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Posted by Steve DePra on January 20, 2000 at 08:50:54:
In Reply to: Re: bongo bass or slap style bass or no style bass whatever posted by Pete on January 19, 2000 at 21:15:58:
: Good advice if you are in a position to play only your own music.Most of us have to make a "living" covering other people's material.
: I feel the technique is a valid one same as fingerstyle,pick etc.We all need to have as many "colors" as possible on our musical pallette.
: You are right,it is not a style.
: I disagree about slap reducing one's ability to play harmonically.Obviously you haven't heard Victor Wooten.Victor is able to use the technique both harmonically as well as melodically.
: I guess it comes down to the musicianship of the individual or at least his or her's viewpoint,broad or narrow.
: I admire your courage in making a stand.
Thanks for responding Pete, One more view on the matter of style is as follows: We bass players are the driving force of musical progression ( or lack thereof ).We truly dominate. Historically the bass signifies all pop music whith distinct bass lines.Every hit or standard has a defining bass line. That understood. we must not continue to hold back musical progression by slapping and popping for another thirty years. We must break free from the chains of peer pressure as a whole, and unite by boycotting this neanderthal style .Musical styles changed dramaticaly from the 20's to the 30's to the 40's 50's and 60's and lastly the 70's. Since the first bassist ripped off Larry Graham, there has been no significant change. Why? BASS PLAYER TUNNELVISION! Steve DePra
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