Re: Bass Lines

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Posted by Tom Mason on July 31, 2002 at 13:20:15:

In Reply to: Bass Lines posted by dh on July 31, 2002 at 12:14:55:

On top of Mr. Klause's suggestions, I would give you the following:

1. If you need some literature, get Rufus Reid's Evolving Bass and Evolving Upward Bass
books. Althought they are heavy into upright bass technique, they do teach the theory involved in creating bass lines. In these methods, you would learn 2 beat, 4 beat, and linear bass line creation by seeing some of the more commonly used patterns and transposing them into other tonal centers. I just happened to have The Evolving Bass in front of me, and it gets into latin and octave studies as well as what you asked for.

2. The Mel Bay bass methods get into what you are asking for as well.

3. If you are strong in theory, work on I - V patterns in all keys as a 2 beat exercise, and learn the blues patterns.

Hope this helps, and I have more if you need it.

Tom Mason

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