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Electric Bass Lessons: Playing In The Pocket

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So as you know,
the most important thing about becoming a
good bass player is playing in the pocket.
a lot of guys are all over the place, and
actually,
they don't pay as much attention to the
simple.
Pocket as they should.
So, I'm gonna give you some very, very
simple exercises and
I'm gonna play along with a click track to
demonstrate that even with the simple four
quarter note pattern, it's very important
to stay in the pocket.
So we'll listen to a click track now.
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And a line, the first variation on
a straight line like that would be maybe
the octave playing, so
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Now, believe it or not,
that's more difficult than it seems,
staying locked in with that click.
Sometimes there's a tendency to drag
behind it,
or rush in front of it.
So instead of keeping it going, I can vary
a pattern a little bit,
put some space in it.
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Just doin an extra thing.
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I'll try to play off the beat now.
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Nothing more than a quarter note.
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See.
So, so that's just a simple quarter note
pattern.
With the click, but staying on it is a bit
of a challenge sometimes
because you have to really listen and just
lock it into that groove.
So, now I'm gonna double up and do an
eighth note pattern,
with the same click and just make it a
little bit busier.
It goes like this.
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So
there's my eighth note pattern
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And the tendency is to rush,
the busier the pattern gets.
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So you want to stay right with that click.
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Here's a little variation.
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Now I'll put a little
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So basically an eighth note pattern.
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You can practice
these with a drum machine.
But with a click is good.
Teaches you how to play with a click.
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I'll try to do it on the off beat.
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That's a fun exercise.
Because, when the click is on the upbeat,
it really makes you have to play in the
pocket, so you can keep it nice and even.
What we'll notice is that, when we play
with that same click.
If we wanna add a little more movement to
the, to the pattern.
And maybe double up with a 16th note
pattern.
The tendency's gonna be to get a little
bit on top of it.
So, here we'll play with the click.
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That third line is.
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So.
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And that's a good workout for
your right hand as well.
So there was our all a lot of different
combinations that you can come up with.
Definitely experiment around with playing
with the click, it's really good for your.
Ability to play in the pocket.
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You've heard lines.
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So.
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You've had paired lines.
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So.
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