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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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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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