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Posted by Carol Kaye on July 10, 2000 at 02:22:31:

In Reply to: Three Questions posted by Matt Strickland on July 08, 2000 at 23:57:44:

: Okay first of all any one got some tips on how
: to make catchy bass lines. I have written
: a few using E minor arppagios. Any other ways
: to write catchy bass lines for solos.
: Second Question is I am having trouble coming up with rythm bass lines
: I think i'm thinking to much like a guitarist.
: THird question is that my bass is buzzing a lot when I play open strings
: any idea why. THanks
First of all, have your nut checked if you're only buzzing on open strings (and your strings might just be too low to start with).

Sounds like you need a good dose of bassline theory, nothing like it for other instruments and the only way you're going to get it from all the idea lines that are out there, the statement-answer types of lines. No, for major chords it's not mostly Root, 3rd 5th, it's R 5 6, and for the minor chords, it's mainly R 5 b7 (same as for 7th chords which are major chords with the b7th added). There are other notes to use yes, but you should get some studies going so you build up a good vocabular. This doesn't happen from thin air, or even on the web, you need tutors for this. Or you can waste a few years trying to gain enough knowledge from experience, but it's better to buy the books, tapes and bass video courses. Good music tutoring doesn't come free, but it's a good investment in your playing future. Rhythms? Again, they're in books, but you can start listening to the Latin instruments for ideas. Again, it's statement-answers.

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