Posted by Ed on November 28, 2000 at 13:08:14:
In Reply to: walking basslines posted by Dan on November 27, 2000 at 18:43:06:
Well, first of all, good on you for wanting to expand your approach. I wish it was just a matter of reading stuff in a book though.
To me that approach is kinda like trying to have a conversation in a foreign language by looking in a restaurant phrase book, if you are limited to the phrases you know, you won't be able to follow the directions the conversation may take:
Leung (in Cantonese) - Man, that joint serves good chicken.
You (also in Cantonese) - Yes, the soup is good.
Leung - I'm hip. Hey, they do pretty good business, we should try to get a gig there!
You - The soup is good, but very hot.
Leung - So no to the gig then?
Getting a buncha different lines from a book will enlarge your vocabulary, but it won't give you a very deep understanding of what's going on in terms of relating the progression to what the soloist is actually playing and what that solo line is implying to the pianist/guitarist all of which should be suggesting stuff to your ears.
None of which will be making much sense if all you are doing is regurgitating lines you learned from a book.
In my opinion, you would be better served by getting the sound of the harmonic progression in your ears and working on a couple of different exercise to try to start hearing lines against that progression in your head and then out on your instrument.
I have posted a lesson at activebass.com (under LESSONS and titled EXERCISE FOR IMPROVISING OVER A BLUES). There are several other lessons dealing with walking lines, blues progressions etc.
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