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Electric Bass Lessons: Scatting

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[MUSIC]
When I was growing up,
I always wanted to be the George Benson of
the bass.
I love the way he scats, and sings along
with his guitar.
And scatting is, scatting is very
interesting, it's a lot of fun.
Louie Armstrong, he's said to be one of
the first to really do scatting around
1926, 1927, with the song Heebie Jeebies,
and
then Cab Calloway popularized it in the
30's.
Even Gershwin picked up on from Cab
Calloway from Porgy and Bess wrote it into
some of those songs and Ella Fitzgerald,
of course, was a great scatter.
I think Slam Stewart was the first bass
player I heard scat with his upright bass.
[MUSIC]
You know, and it was,
that's a great sound, so I, I love singing
with the bass and scatting along with it.
And earlier on when we were talking about
tuning,
I remember I was saying just sing a G in
your mind, and try to sing it.
B G.
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And, and
it's fun to just practice singing with the
bass.
[MUSIC]
And so on and so on.
Loads of fun so what I'd like to do now is
do a Scat solo for
you, over a jazz blues field and it goes
something like this.
Blues in A.
[MUSIC]
So now, it's your turn to play bass and
scat along with your bass.
Your 4-String works perfectly for that.
I wanna hear what you can do with that.
Singing and play along with your bass,
it's a great exercise.
And I bet you can come up with some great
solos.
You have me, JR, John Robinson and MT,
Michael Thompson, as your trio.
Listen to some of the other submissions by
the other students and
video exchanges, get some ideas, and then
send yours.
I'd love to hear you sing and play along
with your bass.
Sing, sing with your bass, four string.
All right.
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