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Jazz Bass Lessons: Double Stops - "Moon and Sun"

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[MUSIC]
Now we come to an interesting
part of the curriculum.
This is a double stop exercise.
Double stop is when you play two
notes at the same time on the bass.
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Generally,
we try to find places where
we can use the open strings.
So I wrote this little piece
called Moon and Sun in D-minor,
because it's a nice open key on the bass.
And you can download the printed music,
so you can see what I'm doing.
It has a minor section and
a major section.
And the reason why I have you do this is,
bass players use them a lot, and
you hear people using tenths, you know?
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Or a minor, that's a major,
here's a minor tenth.
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It's a common thing, fifths on the bass.
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They sound good on the bass.
There's something about those intervals
that really just agree with the bass.
You can also have a minor sixth.
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A tritone,
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in the fifth.
So this is to get you to
think about your sound,
your pitch,
to get your rhythmic independence because
sometimes you're gonna be going like this
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Sometimes you're gonna hold a note and
play a note with your other
finger while something's ringing.
So that you get coordination on
the bass to be able to sort of play two
melodies at once,
because you'll have a bass part and
a little melody happening
right on top of it.
So it's deliberately not too
crazy with the independence part,
but it's a way to get yourself to
internalize that quarter note.
We're gonna be down at around
60 beats per minute, so
it's a very steady pulse in which we can,
you know?
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Let me walk you through it before we do it
with the click we have.
It sounds like this,
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I'll do it a little slower.
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Now we have thirds here.
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That's F and A.
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That's a major third and
then a minor third E and G.
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And then.
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See what I did there?
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Sometimes they're apart,
sometimes together.
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Sometimes I did a little
hammer-ons or pull-off.
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See how I played that A?
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A hammered pull-off, actually.
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And
here's a,
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That's a minor sixth and a fifth.
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Then there's a minor sixth and
the fifth again.
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Ao that's an eight bar phrase that
repeats.
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You don't have to
do the pull off there.
Also, you can go.
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You can pick it.
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Now,
there's a bridge
that goes
to major.
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Here's an independence thing,
here's the beginning
of the B section here,
so you have a D and an A.
And then you have F-sharp, B, A, D octave.
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B, F-sharp, E, F-sharp.
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You can go,
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you can try to do a pull-off and a hammer,
too.
You notice how at the pull-off,
I just pull straight all the way?
And then I hammer back.
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Takes a little while to build up that
strength.
Don't worry, you'll get it.
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Now G,
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and here's a little move.
Okay, so G open, then that's a minor sixth
with a B under it, and then you hammer.
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Then we have a major six,
the C-sharp to the A.
Or you can play the notes,
you don't have to hammer, you can go.
[MUSIC]
See?
Then, F-sharp, C.
Now, a minor third.
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A minor third followed by a fifth.
It's kinda like,
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that's like a B and a D.
That's really thinking of a G chord
to an A chord, and then D chord.
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Here's that move again.
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Remember that G, B, C-sharp, and open.
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Make sure that sixth,
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minor sixth.
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And then,
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two fifths together.
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Make sure when you get down here to
the absolute bottom of the bass,
that you stretch your hands so
that fifth is really a fifth.
[MUSIC]
Now if you're wondering,
I've kept my pitch at
4-42 for this.
So if you're trying to tune along and
you want to tune to me,
I've tuned to 4-42, so
it's a little higher.
[MUSIC]
And you need to know that before
you start doing these
double stops with me, okay?
[MUSIC]
This is
called moon
and sun.
And
notice
the
phrasing
that i
use too,
ill play
to the
metronome,
but i
might
stretch
some
things
out,
take my
time than
catch
up in
the next
bar.
In other words, don't panic,
first learn to play it strictly in time,
than try to make the melody sing, That
top voice come out, in your left hand.
Here we go.
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