#1
Hey bassplayers of UG. What's up?

I got a question for you all regarding my playing.

I want to get better at jazz bass, both walking and abit of soloing. I've been hugely inspired by this guy named Jeff Andrews, especially in the following videos, which I think gets the point across of what I eventually want to learn/be able to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb6PkN5ezGc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ETbWrbu_Fg

I know abit of Jazz, I know very basic walking lines and I get the feel for it quite easily. I love jazz. Trios, big bands and so on, but what am I supposed to start with? I want to be able to run all of those lines and crazy stunts that he does across the neck.

I know he's an awesome player and probably practiced his ass off, but any suggestions are welcome to get me started.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Last edited by Strati at Dec 23, 2008,
#2
Quote by Strati
Hey bassplayers of UG. What's up?

I got a question for you all regarding my playing.

I want to get better at jazz bass, both walking and abit of soloing. I've been hugely inspired by this guy named Jeff Andrews, especially in the following videos, which I think gets the point across of what I eventually want to learn/be able to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb6PkN5ezGc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ETbWrbu_Fg

I know abit of Jazz, I know very basic walking lines and I get the feel for it quite easily. I love jazz. Trios, big bands and so on, but what am I supposed to start with? I want to be able to run all of those lines and crazy stunts that he does across the neck.

I know he's an awesome player and probably practiced his ass off, but any suggestions are welcome to get me started.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Im not a major jazz officianado (but im gonna start brushing up a bit on my jazz bass skills soon too ) but i off hand i can give a few pointers:

1. Start immersing yourself in jazz/fusion/bebop music, to kinda "absorb" the feel and style of the playing
2. Practice the sh!t out of your jazz scales and such - im guessing alot of the solo was improvised
3. Do alot of left hand training - he solo's alot past the 12th fret, so you want to make sure your fretting is precise, and strong to get good tone at that speed.
4. Dont neglect your right hand! Im not sure whether he includes his ring finger in his plucking, but it couldnt hurt to practice it yourself. I know alot of progressive metal bassists utilize 3 finger picking for fast solo'ing and scale runs.

And to top it off man, PRACTICE!! A quick judgement tells me this guy has dedicated his life to his music and his instrument, so an average working man/woman is going to need to put some effort into being that proficient, especially if your new'ish to bass.

Oh, and thanks for posting those vids, never even heard of this guy - i like it
#3
1. Listen to all sorts of Jazz and try to see live Jazz if you can. Watching a live bass player in a jazz setting can teach you tonnes about timing and presence in jazz playing.

2. A friend once loaned me the "The Universal Mind of Bill Evans". I think its out there on youtube. One of the most important things that Steve Allen talks about in the intro is that you need to master your fundamentals in theory and technical / muscle memory to the point where it becomes subconscious and you can concentrate on the improvisation end of things.

3. Jam with a good drummer and other jazz musicians as much as possible. I could hack out a good walking bass line, but my level of playing subconsciously and being able to truly jam and improv really didn't move to the next level until I started playing weekly with other musicians. No playing along to records or by yourself is ever going to equal in benefit to playing live with others.

4. Realize this is all going to take time and quite a bit concerted effort. Be patient and keep at it.