Beatles: Creating lines on bass

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Posted by Brock on May 03, 2000 at 08:52:05:

Hey all...

I must say..i'm finding a great way to find basslines...
I've been tooling around with the beatles...(which is strange, because i used to say i didn't like them, when truth was i've never really listened to them) anyway,i've found that there are some cool ideas you could get from just playing the melody lines of either Lennon singing or the actual guitar. One time I heard a version of Blackbird that Jaco did, and after hearing it I wanted to find the song to burn on a cd. Well i haven't been able to find it, so i decided to transcribe the actual 6 string to 4 string bass....let me tell you its pretty interesting since its mostly messing around with chord forms on 4 string. I know this is going to open some new doors for me, and i think i'll come up with my own version of blackbird that combines the chordal part and the melody of the vocals together. Hmmmmm...
I guess this is going to be something i'm going to do for a while, not only with the beatles, but any music where there is a good melody...and it doesn't even have to be extremely complex because you can always improvise and add to it to make it sound better and more interesting to your liking...
Let me know your thoughts..i'd like to hear from you all

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