The Importance of Melody (L#64)

Published May 10, 2012 in Improvisation

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This lesson is all about melody! As bass players, we generally play… bass lines most of the time, rather than melodies. So if you're not used to soloing, it can be a pretty scary experience at first, because you're not used to playing melodies.

Even if you know all your scales, arpeggios, etc. you probably won't know what to do with them when you first start soloing. Everything will probably sound very rigid, simply because… you're not used to playing melodies!

So, let's take a well-known melody and see what we can get out of it. We'll start playing the melody completely straight with the metronome --that is without 'pushing' or 'pulling' and, when we're comfortable with that, I'll show you what I mean by pushing and pulling against the metronome.

Then you can take any melody that comes to your mind and play with it in the same way. Not only is that fun, but it will improve your soloing big time!

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