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  1. Hi everyone, I'm doing a project on vocalising rhythms as a way to improve time feel. For example, Konnakol in South Indian Carnatic music. I'm looking for ways to apply vocal systems like this to western music - jazz, pop etc, to improve time feel and strengthen rhythmic facility. Part of the project is a series of lessons with Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss, who have both partly worked on rhythm by vocalising away from the drums. I'm interested to hear from the general community, what things have worked well for you to improve on rhythm and time? If working with a metronome, did you find specific ways to use it to strengthen your time feel when there's no metronome? And is there any vocalising involved when you practice with your instrument? Keen to hear about everything from singing, clapping, dancing etc.. anything that you feel has led to improvements. Thanks, Caroline
  2. Turns out my 5 string bass is quite heavy for doing multiple 1 hour sets! Am looking for strap options for ways to efficiently balance the weight, have seen some harnesses online.. tempting if they work, they look a bit naff though! Has anyone found any good solutions please? Caroline
  3. Electric sound. I'm new to bass but studied jazz drums so have a bit of a head start. I think beat placement is important but also getting a good sound. Been trying to get a nice swingy sound with thinking about how to play the notes, note length, tone etc but it's not there yet. Cheers, Caroline
  4. I got Ed Friedland's Walking Bass Lines book and found that really fantastic to get started, so would recommend any similar topics covered in that book for beginners Greg. I've been playing bass for just over 2 years now, and the concepts covered in the book gave enough of an outline which allowed me to start doing the odd jazz gig on electric bass, and playing with a jazz orchestra weekly. I plan to just stick to working on those walking fundamentals for quite a while, then maybe get into transcribing a bit more in future to work out some better ways of playing things. For now, that method is plenty to be working with, and I'm not too fussed about soloing just yet - I'll get to that later, and don't mind blagging solos with barely any vocabulary for now. Sound is also something I need to work on, that's a bit of a hurdle and might be good to talk about. Thanks, Caroline
  5. I've only been playing bass for less than 2 years, and could read music from playing piano and timpani (which is also bass clef). So from the beginning on bass I've been reading and writing music in the form of chord charts or fully written transcriptions. I think that has helped speed up the learning process a lot as a beginner, as knowing what the notes should be gives more freedom to work on the playing side of things. There are a couple of limitations so far - my memory for pop music needs work so I try to not read in this context, to get the ear/memory side of my brain working.. this is definitely lagging behind my ability to just read through a tune. I joined a big band taking over from a bassist who did the gig for over 20 years but would only read notation, so he has written in notation over chords and improvised sections, and in charts written for the band there are often no chords because he preferred only the dots. Which has been a roast! Ideally I wouldn't want to become reliant on reading to that extent, it'd be good in the long term to be able to read notation when it's there, walk or improvise over chords when those are there, and in other styles of music just work on playing from ear and memory.. there's room for everything. Caroline
  6. Ha yeah I'm mainly a drummer, busted.. anyone want to jam?? Totally understand about the lockdown bass thing.. I grew up playing drums with people, so not being able to gig and play with people over this last year has been a bit dry, whereas I'm having a lot of fun learning bass and playing along with records. Caroline
  7. Reggaebass this has been my biggest music theory struggle with reggae so far, at 1.15 in Is This Love on 'I wanna KNOW' Aston Barrett plays a minor 7th bass note over the major 7th melody.. and keeps doing it!! It sounds a bit weird but he somehow totally pulls it off... swag!
  8. Thanks for the straight wrist advice. Been trying it out a bit today, can see the benefits from a physical point of view, probably isn't good to have the wrist bent all the time. It changes the angle I pluck the strings at a bit, like was mentioned.. I'll look into this a bit more
  9. Nice SaimoN. I noticed your right wrist is quite straight when you play, is that intentional? Just curious if there's a technical reason to keep the wrist straight instead of curved over the bass. I've been practicing walking bass lines from Ed Friedland's book and uploaded this to instagram today - playing along with Impressions by John Coltrane. Full disclosure, I slowed the track down as haven't got it up to tempo yet! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNctxdHl6a-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Caroline
  10. I'm trying to analyse 'exceptions' a bit more, like if there are chords that don't fit in the key I'm trying to not just skim over but see if I can explain them as secondary dominants, modal interchange etc. Also working on hearing secondary dominants better within the original key. Am hoping that by doing this I'll start to join some dots.. being interested in it is making me study more tunes, so I wouldn't say it's holding me back. Caroline
  11. Nice to hear these side by side Obra - they both sound nice, the green one sounds a touch brighter to me. I did a cover of Maroon 5's This Love this morning, it's the first one on my new 5 string and it goes right down to the low B. I'm on the lookout for some other tunes that make use of the lower 5th string so please let me know if you have any good suggestions. It's on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMChS1EFLH6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Caroline
  12. Here it is. Put lighter strings on it and got help yesterday to set it up to make it easier to play, as the action was really high. There are two battery compartments to use it as an active bass, I'll pick up some batteries today for this. I'm happy to see it also works in passive mode. Sounds good so far, still figuring out what all the knobs do. It came with a gig bag but no instruction manual, and the ones on the Fender website look like older models, so am a bit unsure about some of the basics. Playing-wise, it's very nice although I think it'll take me a while to get used to having the 5th string there as even the most basics tunes are taking some thought, but I'm enjoying playing it so far. Thanks again for all the help. One option which might be nice to try in future, if I've joined a cover band and have more of an idea of requirements, could be putting a higher string on it instead EADGC and using a drop D-tuner.
  13. Thank you all for your helpful input. I've taken these comments on board and have been considering the various options - and I'm not quite sure how this has happened but I've just found myself ordering a 5-string fender deluxe active jazz bass with next day delivery from GAK 😃 have to say, it looks very cool!
  14. Hi everyone, I've been learning a lot of classic pop songs over lockdown and am hoping to join a cover band when gigs resume. But some of these tunes require a lower string - Uptown Funk, Get Lucky etc. And a few of them go down to low Eb like Beat It, and sound less fat to do up an octave. So I started thinking about maybe getting a 5-string Jazz bass. I know some of these tunes like Beat It can be done by de-tuning - and apparently there's a drop-D tool that exists so you can do that quickly on a gig. Although then the intervals on the fretboard will be confusing. I play a 4-string P-bass which I really like, and with a 5-string would just have to mute the low string 99% of the time. So I was thinking about getting an octave pedal, and playing these tunes up an octave then dropping the sound with the octave pedal. I've tried a BOSS OC-3 which sounded nice. For people who play in cover bands - how do you approach this, and can you suggest any decent octave pedals to play these tunes on 4-string please? Thanks, Caroline
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