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Electric Bass Lessons: Walking Blues

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[MUSIC]
We have a real treat for
you here, this is where we do walking
blues in A and you,
you'll notice that the bass, is doubling
the, the guitar line here.
And also, again, check out records by,
the great players like Buddy Guy, Eric
Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
These are, these are some of the most
influential players in the blues genre,
and really, you can get, pick up a lot of
ideas by listening to what they play.
I'm listening to the guitar line on this,
and, and as I'm working,
I'm picking up the guitar line, as well,
so that you know,
I keep the movement going and I catch,
catch what he's doing.
And notice about half way through the
guitar solo,
I'm using a descending chromatic bass
line.
And, again it just popped into my head
while I was playing.
And I'm, also muting the notes a little
bit so that,
it gives it a little bit of an upright
sound so you'll hear
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And the way I'm muting, again, is just,
I'm hitting the note and if I [SOUND] if I
don't mute it,
it sounds like this and it rings [SOUND]
but I use,
the fingers that are free just to dampen
the note [SOUND] so,
[SOUND] so I can almost do it without
getting the note and the [SOUND]
[MUSIC]
So, it's a fun sound.
I, I use it when, emulating an upright
bass.
Another thing is, I can play the line that
I'm doubling the guitar with,
either in the low octave.
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Or the higher octave.
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And what you'll notice in
the higher octave it's speaks more, but in
the lower octave acts more like an anchor.
So, again, as I am playing these
selections,
I am constantly thinking okay well this
sound good and high register,
low register and just making choices based
on, the way it feels at the time.
So check out this, with MT on guitar.
Michael Thomson.
J.R. on drums, John Robinson.
Here's Walking Blues in A.
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