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Electric Bass Lessons: Advanced Reggae

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Here's a reggae song in G-Major.
And you will hear some slides into double
stops during the song.
And you'll hear where the bass line, stays
consistent which is a,
that is a pretty big signature of, of
reggae music, where the bass just
does one line, and he stays on that line,
and you'll notice that on a few
of the lines I end up putting a few little
licks at the end of the line.
So, the reason I do that is just, I'm
bored playing the same exact line
all the way through, and but I don't want
to make it too cluttered.
So, if I'm playing.
First of all, I'm sliding into that third.
So, at the end of the line.
I'm keeping the line going at the same
So again we have to be, we're always
making choices and, and making decisions
about whether it's a good place or a bad
place to put a line in then.
Whatever, we can speak, you know, let the
instrument be heard, it's great to do it.
So, this time listen to the guitar,
because what I did is opted not to double
the guitar but instead play around it.
And, again, it was just a choice.
I could have, could have jumped on it with
him, but I wanted to try to keep it
interesting and have those two parts going
together as a sort of a counterpoint.
So, again, it's just a choice.
The song's in the key of G and since it's
a major key,
it's just a happy sound, you know, like
you're on the island,
what do you have to, you have, you do not
have the blues.
[LAUGH] So the bass line gives it a lot of
bounce, and listen to the drums.
But as you, as you notice the bass line,
it's such a bouncy feel.
That you might be able to
even get away with playing this song
without a drummer because it's just.
and so that's why coming up with an, an
interesting bass line is very important
anyway, because, number one, you're
keeping the rhythm going, and
then you're keeping a nice little melo,
melodic line going through the song.
And if you'll notice, when we get toward
the end of the song,
M T decided, decided to actually double
the bass line.
So, he, instead of me joining him, he
joined me.
And that's the fun of making music, where
we listen to each other, and react and
respond to each other, and there's where
the dialogue comes in.
So here's a little Reggae piece in
Check it out.
now that you completely know how to play
reggae music.
I'd like to invite you to send me a video.
It's your turn to listen to the backing
Any one that you want to select, and if
you want to listen to some of my lines
to get some ideas, but more importantly,
let me hear some of your ideas.
Be sure to check out the other students'
video exchanges with me.
And send me your video and I'll take a
listen and
get right back to you with some feedback.
So, I can't wait to hear what you come up
The reggae, man.