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Re: More about "Playing Along"

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Posted by Carol Kaye on May 29, 2000 at 01:02:02:

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

: What are your comments about simply playing along to a CD of a band/player that I enjoy?....

: I guess I am a bit frustrated just playing stuff in my practice books and want to play along with other music. The "band" that I play in only gets together a few times a month, which creates massive withdrawal symptoms. I agree that playing with others is the best way to achieve this goal.

: I was considering the Band in the Box idea, but a friend of mine recommended against it because the midi would be too cheesy and I would not be able to pick up on a "feel" that was happening with the music. It would be too "computer driven".

: The idea of playing along to an existing CD sounds interesting, but sometimes it is so hard to figure out what the bass player is doing. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate the sound between the bass player and the bass drum.

: Your suggestion about the Aebersold series on Jazz sounds interesting, but I frankly have no interest playing jazz at this early stage of my development. I ultimately want to be able to play basic rock stuff. Learn some classic rock covers, get somewhat adept to work with my "band" to write original music, etc.

: I just want to play along to some existing rock stuff to get a feel how much of the rock music is built on the bass.

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

: Any more thoughts out there?
For what I'd call "commercial patterns" (rock-funk-soul-blues-gospel-pop etc.), I'd concentrate on creating statement-answer lines. Make it a different rhythm in the answer part and slightly different (or entirely different) notes, it's up to you. And then always put a fill on the 8th bar. Remember to create a different pattern for the bridge always. Major chords, use: R 5 6 Minor chords, use: R 5 bn7, and 7th chords (dominants), use R 5 b7. There's more of course but this will get your creativeness started. Notice you don't use the 3rd much, but it's fine in the patter 3 4 #4 5 as either a fill or part of the statement-answer group patterns. Very simple rock (8th notes) like punk-rock etc. you don't need the hip statement-answer lines. Remember to hit your 5ths and 6ths and high octaves as well as going below in sounds on the bass when composing statement-answer patterns (lines). You can use as passing notes, the 2 notes below the R 5th and 6th. More on my Playing Tips page about all this.

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