~ method / bass guitar

~ bass line stories ~

~ arpeggio lines ~ walking bass lines ~

~ 24 hours lick ~ vamp lines ~

~ the ostinato pattern ~

'... simply all the best ingrediants and lots of them ... '

In a nutshell. At any level with sounding out the bass lines in really all of our Americana music styles, if we can capture the basics of the 'story' the song is telling we can generally win the day. Of course all the other theory is in play; key, pitches, rhythms etc. That there's really only a handful of distinct storylines of our shared human condition over the millenia can streamline our learning process. Yet we must never forget that the miles I walk in my shoes are not quite the same as the miles of others. Thus, there's potentially no end to the interpretation and nuance an artist may find in telling their tales of; joy and woe is me, new love lost love, redemption through the will of spirit, getting one more chance to set things right in the universe we inhabit before moving on.

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While there's no end to what can be accomplished on this instrument with diligent study and steady effort, the following suggestions are for emerging players and designed to cover the beginning basics simply to get some music under the fingers. Initially there is one basic fingering pattern that goes in two directions; one for major and one for minor. These two exercises are also a solid way to learn the letter names of the pitches on the instrument if necessary.

major / minor

Find some love in rock minor. For newly minted cats find a recording of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." Learn this fingering here and find the pitches on the record.

For true beginners, this is the only song you need for a month or so. By mastering this line you'll figure out on your own what to do next. If you're looking to gig, this one tune will get the show started. It's a great garage band dance tune. Works everytime when you're with folks that really want to get involved.

Jack Bruce

Find some love in country major. For newly minted cats find a recording of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." Learn this fingering here and find the pitches on the record.

For true beginners, this is the only song you need for a month or so. By mastering this line you'll figure out on your own what to do next. If you're looking to gig, this one tune will get the show started. It's a great garage band dance tune. Works everytime when you're with folks that really want to get involved.

Jack Bruce

Find some love in blues major. For newly minted cats find a recording of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." Learn this fingering here and find the pitches on the record.

For true beginners, this is the only song you need for a month or so. By mastering this line you'll figure out on your own what to do next. If you're looking to gig, this one tune will get the show started. It's a great garage band dance tune. Works everytime when you're with folks that really want to get involved.

Jack Bruce

Find some love in blues minor. For newly minted cats find a recording of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." Learn this fingering here and find the pitches on the record.

For true beginners, this is the only song you need for a month or so. By mastering this line you'll figure out on your own what to do next. If you're looking to gig, this one tune will get the show started. It's a great garage band dance tune. Works everytime when you're with folks that really want to get involved.

Jack Bruce

Walking bass lines. While jazz guitar can be a number of things to various artists, surely there are things held in common. In developing the chops to play the music things worth considering include; that there are multiple key centers within one song, that a jazz artist typically improvises through the changes and that tempos are generally brighter when compared to our other styles. Combining these aspects adds up to quite a mental and physical challenge to perform the music and we have to try to get all this to swing of course. The following ideas are formated to develop the chops to meet the demands of the music.

Jack Bruce

Knowing the pitches. At the core of this learning process are two fundamental ideas. Knowing the letter names of the pitches and understanding the concept of movable shapes for scales, arpeggios and chords. Throw in some parallel motion and the ever essential half step lead in and kaboom, we just supersized our artistic palette in a jazz guitar direction.

Jack Bruce

Chromatic enhancement. By downbeat we mean the first beat of each measure. In this next melodic sequence of quarter notes, the downbeat is 'accented', meaning it is played a bit stronger and so sounds a bit louder. Example 1.

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Footnotes:

(1) Isacoff, Stuart. Temperament ... The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle, p. 40-42. USA Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 2001

(2)Aebersold, Jamey and Slone, Ken. The Charlie Parker Omnibook. New York: Atlantic Music Corp., 1978.

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