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Re: walking lines--what approach?

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Posted by xarberry on April 11, 2001 at 21:51:01:

In Reply to: Re: walking lines--what approach? posted by Rich Laird on April 06, 2001 at 11:47:20:

If you feel like you're "plodding", perhaps you could work on playing on top of the beat and experiment with exactly where (within the beat) you like to play. Your drummer's right hand will have a lot to do with it. Maybe you could try to incorporate melody-quotes, triplets, and other fills into your lines, if you don't already. Perhaps also pay extra attention to strong beats and weak beats... 2 and 4 are different than 1 and 3... chord tones are more appropriate than scale tones in some places; the opposite is true in others. Your ears will tell you a lot. :)

As the other repliers said, basically, there are many ways to play a walking bass line. Once the time is there, follow that soloist where ever she or he goes...just remember... ALWAYS know where you are! AABA tunes Especially can drive even very seasoned players nutz! Yes, do outline the chords for the soloist, especially if it's a tricky tune/form....but if the energy begins to build and a soloist is wailing, certainly push & build beneath him or her, get louder, a little busier, change to a higher register, and ACCOMPANY as well as your logic and technical skills will let you! I could go on and on... email me if you need more ranting... :)

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