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Posted by Ed on February 09, 2000 at 11:58:13:
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 gives good advice. when yer working on chords be sure to work on the inversions, not just root position. From learning melodies you will see that they are not just one thing or another, that they are a mix of arpeggiation and scalar motion. Also you don't want the only time you work on improvising melodies to be at rehearsal or on the stand, you want to develop some exercises for isolating areas to work on ie only using quarter notes, leaving as much space as you play (ie play two bars rest two bars, play 4 bars rest 4 bars etc.). talk with yer teacher about working up other exercises. Get a half speed recorder so you can learn to sing other peoples solos (especially those on other instruments)note for note with all their nuances of phrasing.
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