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Jazz Bass Lessons: Etude 23: D Minor

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This one's in D minor and
it's a ballad.
So you can play the melody
the first time and
then maybe try to play
a bass line the second time.
Ballads are an opportunity for
us to really think about our sound,
also our pitch, of course.
But how you can make something sound and
feel good with very few notes?
So when you play a ballad, don't be afraid
to play whole notes and let them ring and
maybe a little,
little lead into the next note.
I'll try to show you a little bit
about that on the second time through,
but think about, in this one,
it's almost like you imagine
that you are the singer the first time,
cuz you sing the melody.
And then when you go back down to play
bass that somebody else is singing or
maybe playing a saxophone solo over you,
you're really there just playing big,
anchoring, foundational notes.
So this is D minor and it's a ballad.