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  1. That sounds like a lot of fun. I bet they went down well with the crowd!
  2. The bass line from 'The Night' by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has such a good groove. The bass line really drives from start to finish with no let-up and is pivotal to the song. If you haven’t heard ‘The Night’ then check it out then learn the bass line in my new video lesson. Some of you might find it a bit tough at the full tempo though and could struggle to keep up, so I've also drawn up a simplified version which I'll show you in the video alongside the actual bass line. This simplified version still sounds great when you play it with the song. You can pick up the full transcription and simplified version on PDF under the YouTube video. Have fun, this will get your fingers moving!
  3. Great, cheers for these, a couple I haven’t yet listened too 👍
  4. Good call! He’s another one of my real favourites!
  5. Good call. I saw Govt Mule a few years ago in London and loved it! What a solid bass player!
  6. Can’t believe Jack Bruce isn’t on the list so far. He’s definitely my biggest influence.
  7. Say you are playing a Jazz Blues in Bb, you could change the Bb7 in bar 4 to | F-7 Bb7 | for example as that would be a 2-5 leading to 1 (Eb7) in bar 5. The rest of the rhythm section wouldn’t necessarily have to play these changes as your new walking line would still work under Bb7. There are loads of substitutions that you can use. Hope this helps?
  8. …and not tune up before you play just for added ‘favour’. There won’t be anyone watching anyway!
  9. Nice idea. I get that it’s important to get some meaningful results quite quickly. I am currently planning the backing tracks with a Jazz drummer and guitarist. Like my Blues course, I think it’s important to have good quality backing tracks for enjoyment and to get as near as possible to playing with a live band.
  10. Thanks Caroline. I used one of Ed Friedland’s Jazz books years ago and really liked it. He’s really great for Jazz teaching. Good idea to reference one of his book. Sounds like you’ve got yourself up and running with Jazz. So when you mentioned working on your sound, do you mean on the electric or upright or both?
  11. you’re not wrong there. Static chords for two are more bars are harder to play interesting walking lines on. You might do this already, but you can add extra 2-5-1’s into these bars to give you more to play over. your feedback is really useful as it helps to ensures I include things that beginners jazzers need. I might need a volunteer or two to have free access to the course and give me feedback. That’s when I start making it towards the end of this year.
  12. Thanks @nilebodgers your detailed reply is very useful. it reiterates what I find when teaching Jazz to my students. Firstly it sounds like you are working on exactly what you need to. Persist with those three areas and you’ll find that your lines start to sound less like exercises. Bear in mind that your lines might sound contrived to you currently, but if you mix in chord tones and chromatic and sometimes start bars on notes other than the root, you might be surprised to hear how good they sound if you were playing with other musicians and not a backing track. Secondly, finding musicians your level can be a challenge but you might find a pianist or guitarist at the same level who is happy to jam some standards. I agree that transcribing sone of the great’s bass lines can just be too difficult initially. I’m still astounded by the variation that different players got over a simply Blues on these classic bass lines. I definitely intend to pull out some of these lines and ideas and use them in the course. Thanks again and good luck with your Jazz journey.
  13. Hey everyone. I’m currently planning a Greg’s Bass Shed video course to help electric bass players to start playing Jazz. I’m going to focus on the theory side of things including how to build walking bass lines using chord tones/arpeggios, understanding the main song forms and what who to listen to. It would be great to hear from any of you beginner Jazz players or any of you who are interested in starting to play Jazz. What are you biggest challenges or hurdles when it comes to playing Jazz?
  14. I’ve now added a Rocco Prestia page with five of his Tower Of Power riffs. https://gregsbassshed.com/6-five-francis-rocco-prestia-bass-line-covers
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