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Re: More about "Playing Along"

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Posted by Carol Kaye on May 28, 2000 at 01:56:20:

In Reply to: Re: More about "Playing Along" posted by John on May 24, 2000 at 23:23:57:

: : The main drawback, as I see it, with playing along with yer favorite CD is that there is already a bass player who has decided what they are gonna play on that song. And transcribing somebody's line is cool, it's just that it's a different exercise to making up your own line for a tune. And no matter what kind of music you play or at what level, don't you eventually want to get to a place where you are playing stuff you came up with? You know, creative like?

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: from John:

: Sure I'd love to be able to create my own bass lines, but I have no idea how a bass line is constructed in the first place. I am a rookie. And I want to learn what other people are doing just to get a feel for how it is done. Then certainly, I hope to create my own stuff. That is the target goal. Thanks for your comments. :)
Ed, you're very correct. And I've always said that transcriptions do NOT teach you the necessary creative theory that you need to learn to create your own lines. However, there is a good practice from playing another's good lines, especially if they are creative and can show the overall balance of a good thoughtful line the entire song. The main drawback of doing transcriptions is the total LACK of the necessary (and sometimes very critically-needed) back and forth bouncing of ideas as you play live with can nver replace this totally desirable effect by playing with the records or through someone's transcribed lines. And then there's the idea "I'm playing someone's lines as I'm not capable of doing my own". It's important to get the right materials to get your own talent developed so you can enjoy your own creativity.

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