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Re: More about "Playing Along"

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Posted by greg on May 24, 2000 at 09:44:48:

In Reply to: More about "Playing Along" posted by John Riley on May 23, 2000 at 21:47:47:

: Maybe I am getting to hung up on this idea.

: Any more thoughts out there?

Yes, I think you are getting to hung up on this idea. It is not hard to
become a "good" rock bass player, in terms of developing good time sense
and merely playing the root ( or R35) of the changes, but the key to becoming
a really, really smoking bass player is in understanding that you dont always
have to do the same old tired stuff that rock bass players do (i.e. staying on
the root). By playing and learning jazz, you will not only develop a better time
sense, but you will be able to come up with some pretty fantastic bass lines for
your rock playing that get away from the root based style that so many "good"
bass players have. Not knocking anyone or any style of playing here folks,
I am merely passing on some knowledge that has helped me tremendously.

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