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T E C H N I Q U E S
INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUES
r e a d y - m a d e f r e t - w r a p s t h a t f i t
o v e r t h e n u t a r e a , o r y o u c a n
j u s t a s e a s ily u s e a n e la s t ic a t e d
h a i r - t i e . E x p e r i m e n t t o s e e i f it
g iv e s y o u a c le a n e r a r t i c u l a t i o n
w i t h t h e s e t e c h n iq u e s .
E x a m p le 1 is a t r ip le t - b a s e d
id e a u s in g t h e c h o r d c h a n g e s
E m in 7 t o A 7 a n d t h e n u p a t o n e .
F # m in 7 t o B 7 , o r a I I - V - I I I - V I
s e q u e n c e . N o t ic e h e r e t h a t I
h a v e u s e d t h e t w o p o s s ib le 3 r d
a n d 7 t h s h a p e s in t h e t a p p in g
h a n d . S o in t h e f i r s t b a r t h e 7 t h
is o n t o p f o r t h e m i n o r s e v e n
c h o r d , r e s u l t i n g in a p e r f e c t
5 t h s h a p e , w h e r e a s i n t h e
s e c o n d b a r , w h e n c h a n g in g t o
t h e F # m i n 7 c h o r d , t h e 3 r d is
o n t o p , r e s u l t i n g in a p e r f e c t
4 t h s h a p e . O f c o u r s e , w e o f t e n
c h o o s e t o u s e t h e s a m e s h a p e
a n d s i m p l y m o v e t h e t a p p in g
h a n d u p a t o n e , b u t in t h i s k e y .
t h i s c o u l d n ’t b e p la y e d o n a
c o n v e n t io n a l 2 0
f r e t b a s s w h e r e
E b is o u r t o p n o t e . W e n e e d
t o u s e a c o m b i n a t i o n o f b o t h
s h a p e s , a s p e r E x a m p le 1.
In t h e t h r e e s u b s e q u e n t
e x a m p le s . I h a v e w r i t t e n t h e
n o t e s t o b e p la y e d i n t h e t a p p in g
h a n d w i t h t h e t a i ls u p , a n d t h e
n o t e s to b e f r e t t e d w i t h t h e t a ils
d o w n . In t h e ta b , t h e t a p p in g
h a n d n o t e s a r e a ll o n t h e t o p t w o
s t r in g s w h i l e t h e f r e t t e d t o n e s
a r e o n t h e l o w e r t w o . W r i t i n g
t h e e x a m p le s in t h i s m a n n e r
h e lp s d i f f e r e n t i a t e t h e c h o r d s
f r o m t h e b a s s
lin e .
E x a m p le 2 is a 1 6 t h - n o t e f u n k
id e a , w h e r e 1
h a v e i n t r o d u c e d
t h e c o n c e p t o f s l i d i n g ta p s ,
d e n o t e d b y t h e s l u r lin e s . Q u it e
s im p ly , t h i s m e a n s t h a t w e
h a m m e r o n i n t h e u s u a l w a y f o r
t h e f i r s t p a i r o f n o te s , a n d t h e n
s lid e u p a s e m it o n e t o t h e s e c o n d
p a i r r a t h e r t h a n h a m m e r in g o n
a g a in , m a k in g f o r a s m o o t h e r
t r a n s i t i o n . T h is e x a m p le is
s y n c o p a t e d a n d y o u m ig h t f i n d
i t t a k e s a w h i l e t o c o o r d in a t e
b o t h h a n d s a p p r o p r ia t e ly , s o
t a k e i t n ic e a n d s l o w l y a t f i r s t
"BEFORE WE L00KATS0ME EXAMPLES,
IT'S WORTH MENTIONING THAT IT HELPS
TO HAVE AN ACTION ON YOUR BASS ON
THE LOWER SIDE"
u n t i l y o u a r e c o m f o r t a b l e w i t h t h e n o t e s f o r e a c h h a n d . W h e r e a s
n o r m a l l y w h e n p la y i n g t h e b a s s w e s y n c h r o n i s e t h e l e f t a n d r i g h t
h a n d , t h i s t e c h n iq u e c o u ld b e c o m p a r e d t o s o m e o f t h e c o o r d i n a t i o n
c h a lle n g e s t h a t a k e y b o a r d p la y e r m ig h t fa c e . S o a t f i r s t i t m ig h t f e e l
a l i t t l e c o u n t e r
i n t u i t i v e t o p la y .
E x a m p le 3 is a b o s s a n o v a - s t y le p a t t e r n i n a m i n o r k e y : t w o b a r s
o f t h e o n e c h o r d , f o l lo w e d b y a m i n o r I I - V w h e r e t h e m in o r s e v e n
c h o r d a ls o u s e s t h e f l a t t e n e d 5 t h . A s y o u c a n s e e , i f w e o n l y r e a d t h e
l o w e r t w o s t r in g s , w e h a v e a c o n v e n t io n a l r o o t a n d 5 t h b a s s - lin e
c o m m o n in t h i s s t y le , w i t h t h e t a p p e d t o n e s o n t h e u p p e r t w o s t r in g s
p r o v i d i n g t h e r e s t o f t h e h a r m o n y . H e r e t h e 3 r d a n d 7 t h o n t h e
m i n o r s e v e n c h o r d s is w r i t t e n w i t h t h e m i n o r 3 r d o n t o p . r e s u l t i n g
in a p e r f e c t 4 t h s h a p e . T h e a f o r e m e n t io n e d f l a t f i v e is p la y e d in t h e
b a s s - lin e , t h e F n a t u r a l in t h e t h i r d b a r . A g a in , t h i s m ig h t n e e d to b e
t a k e n q u i t e s l o w l y a t f i r s t in o r d e r t o c o o r d i n a t e b o t h h a n d s . I t is le s s
s y n c o p a t e d t h a n t h e p r e v io u s e x a m p le , b u t m ig h t s t i l l fe e l a w k w a r d
a t f i r s t . F o r v a r i a t i o n , y o u m ig h t w i s h t o e x p e r i m e n t w i t h c h a n g in g
t h e 3 r d a n d 7 t h a r o u n d i n t h e t a p p in g h a n d : t h a t is t o s a y . p u t t i n g
t h e 7 t h o n t o p o f t h e m i n o r s e v e n c h o r d . F o r t h e A m i n o r c h o r d t h i s
w o u l d b e a p e r f e c t 5 t h s h a p e a t t h e 1 0 t h a n d 1 2 t h f r e t o n t h e u p p e r
t w o s t r in g s .
E x a m p le 4 t h i s m o n t h is t h e la s t f o u r b a r s o f a b lu e s in G , p la y in g
a w a l k i n g b a s s - lin e i n t h e f r e t t i n g h a n d w h i l e t a p p in g o f f - b e a t 3 r d s
a n d 7 t h s in a t r i - t o n e s h a p e f o r t h e 7 t h c h o r d h a r m o n y in t h e t a p p in g
h a n d , a ll t o b e p la y e d w i t h a s w in g f e e l a s in d ic a t e d . N o t ic e t h a t f o r
t h e D 7 a n d C 7 c h o r d s , t h e V
a n d I V c h o r d s , t h e 7 t h is o n
t o p - w h e r e a s f o r t h e G 7 c h o r d ,
t h e I c h o r d , t h e 3 r d is o n t h e
t o p . T h is m e a n s t h a t th e s e t h r e e
s h a p e s a r e a c t u a l l y i n m u c h
t h e s a m e p o s it io n , t h e G 7 s h a p e
f a l l i n g b e t w e e n t h e t w o s h a p e s
u s e d f o r t h e o t h e r t w o c h o r d s ,
w h i c h m a k e s f o r e f f e c t i v e v o ic e
le a d in g . I t a ls o m a k e s i t e a s ie r
t o p la y , t h e t a p p in g h a n d o n l y
h a v in g t o c o v e r t h r e e f r e t s t o
e n c o m p a s s a ll t h e c h o r d s . I t
w o u ld b e a u s e f u l e x e r c is e to s e e
i f y o u c a n f ig u r e o u t h o w t o p la y
t h e e n t i r e 1 2 - b a r s e q u e n c e u s in g
t h i s a p p r o a c h . Y o u h a v e a ll t h e
t a p p in g h a n d c h o r d v o ic in g s y o u
n e e d a lr e a d y n o t a t e d - a t le a s t f o r
a s im p le t h r e e c h o r d b lu e s - s o it
w o u ld ju s t b e a q u e s t io n o f f i l l i n g
in t h e a p p r o p r ia t e w a l k i n g b a s s -
lin e f o r t h e r e s t o f t h e s e q u e n c e .
T h e r e a r e m a n y p o s s ib ilit ie s
u s in g t h i s a p p r o a c h t h a t c a n b e
v e r y u s e f u l i n p r o v i d i n g a c h o r d
a n d b a s s - lin e a c c o m p a n im e n t ,
a n d , a s t h e e x a m p le s illu s t r a t e ,
t h e r e a r e n o p a r t i c u l a r s t y l i s t i c
c o n s t r a in t s . S o w o r k o n y o u r
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