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Re: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc.

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Posted by Carol on December 31, 1999 at 22:03:37:

In Reply to: Re: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc. posted by j p on December 30, 1999 at 03:49:06:

: : I agree with Carol, too. Some people can teach themselves, some can't. I do wonder about some of the new method books that have the "1 finger to a fret" approach. I guess it comes from my double bass background. I don't know how great an idea it is to stretch your hand out like that. I tend to use 1,2 and 4. It keeps my hand more relaxed.

: : Knowing how to "play bass" is important. I think alot of people have technique to spare but can't put 12 good measures of blues together to save their life. I do think that scales are important. I think they give you a good understanding of theory and key, and that is important. I don't think that scales should be the end all of your learning.

: : This is a great board, lots of great discusison and ideas. It's always nice to hear other ideas and make yourself think and evaluate your playing, or teaching.

: bass player alway play with the base drum
I've always taught people to *not* play with the bass drum....that's misinformation. I've always played the "opposite" of what the bass drum was doing as contrast and to make the music groove better on the hit recordings I did, the TV shows, and the movie scores. Drummers will tell that to newbie bass players, but it's wrong, you should play an opposite thing.

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