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Posted by andrew hudson on January 08, 2001 at 21:14:24:

In Reply to: Re: SPEED! posted by Preston on January 08, 2001 at 10:40:06:

: : Does anyone have an insight as to how to sustain a steady beat on (very)
: : up tempo tunes? Would practicing playing that way, using just a few
: : (of the same)notes, be the way to get better at it?

: : I've heard some bassists playing tempos in jazz that is nothing short of
: : amazing, especially when they keep it going for a long time.

: Classical!! Yes classical. I practice classical pieces like the
: Bach Brandenburghs specifically for speed developement. I bow them easily but
: pizz is a challenge at first. Once you've mastered the rapid runs and quick
: string cross overs even some of the fastest jazz licks can become easy.
: Tips of fingers (as Ray Brown does),at mid fingerboard, and practice to relax.
: The true test of my speed developement is on Sunday mornings for my church.
: Where I have to play fast and sustain sometimes for up to 10 minutes or more.
: Relax,relax,relax!!! Practice,practice,practice!!!

There is still nothing better than practicing with a metronome on 2+4. Also, get the Jamie Abersold Charlie Parker book/cd and practice along. The Ron Carter transcriptions on the bass part are amazing practice tools as well.

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