By Gary Willis
Able to take your enjoying to the following point? well known bassist Gary Willis provides worthy how-to perception that bassists of all kinds and degrees can reap the benefits of. The textual content, images, song, diagrams and accompanying 64-track CD offer a very good, easy-to-use source for a number of themes, together with: ideas, improvising and soloing, apparatus, practising, ear education, functionality, conception, and masses extra.
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The obvious thing to avoid is too much activity or intensity too soon. You'll lose the sense that the solo is going anywhere. If you have some chops or you want to include some playing in the upper register, save that for later in the solo where it's usually more effective. The shape or contour of a solo is basically accomplished with contrast. Contrast slow with fast, low with high, short ideas with long ideas, simple rhythms with complex, syncopated rhythms, basic harmony with more upper structure, tension-oriented harmony.
Listen to this bar of some fast 16th notes from an organ solo. Here's the first note: 8va -- .............. - ...................... ----------------- ......... __ __ _______ -, • ~ • r .... ~· w • If you learn to stop the machine accurately, it's easier to pick out the first three notes. • Then target the next two. • Then the next two. Add two more. • Then the last two. • Here's the whole thing again. Here are the notes. 8va --------------------------------------------------------------, • 1#- - ~ .
Think of it as the needle on a tuner that's searching for the right pitch. The pivot is accomplished by controlling the movement of each finger from the knuckle joint at your hand. The tip of your finger will "roll" parallel to the string and cause the note to go sharp or flat. This may not come naturally at first, so make sure that you're not moving your whole hand to get this to work. Eventually you should be able to control the pivot for each finger independently. Even if you do get your finger in exactly the right spot, a fretless note needs to have a little movement in order to retain its musical character.
101 Bass Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use by Gary Willis