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Here is something for every blues bassist, studying blues patterns and chord progressions. Examples focus on basic patterns, chord progressions, and playing with a band. Covered here are Chicago, New Orleans, Memphis, swing, gospel, zydeco, Texas, and other different styles of blues bass playing. The companion CD features all examples recorded with a professional band. Audio includes band examples with and without bass so students can hear it and play along. 25 examples included, written in bass clef and tab. 32 pages. Includes audio CD.
Studying bass patterns is an easy way to get started with blues. Laying down a solid rhythmic foundation is what blues bass is all about. Playing basic blues bass patterns is not that difficult. It takes a bit more skill to play the patterns over a chord progression. This involves moving patterns. It takes even more skill to play over a pro©gression with a band. Time, groove, and feel become additional things to focus on.
This book combines studying patterns, progressions, and playing with a band. The accompanying audio CD features all the examples recorded with a full band. Each example in this book is featured with and without bass. This way you can hear what the groove is supposed to sound like and then jam along with a professional band. The recordings play each progression two times. All the examples have the first twelve bars written out with bass clef, tablature, and chord changes. The bass plays solid the first time through each progression. The second time through the progression the bass adds color with groove variations and set up fills. Note: Bass fills have a purpose in blues. They are used to signal a chord change. These types of fills are called 'set up' fills. Use fills to direct the band.
There are many things to do with the play along CD after you have mastered each groove. I encourage stu©dents to create their own groove variations. Blues patterns can be altered in creative ways that do not destroy the groove. A good blues bassist is creative in tasteful ways. They add color while holding down the foundation. They add groove variations and fills in the right places. The best blues bassists do not over play. Listen to the examples with bass and study how and where I add color to the grooves. Then add your own ideas when playing along.
So get in the groove and have fun...