Soloing For Bass Players: the Number 1 Problem

2018-11-13T12:12:30+00:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: Bass Improvisation|8 Comments

This lesson addresses one of the biggest problems I see in students when trying to solo through chord changes. As bass players we deal with root notes of chords a lot. So when it comes to that time to solo we automatically aim for the root note and then take it from there.

In this lesson we have an exercise that aims to shake you out of that habit by aiming for the other chord tones.

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  1. Joaquín May 8, 2016 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Mark, I missed more on the mixing of chord notes during the solo. You just performed an example at the end. Can you develop a bit more? For example, when finishing a chord bar, which note of the following to target. How to visualize them and how to choose the best one according to the ideas you have in your mind. Thanks

  2. Steven May 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I find soloing the most difficult area to improve upon. Great lesson, Mark . . . would love more info/lessons on soloing ideas, maybe permutation suggestions and rhythm variations??

    • Joaquín May 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Steven, go to the Improvisation section in the lesson map. Very good!

  3. Steven May 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Joaquin!

  4. Gerry May 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Mark – fantastic lesson. Still pretty rubbish at soloing, this is going to help. A lot!

  5. Elliott May 23, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Using the bass note of an inversion to create colour

    Very cool lesson.

  6. John June 26, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

    i like how you demo the possibilities after the detail from 24:57 but its a jump way too far. I could do with a talk through of what you’re doing there. it’s like here’s how to work the controls of your car, now we’ll do a lap of rbands hatch without explanation.

  7. Gerard Callaghan January 19, 2018 at 5:20 am - Reply

    This is a great lesson by any standard; so useful and practical.
    Well done Mark!

    I’m an age-pensioner with a touch of arthritis in the fingers so I need to use
    a plectrum most of the time. I was wondering if you could perhaps demo the
    use off a plectrum occasionally; it would be so encouraging for ‘us’ older folk.

    Also, I would like to make a small contribution/donation to say ‘thank you’ for
    all these great instructional videos you give out for free; where can that be done?

    Have a great 2018!

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