blues singers and
the great players,
they took small cells and
develop them by using rhythms and
cadences, call and response, you put out
an idea and then you answer yourself.
This is a blues tradition, it's an African
tradition, it's all tied together.
So before we get into harmony and
all that I wanna make sure
that you know how to phrase.
And in the blues phrasing is everything.
So let's try that with a little cell.
That's all we're gonna do.
C, E flat, F, and A flat, sometimes
we're going to slide to the A natural.
That's all we're doing.
Here we go.
now, so
I just took
a couple of
things you
can play,
would take
one note.
Sonny Rollins is a great tenor player,
we're gonna play one note.
We're gonna play F, the tonic note through
the whole solo with different rhythms.
gonna do
it this
way lets
try it
Now the other one.
Okay, so I'm using
simple phrasing because
often times when people
learn the scales that go
through these chords they
start playing very scaly ideas.
I think the next thing that we're going to
do to help you with your improvising on
this tune is actually to learn the melody.
When we learn the melodies to blues
we can use parts of the melody in our
solos as well.
So I don't really want to
proceed onto the changes
until we've actually learned the melody.
At this point,
you might want to send me a video.
I want to make sure that you have the
two-feel, and the walking-feel down for
Blues on the Bottom that you're playing
the chord changes in the right way,
that your time feel is solid.
And that you're playing well with
a metronome source, and that you're
playing at the tempo of the tune on the
recording so you can get to play along.
But before you send it, check out
what I've said to the other students,
then I'll take a look and
give you some feedback.