[Dixielandjazz] Bass Solos
tubaman at batnet.com
Fri Jul 23 09:38:21 PDT 2004
For me, there is nothing more awful than playing a full set with each
song going through the same solo order. It often happens on "pick-up"
gigs and it drives me crazy! Head, reed, trumpet, bone, piano, banjo,
bass, drums, back to the head. GAAKKK!!!
As a tuba player, I don't ask for (or take) many solos, but there are a
few songs that really do work well for me - St. James, Just a Closer
Walk and Wolverines come to mind. Minor key songs somehow let me work
more interesting note choices into my solos and I like that. The rest
of the time I get my kicks by playing a line that works, keeping the
chords and tempo in order without being too repetitive.
From what I learned in "Pop Psychology of Musicians 101" - I do not
think a typical bass player COULD have a really big ego because the
ultimate function of the bass line is to support the melody & solos and
to move the song along, not be the "star performer." Obviously, there
are major exceptions: Eli Newberger is a prime example in my opinion. I
love hearing him take extended solos, seemingly not worried about
keeping exact tempo or holding the traditional bass line, yet really
exploring all sorts of possibilities with his horn in a very musical
way! I think many bands would fall apart on every song if their bass
player did what Eli does...
, On Jul 23, 2004, at 5:44 AM, Thompson wrote:
> Which leads me to ask the question. Why are bass players given a
> solo? Is
> it just for their ego? Or just a way to give the other players a rest?
> Seems no one really appreciates them...
> I LOVE the bass line when played with other players. BUT solo? Very
> Rebecca Thompson
> Flower Mound, TX
> -----Original Message-----
>> I have noticed that people do not pay
> much attention to bass/tuba solos<
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