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Electric Bass Lessons: Creating A Bass Solo

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[MUSIC].
So, here's the scenario now.
You're on the stage, everybody's jamming.
And then, all of a sudden, they point to
you and say, bass solo.
What are you gonna do?
So, the first thing, I wanna get into your
head is,
it doesn't always have to be fast or chop
related.
But think in terms of keeping it
interesting.
And create a memorable solo.
A solo with an opening statement.
A solo that, every note counts,
as something because, most bass solos that
I hear.
Are, I mean, very boring, because it's
just a lot of really quick fast notes but
they're not paying attention to the chord
progression.
And it's kinda like, sound like what
they've practiced in their room, and
they just came and brought that to the
stage.
Be melodic, like write a song, while
you're, taking the solo.
And think, one of the, one of the little
tricks I use is, is,
I think it's always good to know the
melody of a song, anyway.
So, you know, you've learned the bass
line, but
if you, can learn the melody that's,
that's a bonus.
And, if you're really at a loss for ideas,
just start with the melody.
And, that usually gets you into the flow,
and then just, you know,
improve on that, improvise.
If you're playing the blues, that's,
that's fun,
because you can use the five notes of the
pentatonic scale.
And, that'll help you out a lot.
But use your imagination, and think of
something that's gonna,
that's gonna stick, and people are gonna
remember.
And, and, make the solo have an art.
It starts out, slowly and builds up to a,
a climax and then,
you know, just, then you can knock them
out and take your round of applause.
But again, think about what you wanna
play,
don't just play for the sake of playing.
And, and try to listen to what's going on
underneath, listen to the chords.
Sing melodies in your heard to yourself.
One of the things I, do when I know that
I'm gonna be up next for a solo or, or
that I have a solo later on in the song,
is I'll listen to what the keyboard
player's playing or the guitar player's
playing.
They, they come up with some great ideas.
And, I'll just you know, catalog a couple
of those, those ideas as starting points,
for something to play during my solo.
But just make sure you're not just
randomly, playing any notes.
And that you're, you're really, you know,
creating, you're you're writing a song,
you know, you're improvising, coming up
with it off the top of your head.
Okay here's an idea, of a bad solo.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
And that might sound good to somebody but
[LAUGH]-
But
[MUSIC]
Too many notes,
nobody's paying attention to the chord.
And, so if I were gonna develop a solo, it
would go something like this.
[MUSIC]
Not a lot of notes.
[MUSIC]
A little, little more.
[MUSIC]
So something to that effect.
You, we start with a little, motif.
Something that's identifiable that we, you
are soloing.
But then develop the solo and then, and
then give it a definite ending.
You know we did-
[MUSIC].
You know, just anything that,
that is definitive, musical and tasty.
So, I'm gonna give you an opportunity to
write your own solo.
I'd like you to just go to the solo
section of this song and
play me a solo, again with those things in
mind,
that we talked about, creating, starting
with, simple idea.
And keeping it melodic.
And I'd love to hear what you come up
with.
You can hear what the other students are
doing, in their video exchanges with me.
But send me yours, and I'll get back to
you with some ideas.
Can't wait.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Not a lot of notes
[MUSIC]
Little, little more.
[MUSIC]