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Bass Lines With Jaime Vazquez: Slide It!

Meet Jaime Vazquez

Hi bass fans! In this issue, we’ re going to work for a legato sound using the slide technique instead of the hammer-on and pull-off technique.

What is a slide? If you search the definition you will find “a sliding change from one note to another.” How can you play the slide technique? It’s pretty easy! Pluck any note in your bass, and then simply slide to the next note to sound it. This technique will give you a smooth connection between the notes. It works great for slapping and fretless bass playing… Highly recommended! The slide technique is a great tool to employ when you need to change position.

Let’s see some examples:

Figure 1: Here’s a bass line using the upwards slide motion. Hear how the slide smooths this bass riff.

Figure 2: Here’s a bass line using the downwards slide motion. I like the way it sounds; it gives a very cool personality to this bass line!

Figure 3: Here we have a combination of upwards and downwards. Take care with the 8th note rests.

Figure 4: A bass line for slappin’ lovers. Look how the slide technique smooths this groove for a cool legato sound.

Figure 5: Here’s a good example for sliding your tapping bass lines. Tap the slide the notes with your right hand.

The slide technique is a very useful tool for bass playing! Feel free to experiment with your bass lines and grooves. It works all for styles.

Enjoy the slide!

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime David Vazquez

    May 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hello Everybody!!!

    Enjoy this lesson!!! 😉

    Keep on GROOVIN’!!!!

  2. BISCUIT

    May 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Cool suff brother… Keep it coming eh!, All the best, from ya BISCUIT

  3. Joselyn Colon

    May 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Wao the truth is that it is amazing all the things you can do with an instrument such as bass. Thanks James for always being there to teach as good techniques.

  4. Rodam

    May 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    YEAHH!!!!! Cool Bro’

  5. Christian Stewart

    May 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I’m getting better already with the legatos! Thank you!!

  6. Alex Grandchild

    May 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I really enjoy this lesson, Cool stuff, Keep on groovin’!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Alcides Muniz

    May 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Very useful lessons, even for guitar players.

  8. Arquelio Ramos

    May 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Excellent work, continuing in that way. success in your next project.

  9. Ferdinand Lopez

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Man! keep the good stuff going! your a super talented guy, and very important over all…. humilde! you know, exito n rock & roll!!!

  10. Bansh

    May 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Muy completa la leccion. Nice moves que mantienes ese gustito melodico para mantener el sonido grande. Me gusto… Jmmm voy a anotar par de cositas por aqui…

  11. Issam Pereira

    May 13, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Nice Lesson Jaime. Keep up the good work.

    Madscientist

  12. Juan Antonio

    May 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

    well even though im a guitar player, i like looking at other instruments and theyre techniques for inspiration, and this seems like a perfect example of something i could apply on the guitar, thanks, keep on groovin master jaime

  13. Mauro Rivera

    May 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Interesting class dude! awesome work! keep it up!

  14. Rene

    May 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Excellent stuff Jaime!

  15. Norbert

    May 14, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Nice stuff bro. Gott’a love this technic. God bless
    bro.

  16. alessandra

    May 14, 2010 at 3:17 am

    ¡muy original, felicítate! ¡Te deseo un luminoso éxito!

  17. Yohuswald

    May 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Jaime Saludos!!!! Me da mucho gusto ver el exito q

  18. Yohuswald

    May 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Jaime Saludos!!!! Me da mucho gusto lo que has logrado y se que vas a tener mucho fruto… sigue hacia delante especialmente con tu humildad nunca la cambies Me entiendes o no me entiendes? Exito!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ

    May 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    JAIMEE!!!!! MANO TREMENDO!! EN EL ULTIMO COMENT QUE TE DEJE PUSE QUE ERA UN PLACER TOCAR CONTIGO Y QUE ESPERABA QUE SE REPITIERA…PARA BIEN…. TOCAMOS ESTE SABADO JAJA SALUDOS MR.HUMILDAD(TIO JAIME) JAJ EXITO

  20. Ivdia

    May 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Saludos Jaime! muy buena la columna, felicidades! : )

  21. Aivan Martinez

    May 15, 2010 at 4:27 am

    super bno tu trabajo bro!!!! al igual q la columna definitivamente uno de los mejores (locales) se aprecia el buen trabajo por eso nos agrada verte tocar!!!! exito bro!!!!

  22. Wayne Renardson

    May 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    It would be nice if you included audio samples of the various lines included in lessons. Hearing Mr. Jaime Vazquez play the carious slides would add another dimension that would be both valuable and appreciated.

  23. Melvin

    May 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Success, my friend, are the best. Here Melvin Filobiosis

  24. Fernando Ufret

    May 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

    JAIME!!!!!
    FELICIDADES EN TUS PROJECTS, BRO!

    TENEMOS QUE INVENTAR ALGO!!!
    UN ABRAZO, BRO!

  25. Emanuel

    May 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Papax, felicidades, eso esta chevere, Buena columna, Keep On Going… Blessings!

  26. Gaby Mendoza

    May 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hey man long time no see, im glad to se you doing so rad stuff, this guy knows what hes doing, so people Pay attention!!!!!!

  27. Ruben Rodriguez

    May 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Saludos Jaime, muy bien hecho!

    Que siga la rumba!

  28. KAR MUNET

    May 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    GRACIAS POR INVITARME A TU PAGINA.TE FELICITO.KAR

  29. Lester Perez

    May 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    FELICIDADES JAIME!! Exelente leccion,te deseo el mejor de los exitos ADELANTE!!!!

  30. Jose Iky Muniz

    May 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Hey keep with the nice work man! these are great.
    thank you!

  31. Gerardo

    June 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’m tracking and taking notes. Thanks!

  32. Ricardo Cabrera

    July 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Saludos Jaime:
    ra
    Tremendo trabajo y tremendo talento. No esperaba menos de ti. No soy bajista pero se reconocer uno cuando lo veo. Exito en tu gestion musical y profesional.. Un abrazo

    Cabrera

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