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Posted by Ed on December 23, 1999 at 12:43:25:

In Reply to: Jazz Bass Solo posted by Fritz Carney on December 13, 1999 at 08:50:23:

: I know there are multitudes of books available to aid musicians in the playing of jazz. I subcribe to Bass Player magazine that contains columns and practice lessons written by accomplished bassists. I'm looking for a simplified method of selecting notes to incorportate into my jazz solos. Can anyone recommend a media that expedites and suggests jazz note selections (scales, arpeggios, runs, etc.), to jazz chords? Example: Diminished, half diminished, and whole tone scales can be played against a dominant 7th chord.

Fritz, man, there is a lot more to this playing jazz stuff than picking out the right chord scales. If you're serious, start listening to a lot of it and start transcribing solos off records. Transcribe and sing them at half speed, so you can get all the nuances and phrasing. There is a videotape floating around of Bill Evans talking (and playing examples) of what he means by jazz "approximations", where you kinda just play notes that fit t6he chords, it just doesn't mean or say anything. Knowing a diminshed scale works over a V chord and "hearing" a diminished scale over a V chord are two different things.

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