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Bass Lines With Jaime Vazquez: Groove Variations Part II (Chord Progression)

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Welcome to the 2011! There will be a lot of great bass lines articles for this year! So, stay tuned for Full Bass Attack!

We’ ve been working with groove variations over the one chord vamp, but this month, we will work with the chord progression. Remember, we can make groove variations without losing the idea and the essence of the song. Many bass players play the same groove over the chord changes to keep the same rhythmic pattern for the song. It’s ok with that, but don’t be scared to experiment. Groove variations will add more personality to your bass lines. Let’s work it out!

Fig.1a

It’s the main groove for the early 1990’s hit called Two Princes by the Spin Doctors. See how bassist Mark White use muted notes, slides, hammer-ons and a lot of syncopation for this great funky groove.

Fig. 1b

Here’s the variation for this amazing groove that sold millions of copies around the world. Noticed how Mark plays with more syncopation without muted notes. A whole new thing over the same chord progression.

Fig. 2a

In the 70’s there was a hit upon its initial release, I’m talking about Love Rollercoaster by The Ohio Players.

This bass line is a classic for funk bass players. The use of octaves is a trademark for this song. The cool thing is that you can make fills during the 4th beat of every bar.

Fig. 2b

Don’t forget the slides from below, they give a smooth sound to the groove. As you can hear, this is a very aggressive bass line, full of motion. Be accurate on every chord changes.

Fig. 3a

Is an example from the legendary American rock band called The Allman Brothers. This is the groove from the bridge section of Jessica, one of their original songs. Lamar Williams did a great work by simply laying down the groove and always locked with the drums.

Fig. 3b

Lamar did some variations using the chord tones. He was very influenced by players from James Jamerson to Stanley Clarke. As we can see, Williams’ style was more traditional.

Fig. 4a

This is a cover version of Billy Roberts’ Hey Joe played by bassist Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix). He played the groove with the same rhythm motive at the first two bars, then he flows with the song.

Fig. 4b

As we can see, Noel starts to increase the intensity of the groove. Take care with the staccato note at the 2nd beat of bar two. This technique adds a more tight rhythm to the groove.

Expand your vocabulary on your own grooves by using the chord tones, chromatic notes, scales,
modes, etc. Experiment with some rhythmic variations on fills too. At last, you will have a fresh and
a more interesting bass line for the rhythm section. Keep Grooving!

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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