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Posted by paige on February 09, 2000 at 07:51:25:

In Reply to: Solo Bass posted by Ben Rhodes on February 08, 2000 at 21:39:48:

: I want to become a better soloist, where should I begin?

Paige Responds:
Learn your chords... how they are built, what notes are in any given chord. Learn to do the arpeggios of each chord (that is, play all the notes in a chord one at a time). As you learn this, you will begin to find yourself prepared to put together some very nice lines on your bass.
Also... you didn't say if you read music or not... if you don't, then learn! Then start reading melody lines on your bass... you will get great ideas that way. Personally, as someone who has played for 28 years, most of my solos - at least at some point - touch on the melody at some point. I personally spend time learning the melodies of tunes on my bass. Besides... the melody is a solo that is guaranteed to work... so it can be a good place to start.

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