Upright Bass Melodic Basslines

Practice upright bass by learning a number of melodic basslines. Learn about melodic basslines on upright bass in this free stringed instrument video from a classical and jazz bassist.

Series Summary

The bass has a bit of a chip on its shoulder. Many people think that the least talented musician in a band is assigned to the bass. But fewer strings does not necessarily translate into less creative impact. While much of pop music has relatively simple bass lines, even the most basic of these lines are crucial to creating a solid rhythm section. In more progressive forms of rock music as well as in jazz, the bass maintains the timekeeping function while adding a subtlety and depth to a band’s sound nearly impossible to achieve with the more intrusive lead instruments. In funk and hip hop, the bass steps up to center stage, pounding home dancefloor rhythms. And in reggae the bass takes over, with the guitar keeping the beat as expansive bass runs dance all around it. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra. Also known as the upright bass, this instrument requires a great deal of practice to learn the numerous ways in which different scales, chords, and patterns can be played to fit myriad music styles. In this free video series, a classical and jazz bassist will teach you how to play a number of melodic sequences on the upright bass, as well as how to combine these sequences. Next, you'll see a demonstration of basslines by Paul Chambers and Sam Jones, as well as how to incorporate those basslines into your own playing. With these tips and techniques, you'll be walking all over the upright bass in no time!

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