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Re: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc.

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Posted by paige on January 03, 19100 at 07:37:38:

In Reply to: Re: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc. posted by Carol on December 31, 1999 at 22:03:37:

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: 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.

Carol - as usual - makes a point that's worth thinking about. But on this to play or not to play with the bass drum thing.... the groove is the thing. If you listen to successful Rock Bands... Eagles, Fleetwood Mac (uh-oh, my 70's are showing!), the bass player and the drummers kick drum are mostly inseperable. But I have noticed that in Jazz and Reggae, for instance, that those disciplines seem to ask the bassist to sync up with something different.... perhaps the "holes" in the bass drum part (as Carol does) or maybe off the snare drum.... I guess there's no hard and fast rule, but perhaps the genre determines the bass player's focus. When I am on a Rock gig, I tend to lock in to the kick drum. On a Jazz tune or gig, it's more than likely a ride cymbal or the snare....
Can't argue with success, and Carol has had some of that, and I am going to think about what she said here. That's the wonderful thing about the bass - there are so many approaches, styles, etc. It's a gas!

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