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Bass Lines With Jaime Vazquez: Groove Variations Part I (One Chord Vamp)

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Meet Jaime Vazquez –

Hello Everyone! We’re finally at the end of the year 2010! Thanks for all your support to BMM! We’re here for you!

We all know that repetition is a great tool and a standard for grooving. But hey! We can make some cool variations to our grooves without losing the idea and the essence of the rhythm section.

For this month, we will focus on something very common on great bass lines called the one chord vamp. You will find this on many classic songs. The one chord vamp gives you a lot of room for bass fills. So, it is the perfect moment to show your stuff. But always take care to not overplay. Remember, play for the song!

Figure 1a. Here we have the verse from a James Brown classic called Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine. The bass groove is courtesy of the amazing William “Bootsy” Collins. He always shows great maturity in his playing!

Figure 1b. This is the verse variation. On both grooves, there are a lot of eight notes, sixteenth notes and rests. See how the grooves have changed at the end of every bar. They’re known as bass fills. Don’t forget the rests, silence is musical too.

Figure 2a. The Top 10 Cissy Strut, by The Meters. This groove utilizes a swung sixteenth note feel with tension notes which provides contrast.

Figure 2b. Here’s the variation of the same groove but with more tension notes. Remember to accentuate the swing feel.

Figure 3a. Low Rider is a great example of an eight notes groove. A very cool song from the American funk band called War.
In this groove, we have slides, muted notes and hammer-ons, etc.

Figure 3b. The variations are at the end of the groove. This is common while grooving. The idea is to keep the essence of the main groove and ad some cool fills at the end. This will catch the attention and give you more colors and flavor to your grooves.

Figure 4a. Now let’s groove with Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). This is the great groove from their hit By the Way. The interlude is based on Dm, Flea establishes the groove with eight notes at the beginning of every bar then he moves with a sixteenth note feel with hammer-ons and muted notes.

Figure 4b. Take care with the timing because the groove is very syncopated and aggressive. Note that he plays with a sixteenth note feel with hammer-ons and muted notes and he ends the groove with some tension notes.

When grooving over a one chord vamp, try rhythmic variations, emphasize the chord notes and combine them with chromatic passing tones (tension notes). Also, you can use ghost or muted notes, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, double stops, slap, etc. Play for the music style, if you are playing funk play funk and always locked up with the rhythm section. Happy Holidays!

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

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