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What Do You Play When the Song Hits a Minor?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Tele-beeb, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. PBO Blues

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    Or, easier still, hit the bad note again, maybe even a third time, and call it Avant Garde. ;)
     
  2. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I am going back through all these replies and I appreciate the help on such a lacking question. This reply (among others) may line up with what I am looking for... thanks.
     
  3. Tele-beeb

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    Thanks... when I experience this again I mean to take notice of the place, the song... and the chord.
     
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    Haha... I just saw this. True :)
     
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    I'd say learn some similar songs with minor chords in it, but if you aren't going to learn literally the first part of music theory you probably also don't learn covers for some lazy reason.
     
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    I resemble that remark :) just funnning no harm... due to my declaration (and the respected reactions within this thread) I am making a plan to try harder to study theory. Thanks :)
     
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    If I hit a bad note, I do it again and calls it "jazz".
     
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    Even better, if (or in my case, when) you hit a bad note, glare at your bandmates like "What are YOU doing?"
     
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    Okay, all fun aside.

    The easiest thing to do is learn the Pentatonic scale. It's major and minor depending on where you start.

    Then learn how to play a 1,3,5 bass line (The Beatles Live At The BBC is a great album to steal bass lines from).

    With probably 2 weeks of work you'll be all set.
     
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    Thanks... I’m going to do this and I’ll try to report back.
     
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    I believe anyone and anything can "make a jazz noise here".

     
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    The main thing is the "third". If it's a minor chord in the song, play the minor third not the major third.
    For example: In the key of G, the minor third is a Bb, the major third is a B.
    in A, the minor third is a C and the major third is a C#.
    etc
     
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    This reminds me of a memorable gig my college band did (40 years ago). The singer had written a new song and we didn't quite have it memorized. The lead guitar player wasn't much on playing minor chords and would just play major chords regardless. We get into a guitar solo and the lead and I (on bass) both get lost. I start playing random "walking" bass and the lead is just all over the place. After a minute or two of this, the singer gets up to the mic and screams,

    "A MINOR, MAN!"

    Fortunately it was recorded for posterity and entered the ongoing mythology of inside jokes.
     
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    If you're coming from the perspective of being a former guitar player, you're going to have a lot of trouble if you don't learn a little bit of theory.

    A lot of people wrongly pickup bass thinking it's going to be easier than playing guitar. It's NOT! You need to be able to hear the notes that make up the chords and play appropriate bass lines incorporating those notes or it's going to sound really bad. You'll be intruding on the vocal melody lines and of course the entire chord form of the song.

    THE PENTATONIC MINOR BLUES / ROCK SCALE IS NOT GOING TO GET YOU THROUGH!

    That said, arpeggios rule the bass player's world.

    If you don't want to learn that, save yourself a lot of disappointment and stop now. On the bright side, learning the basic scale and arpeggio forms is not difficult, but you aren't going anywhere meaningful without them.
     
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    In my country we play 'váminos' before the federales show up.
     
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    Hey!

    Our band is named "Los Vamonos" :D
     
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    I have watched this no less than 300 times since you posted it.
     
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    It's simpler to just listen to "A Love Supreme".
     
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    "Stop making sense"

    ...David Byrne in a Tu Tu...

     
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    A simplistic way is:
    On major chords use your middle finger to play the root. The Major 3rd will be your pointer finger on the next string.
    As In; Root= A, 5th fret of E string
    Major 3rd= C# 4th fret of A string

    For minor chord play root with your ring finger, the minor 3rd will be your pointer on the next string.
    As in
    Root= A, 5th fret of E string
    minor 3rd = 3rd fret of A string

    Of course you need to know all the chords in the song by their proper designation , whether Major or minor
    And get in the habit of saying so
     
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