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You are soloing all day, every day!
'I'm soloing all day, every day? What are you joking?'
No, I'm not joking. Every day, from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go tosleep at night, you are taking solos-language solos-for our purposes, English solos, the language you are reading and understanding right now. Unless you've written and memorized a script the night before, every word you say during the day is said as a result of something you happen to be, thinking or in response to something said to you. You might start a conversation by saying 'How are you?,' or you might respond to same question that is asked of you by saying 'I'm fine.' Clear question, clear answer.
You can do this because you understand every word that you say and every word that is said to you. In fact when you are speaking, you rarely think about each individual word. You don't have to any more. You know how to combine the sounds of the language into words, phrases and sentences that ape understood by people who speak the same language. If you can't find the exact word to convey what you are trying to say, you can either ask for help or go and look it up yourself. If someone says something that you don't quite understand, you can ask them to say it in different ways until you understand it perfectly. No problem. You've been taking language solos for years!
If you can think it, you can say it. If you can hear it and understand it, you can respond to it.
The building blocks that create both spoken and musical languages are very similar. Check out this list.
1. Both use the same alphabet. English uses A to Z. Music uses A to G.
2. Both can be written down and read by others.
3. Both have a basic vocabulary. English has simple words. Music has simple scales and triads-a,basic sonic vocabulary.
4. Both have expanded vocabularies that add clarity, variety and impact to what you are saying or playing. English has 'big words.' Music has exotic sounding scales and chords.
5. Both require that things be spelled a specific way to be understood. The word bass is alwaysspelled b-a-s-s. An F chord is always spelled F-A-C.
6. English has phrases. Music has melodic and rhythmic phrases.
7. English has statements. Music has the melody.
8. English has stories. Music has songs.
9. Stories have paragraphs which divide them up. Songs have sections that divide them up-the intro, letter A, letter B, coda.
10. Eng1ish has dialects. You can tell if someone is from Tennessee or New York! Music has styles.
11. Plays have scripts that you memorize. Our music has chord progressions, bass lines and solos,that you memorize. As your sonic vocabulary and your technique on the bass grow, you'll be,able to write your own scripts using every ounce of creativity you have.
Your ability to communicate clearly, effectively and creatively depends entirely upon how well you understand the language you are speaking. Our language, as musicians, is the language of music. This Book was written to help you to enhance you ability to think, speak, hear and understand the language of music on the bass.