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Walking bass line concepts

Started by Curtis Wicks. Last reply by Lea Ball Sep 7, 2008. 5 Replies

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Comment by Richard Berryman on August 17, 2008 at 7:18pm
Greetings to all my fellow low-enders and low end lovers! Brand new here and just saying hello, to Jai, I have 5's, and a 7 as well, thanks for hosting this site! Peace and pocket.
Comment by Lea Ball on August 13, 2008 at 10:24pm
Here's something that seems not to have had much currency in the past 40 years or so (although it seems to be coming back).

Why is it that since Paul Chambers died (until fairly recently), bassists who've had the training to be able to do it effectively have refrained from doing bowed solos? Never mind that I do it frequently with sometimes mixed results, I don't hear many recordings where it's done. Part of it's because of the adoption of pickups and amplifiers (which make garbage out of the bowed sound), but in small to medium-sized rooms with the right drummers, the amp can be handily dispensed with when the bass is properly set up to allow it. It does need a higher action than a lot of players use (although Scott LaFaro recorded at least one rather impressive bowed solo, and his strings were practically on the fingerboard of his Prescott).

Of course, to do it right, you need to have something to say musically, and you have to be able to make whatever you do swing. It's a risk, but great music has never ensued from avoiding risks!
Comment by Reggie Carson on August 4, 2008 at 9:43pm
It's TIME for us to stop playing bass notes and start CRAFTING bass lines.
Comment by Robin James on August 3, 2008 at 4:39pm
My favorite quote is from James Brown, and I believe it's relevant to 'any' genre of music.
He said, "If the Bass & Drums ain't happenin', we may as well all go home."
Amen, Brother . . .
Comment by John Chacara on August 1, 2008 at 7:37pm
hey ya'll tks for allow me to be part of this wonderful nation!!!! bassnation!!!!!! the way....asking for 5 strings player??? ax got six!!!
Comment by Fred Randolph on July 29, 2008 at 2:05pm
Alright you guys...who dropped a beat?
Comment by Christian Fabian on July 25, 2008 at 11:01pm
Hi low notes lovers !

glad to be here...let's go and start a topic. How about travelling with your axe. Tips and pointers ? !!! I'm the proud owner of the David Gage Czeck Ease travel bass, conceived by NY bass player Ira Coleman. Since using that I had hardly any problems and rarley get charged overweight or size. Love my main bass though, How do you travel ?
Comment by Tommie Lee McKenzie on June 13, 2008 at 10:56am
Hey, You Guys!
Keep your eyes on your axe!
Mine was recently (Dec.4) stolen from in front of a cathedral in Paris.
She's not an old or expensive insrument (a 1948 Kay plywood, that a friend had in his living room because he liked the vibe of having an upright in the corner).
But she's my Baby and I miss her. She sings like an angel on stage and in the studio.
I'm still in shock.
I'll find her one day. And I hate to think about what I might do to the thief, after I stop crying.
Tommie Lee McKenzie
Comment by Da'Mone McCollum on April 2, 2008 at 12:30pm
I love this!

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