Re: Jack Casady: Carol Kaye - how do I learn to play his melodic style?

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Posted by Carol on January 06, 2001 at 15:45:11:

In Reply to: Jack Casady: Carol Kaye - how do I learn to play his melodic style? posted by Mark on January 04, 2001 at 19:01:03:

Jack Casady lists me as one of his biggest influences....actually all you need are a lot of different patterns to study, getting your versatility with tons of good statement-answer types of patterns, mostly the soul stuff.....they're all in my books and some of the books have tapes to them too.

You don't have to have a "full theory" course to learn this stuff which I call "commerical" music (as opposed to the actual jazz walking and soloing which requires slightly and more intensive theory studies). You need a rounding out with many different kinds of patterns and you get the ideas that way. Not too many teachers know how to teach this stuff....when I accidently picked up the elec. bass to fill in for someone who didn't show up at Capitol Records late 1963 (had been a studio guitar for 5 years prior to that), no-one was creating those kinds of lines which I tho't should have been on the pop-rock-soul (R&B) types of recordings and so was free to play what I wanted.

But written out, they can be a little intimidating...just get the Reading Practice Video Set and that quickly gets you into reading rhythms and notes very easily and with fun too. And if you don't want to do that, get the books with the tapes, you'll get the patterns just fine. Shouldn't take more than 1 year to completely learn the bass and be able to create good stuff...takes about 1-1/2 years to 2 years for the tough jazz soloing (chordal stuff, stacked triads, chord substitutes and progressions etc., you can't learn jazz -- which was formed from chords in the late 40s and 50s -- from "scales", that's a total myth -- you have to do that from chordal studies etc.). See my website for the Playing Tips (click on that at the bottom of the opening page) which will give you a lot of good ideas's OK to print them out.

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