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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. Another interesting one I came across this week... Happy by Pharrell Williams. F minor seems to work even though the chords are all F dominants.. bluesy minor/major 3rd thing happening, and playing F minor pentatonic over it sounds good. Then the chorus chords Dbmaj7, Cm7, F7 relative to Ab maj would be IV, IIIm7, VI7 Would you agree with that or is there another / better way to think about this tune?
  10. Can anyone recommend where to get a good chart for this tune please?
  11. Hi Richard, good for you for keeping at it, hopefully you'll have it up to speed soon. I've heard a few people talking about this tune and would like to give it a try - wondered where you got the sheet music please? Another one I saw people talking about on this forum was Blondie's Rapture, I tried it out and wrote a chart for this a few days ago so will post below in case you'd like to trade. Many thanks. Rapture.pdf
  12. Just to update, he's saying "it's F# moron" not Maloney 😂 Knew about Hey Jude at 2:58 but I'll need to listen to Louie Louie, which part of the tune is it?
  13. Good point on Get Lucky - noted that the chord is E instead of E7. I think I've got another good one here.. this morning I was learning Etta James' I Just Want To Make Love To You. Between 30-40 seconds you can hear someone telling someone they're playing the wrong note twice, first time kind of discretely and the second time he sounds unhappy! Sounds like he's saying "it's F-sharp Maloney", this is over the Bb7, Eb7 chords. I can't hear which one is the wrong note though! So here's a pop quiz for anyone who feels like it... Who's Maloney and on which transposing instrument does F# make sense? It sounds to me like in the first round these melody notes are getting played in concert pitch: Bb C Db, F G Ab then the second time round it's changed after getting told off.. sounds like the first note drops a minor third to G C Db, F G Ab. It's an old recording so there could have been a pitch change to factor in. I can't see anything about this on google but it's really funny when you hear it, it's really noticeable in the mix!
  14. Wow - thanks very much for sending this on, what a list!! Am I understanding right that you mean he puts the bottom 4 strings of a 5 string set on a 4 string bass? So they're fatter strings.. why would that make a higher string tension though? Or is it just a tuning thing, to get thicker strings up to standard tuning they need tightened more? I've only got one bass and one set of strings.. so far
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