Nakasa It sat well in the mix and listeners felt it more than they heard it in some cases. Part of what makes it hard to get away with today is the fact that there is a tendency to emphasize the lower bass frequencies on the frequency spectrum sub hz. Very cool vid to listen to! But I am also obsessed with its mangled beauty and its powerful rich history. Jamerson made me without knowing at that time pick up the bass and make music throughout my life.

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This post is not meant to debate the relative merits of TAB vs. It is, however, very useful in a number of situations when you need to communicate musical ideas quickly. I started having lessons at school with a guitar teacher who played a bit of bass and straight away I was introduced to TAB — what a great system!

It tells you exactly where to place your fingers and out comes Green Day… What could be better? Eventually, I found myself arriving at music college at the age of 19 with plenty of technique but very little musical ability. Here are some strategies that helped me to get my act together — by the end of the first year, I had gone from zero reading ability to near the top of the class: Five Tips for Better Sight Reading 1. No pitch variation whatsoever, but it explores almost every rhythmic possibility from the simple to the vomit-inducing.

The only way that you can really develop this is by using a metronome when practising and not allowing yourself to go back and fix mistakes. The sad reality is that nobody really cares about the bass player, so you have to stop expecting to show up at a gig and be given pristine bass clef charts that are nicely laid out.

Opt for physical copies instead. Beginner Sight Reading Books 1. This book is focused on developing skills in reading syncopated rhythms, starting with very approachable studies and building to horrible 32nd note phrases intersected with triplets. Standing in the Shadows of Motown UK US James Jamerson was basically the first electric bass virtuoso, and these transcriptions of his lines provide a great reading workout; tons of rhythmic activity, lots of 16th-note syncopation and plenty of chromaticism.

A great source of vocabulary, too. His Finger Funk Workbooks are filled with demanding 16th-note lines, which can be a real challenge to both read and execute at tempo — studying these books is also a great way to develop your technique in a musical way. Lots of technically demading studies that contain plenty of position shifts and detailed phrase markings, which will really put your articulation skills to the test.

Horrible, but very nutritious. Practising these studies over a drone or a static chord also serves as a great ear training tool, as well as a hardcore reading and technique workout. The sheer amount of rhythmic and melodic variation in these studies makes them difficult to memorise, making them ideal for sight reading practice.





James Jamerson Bass Transcriptions, New from Aidan Hampson


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