Re: "relaxin"Chords

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Posted by Mark on December 05, 2000 at 22:18:43:

In Reply to: posted by slc on December 04, 2000 at 11:09:50:

Good questions and good answers! Figuring this out isn't that tough if you first play this transcribed line at a slower tempo. Still sounds good .If you've used the books like rufus's and Ed's than you should understand 12 bar blues with a modern nod to Be-Bop.Tommy Flanagan is both the pianist and soloist and he plays that style.

What Ed said is right,transcribing is the best way to learn your craft! However I offer a slightly different approach on already writen bass lines from books.I feel these lines from master players can add or enhance any ones playing if youreally understand them.

So you need the chords.First go back to Chapter 9 in Shers book and lookfor Key Centers and Chord Substitutions and exercise9 has many ways to play the blues;check this out.then go back and listen to the cut and remember one simple thing.the strong beats are 1 and 3 and most [I think]play chord tones on thesebeats.This helps reflect the sound of the chord of the moment and helps you and everyone else hear it.

Now if you look at Mraz's line you can see the Harmony he is reflecting. George is a wonderful example of what I call Chromatic Approach Coach.HE has Mastered many stlyes but with Tommy Flanagan he uses chromaticism both when he solo's or walks.On Relaxin the chorus's do change as Tommy's solo developes but Mraz usually uses roots.

Another great bass line in Shers book is Ron Carter's "Eye of the Hurricane".It sounds fantastic at a slower tempo.

As far as getting something from these without doing the work yourself {you know transcribe]I steal from the masters alot and most of it works no mater what the soloist or band does,as you get better as bassist you will learn to adjust more to what the group does.Meanwhile your adding to your vocabulary.But you should try to transcribe the linesyourself soyoulearn on your axe and don't get to stuck on the paper!Good Luck!!

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