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Re: Creating Bass Lines

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Posted by Carol on January 02, 19100 at 22:48:19:

In Reply to: Creating Bass Lines posted by TODD on January 01, 19100 at 07:18:51:

: I need some new ideas for creating new bass lines. What is the formula(if any)for creating bass lines? I play by ear and I don't know how to read music. Is it essential to read music to create bass lines even though I know scales? I am lookng forward to the answers to my questions. Thank you.

From Carol Kaye: You have to not only know what style statement-answer pattern you're going to use (blues, rock, funk, pop, latin-soul,which style?) but also the theory in back of that. Scales are of no use for this. You have to know your chordal tones and the most known chordal bass note to form your statment-answer (2-part lines) from. Major chords, you use mainly the R 5 6, some other passing notes manybe especially in the 8th bar fills like 3-4-#4 5. Minor and 7th chords, you mostly play the R 5 b7 etc., different fill lines. If you're not understanding this, then you need to get your chordal theory together. I know people who can play the heck out of scales, had 3 years worth of lessons in scales and can't play a single tune,...they have no idea what to play. You need a study in different kinds of patterns for vocabulary ideas. For jazz, it's a different animal, more extensive theory, more in-depth studies in theory, chordal scales, chordal progressions, cycle exercises, chordal substitutes, how to phrase, etc.

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