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  1. I'm tempted to start buying up youtube ads so this statement gets displayed before every bass video. Fine, we play a symmetrically-tuned instrument, so we have an certain visual advantage over other instruments when it comes to learning a pattern and then transposing it to other keys, but the majority of players never spend the time working out what the shapes actually represent and why they work. There's also the tendency to think (and play) as if the scale/mode/arpeggio starts and ends where the box does. Modes are, in my humble opinion, one of the most frequent causes of confusion because they're often badly taught and introduced to students at the wrong point in their development. If someone hasn't done their homework on intervals and basic triads before moving on to 7th chord harmony then odds are they won't have a clue about #11s and natural 13s.
  2. Not wanting to open up a can of worms, but I would query this - I'm sure that's the narrative that Pino maintains in interviews, but I'm pretty certain that he took some lessons with Joe Hubbard back in the day.
  3. This is great, thank you for sharing! I transcribed this a while ago and always struggle to play the damn thing cleanly at tempo so these are a huge help. (if you have access to any other stems from Off The Wall for bass or any other instrument I'd be very keen to hear them...)
  4. Samson C Control, lightly used with some scratches on the top, otherwise vgc. Haven't used it in years and couldn't find the original supply so have replaced with a new 18V adaptor. Full details and specs here: Samson C Control (Control Room Matrix) Ebay price seems to be around the £70, I'm asking £50 posted. Samson S-Mix, good condition. Very useful for getting lots of inputs into one amp - I used it for teaching in schools as it meant I could run two basses and backing tracks through the same amp. Has 2x jack input, xlr input and 2 track phono input. Comes with euro power supply £20 posted.
  5. I really struggle once it gets to two or more notes in spite of having worked on the one note exercises on and off for years. Legend has is that Mike Stern (probably Banacos' most famous long-term student) could do 10 notes; there's a story about him at a Miles Davis rehearsal when Marcus Miller was playing 10-note cluster voicings at the piano and Stern was naming all the pitches by ear... Miles promptly took away all his charts!
  6. Part of the problem is that the session 'scene' as it was in the golden era of the 70s/80s has all but died out, many studios have closed and it's possible to make a decent(ish) quality recording from home and/or program in the bass part using plugins. Not that is always the case, but it's definitely a factor in why we're not seeing a similar wave of younger studio players coming through.
  7. As @Doddy and others have said, that's a good thing; you can't get around the bass properly with only one left hand fingering system. Not wanting to dismiss advice that others have given, but I feel the need to pipe up... I used to waste hours playing through left hand permutation exercises as a warm up and they didn't really get me anywhere; I made it most of the way through the Bass Fitness book and thought that meant that I could really play. The problem with the 1234 finger exercises and variations thereof are that they aren't remotely musical, so why waste time playing patterns that don't ever come up in music that you're trying to learn? Practice technique by playing music; if you struggle with a bass part, make that bass part your exercise. Work out the best left hand fingering and play the part really slowly (at least 50% of your goal speed, if not slower), focusing on making every note as clear as possible. Speed doesn't come from picking a random combination of fingers and cranking the metronome up until you start to develop tendonitis. Speed comes from accuracy and efficiency, which get programmed into your fingers by lots of repetitions at very slow tempos.
  8. 4x4gb bought from crucial.com, pretty sure this is the max RAM for this era of iMac.
  9. I'm having a clear out and realise that I can't justify a laptop and a desktop, so this is up for sale: Mid-2010 iMac 21.5 inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor running OS Sierra 10.12.6 (hard drive has been wiped and had a fresh install of Sierra) I've had this upgraded to 16GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM and replaced the original hard drive with Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB SSD Brand new third party wireless keyboard and mouse as the originals weren't fit for sale. VGC overall with some scratches around the connection ports at the rear. Honesty policy: It's been running Logic X and other software without any problems but is somewhat slow when rendering 4K video in Final Cut. Would prefer collection from Egham (TW20 8HA) but can also do a socially distanced deposit within a sensible distance. I still have all the original packaging and can organise a courier at buyer's expense. expense.
  10. My vote for Get Lucky is B Dorian (although I hear the E chord as being a straight major, rather than dominant) rather than B minor. I think of it as being in A, but starting on the ii chord, but on gigs people always seem to call the key as the starting note to avoid confusion. If you try soloing over it, then G# sounds a lot more pleasant than G natural...
  11. One of many things that I've stolen from the great saxophonist Bob Reynolds:
  12. Full confession: I don't really play much fretless, but I do play upright, which suffers from the same problem of not having any frets... The way that I work on intonation is to use a drone; you can use Garageband or similar and find a synth sound that's as close to a plain sine wave as possible. Make a loop of a sustained pitch and make that note your key centre, then work on playing the major scale in that key really slowly (minims/half notes at 40bpm is a good place to begin) and you'll begin to hear when each degree of the scale is in tune relative to the drone. Some notes of the scale (root, 4th, 5th, octave) will be easier to gauge than others. Lather, rinse, repeat. Another key feature of fretless bass is vibrato - I learned a lot by slowing down recordings of Jaco (other fretless players are available) and really honing in on what his vibrato sounds like at 50% speed before bringing the tempo up.
  13. A C chord would have sounded rather odd with the riff. As we're in the key of D major, there wouldn't normally be a C major chord; you might expect to see A major, as that's the only other possible major chord that can be built from the D major scale.
  14. Things become a bit clearer (well, hopefully) if you 'add together' the harmony from the bass and the guitar at each point in the progression: D major with a D in the bass is pretty obvious. G major with D in the bass (the A and B notes fit nicely with the G chord as they're the major 2nd and major 3rd, giving a sort of major pentatonic flavour) = G/D, a G major chord in 2nd inversion. E minor with D in the bass (the A and B work because they're the 4th and 5th of the E minor chord, totally allowable notes to play) = Em/D, and Em7 chord in 3rd inversion. Everything here is still very much inside the home key of D major - the last chord gives some interesting intervals but our ears accept it because of the nice resolution when the progession moves back to D major. This trick of static bass notes under changing chords crops up all over the place, off the top of my head Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train', Free 'Alright Now', Van Halen 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' and AC/DC 'Highway To Hell' all contain examples of this.
  15. The Jackson Five Christmas Album is a great source of basslines, here's one of my favourites (I think it's Wilton Felder, but I can't seem to verify it): Transcription here: Jackson Five - 'Up On The House Top'
  16. Personally I'd avoid it for as long as possible 😂 As far as American Boy goes, the prospect of thinking of it in E minor but with a Imaj7 chord makes me very twitchy indeed, interested to hear an explanation!
  17. This is one of my favourite uses for a pick - I went through a long period of stubbornly playing 'Car Wash' with a pick on gigs and always felt it worked better than slapping. Go after the sound in your head and everything will work out. If we pay too much attention to the whims of the masses then we all end up playing relic'd p-basses strung with flats and everything becomes very dull indeed.
  18. The song method gets banded about a lot, but I don't think it's the best way of thinking about common interval sounds... @stewblack from seeing your progress with transcription I know you have a decent sense of pitch, so it's my suspicion that you probably have much more vocal ability than you give yourself credit for. A possibly painful suggestion - record yourself matching pitches on your bass (piano works well, too) and see if you're in the right ballpark. Being a good singer isn't really necessary, it's about being able to hum/sing/grunt at the right pitch.
  19. I think the most important thing is to be able to hear the intervals internally and recognise the sound - singing is the best way to verify that, because if you can't hear an interval or a phrase in your head then it's very difficult to sing it with any accuracy. If you can't match pitch with your voice then that's a very unhelpful observation... My preferred methods of ear-based torture are apps like Functional Ear Trainer and Chet, both of which turn ear training into a game and exploit your brain's attraction to novelty and reward. If you happen to be competitive (even just with yourself) then these are excellent ways to train your ears without realising it.
  20. I have a set of shure 535 in-ears and it sounds like some of the drivers have gone in the left ear. Has anyone had a similar fault repaired, and was it worth it or should I just buy a new set? Shure seem to want £50 before they've even looked at the fault so I thought I'd try the BC hive mind first.
  21. The outcome for any of the approaches depends entirely on the musicality of the player. As others have already said in this thread, everything that we're discussing involves putting labels on things to explain why certain sounds are 'correct' and others aren't. Having lots of different 'harmonic perspectives' (for lack of a better term) doesn't necessarily mean that you'll fair any better at improvising than someone who just knows that they should play mode X over chord Y. What matters is the end result; the music. There are tons of great players who don't know much theory, and lots of terrible players who know a lot. Off topic, but I think that a chord scale/mode approach to improvising (both basslines and solos) leads me to play much less musically than focusing on chord tones (again, a different view of the same notes). Horses for courses, but I think it's worth pointing out for people who are investing lots of time slogging away with modes and not getting the results that they want.
  22. What I should have said is that since those modes are all derived from the same parent scale then if you play them over a static Dm7 chord then you're still just spelling out the same intervals relative to the Dm7 chord. It doesn't matter if you're thinking of it as C ionian, D dorian, G mixolydian or any other mode of C major; the listener will still hear you outlining a D minor chord with a natural 9 and a major 6. As I said before, I agree that thinking about the scale from different perspectives will lead you to play different phrases and emphasise certain pitches over others and lots of famous players (Gary Willis, Evan Marien, Anthony Jackson and many others) openly admit that they 'convert' chord harmony to fit their preferred scale choices; most of us do this habitually when we default to playing the minor pentatonic scale over a major chord. The point is that you're still using the same pool of notes, so the overall sound won't vary that much... I also don't think that this line of thinking is particularly helpful in the early stages of learning modes and improvising. Anyway, apologies @stewblack for derailing the thread.
  23. I should really rename this series 'Groove of the Year', but I've finally got another one of these together. A great synth bass groove from Don Blackman that provides a wonderful excuse for me to break out some pedals and a fretless... Full breakdown with transcription here: Groove of the Week #56: Don Blackman - 'Yabba Dabba Doo'
  24. It's hard to separate players who are not to my taste from those who hold a higher standing than their playing deserves, but... The only ones who spring to mind are Steve Bailey and Cody Wright. Not sure how the former got to be chair of the bass dept at Berklee, while the latter seems to be the poor man's Bobby Vega.
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