Re: Improvisation

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Posted by Ed on March 31, 2000 at 09:31:25:

In Reply to: Improvisation posted by Denny on March 30, 2000 at 17:04:36:

: It's my biggest weakness in bassplaying.....whenever my teacher opens up a section, I have no idea what to do, I have a small idea, but I don't really get it. People keep on telling me about the key and the scale, but I don't know exactly what to do with them. Can anyone help me?

And it's not something you are gonna solve with One Little Secret to Hip Ideas. It's a lifetime of work, but the good thing is you can improvise with whatever vocabulary you currently have. It's not like you have to wait to talk until you learn all the words. Check out some of the other threads on this board like CHORDAL PLAYING, etc. Cause in the long run it's not about scales it's about linking the chord changes. It's just like playing melodies, they don't just go in one direction, they aren't just scalar, they aren't just chordal. Just try to get out of the page and HEAR what's going on in yer head while the chord changes are going by, relax and try to play what you hear. One of the first exercises my teacher has almost all of his students work on is a (jazz)blues with the quarter not at 60 on the metronome. Start by walking JUST a quarter note line. When the it gets to the point that you really hear the changes coming out through your line, start by walking two choruses, then improvise 1 chorus BUT make sure that you have a ratio of 50%notes and 50% rests. So if you play a phrase that's 6 beats long, rest 6 beats. Try to vary where in the bar you not only START your phrases, but where you END them as well.
Good luck and hang in there...

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