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Space In A Bass Line

"....Another thing I'd like to touch on would be the use of space in a bass line...you know, the use of rests, or an economy of notes. We don't need to use every note of every scale that goes with that chord, in order to put together an effective bass line. Quite to the contrary, the most effective bass lines are usually the ones that are very sparse, and allow the music to breathe. Try to challenge yourself to use the fewest possible notes, with just the right rhythm and note duration to make the rest of the band (and the congregation) feel like they're standing on bedrock...and you're well on your way."

(Excerpted from "Grooving for Heaven: The Bassist & Contemporary Worship, Vol. 1") (c) & (p) 1999 Stocktones Music Video. All rights reserved.

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