Re: Scales-facts & nonsense

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Posted by Datsgor on August 30, 2000 at 19:33:55:

In Reply to: Scales-facts & nonsense posted by Pat Harrington on August 30, 2000 at 17:33:07:

: There's been a lot of discussion about scales lately on several
: web-boards as to their educational value, seems they've gotten a
: bad rap...Well, scales in and of themselves are probably not good
: things to dwell on, but they are and always be a integral part
: of music. A few months ago I got FLAMED by a well known bassist
: and some others because I made the statement "Some bassists should
: probably not be soloing" I made that comment after hearing an upright
: bassist play a technically good solo that wasn't musical..Solos
: made up primarily of scalar runs are a boring waste of time, IMHO..
: Scales are a good way to develop what I call "relative pitch", that
: is, being able to instantly recogize intervals, allowing you to
: be able to pick up chord changes very quickly..If you develop
: this "relative pitch" you'll be able to learn songs without
: even having your bass in your hands. A lot of the work I'm doing
: lately is freelance, I get $100 a gig,& many of the songs I'm not
: familiar with. Charts are not always available, so it's imperative
: to be able to cop the vibe and structure of the song very quickly,
: maybe one or two passes at the most. Scales are more of just a
: device to develop your ear, not a universal tool to compose bass
: parts or solos. My time is better spent with chord construction,
: melody, harmony, reading, and listening to as much music and
: as many players as possible. I would also advise all the bass
: players out there to learn guitar, which further develops an
: understanding of chords and harmony; it can only help..
: ALSO....Keep those ears WIDE OPEN...Don't fall victim to becoming
: a musical snob...Listen to as much as you can, all styles, everything,
: anything, horn players, keyboard players, vocalists, percussionists
: of every variety...I devour music like a pig in a corn field. The
: only way to stay active making music and getting paid is to be able
: to adapt to the changing musical landscape. Becoming proficient
: at anything is like building a house; lay down a solid foundation,
: and keep adding brick by brick, this is done in music by CONSTANTLY
: learning...When we close our ears, we stagnate, falter, and become
: intellectually lazy...

: Rock on..
: Cheers,
: Pat H


AMEN to that brother!...........late

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