Within the community of bass players, there exists a certain controversy regarding the value of music theory. Some are sceptical about this subject because of their belief that music theory will hold back natural musical creativity, along with the overall enjoyment of playing the bass guitar. Ostensibly, other disbelievers regard theory and analysis as an impractical means to describe and analyse a spontaneous musical performance. Nothing could be further from the truth, so let us get right to the heart of the matter with some practical explanations exemplifying the benefits of music theory.
In this episode, I’m talking about the importance of developing a good level of technical competence on your bass guitar, before anything else and what specifically is developed as a by-product of good technique! Simply put- if you have no technical ability on the bass guitar, then the level of musical depth you will have as a result will be extremely limiting.
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Here’s my latest No Treble bass lesson on how to play across the bar line. Understanding these concepts begins to create an elasticity in your groove and feel. This will enable you to phrase your lines with greater freedom and ease. Many bass players are completely in the dark when it comes to rhythmic variation and much of it is left up to chance.
Don’t be a ‘chancer’- instead start learrning what is common vocabulary for any drummer. There’s a myth going around that drummers are the only musicians that are responsible for laying down and keeping the time. This is a false narrative! Everybody is responsible for keeping the time. You must be able to understand how the rhythmic subdivisions that you are playing are felt against the pulse- period!
The Truth About Reading Music!
In this video, I’m talking about why everybody needs to read music. Although many teachers leave the decision up to their students, without the skills to read music – at least a little bit – is the very same thing as being musically handicapped!
To find out more, watch the video!
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