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Rhythmically Shifting The Bass Note

 

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Blues Orchestration Series 5

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In earlier lessons we've approached this orchestration by playing the bass notes and melody notes at the same time. This time we are going to rhythmically separate them.

We do this by playing the bass note first slightly ahead of the beat. Precisely one swung eighth-note triplet before the down beat. Then, play the upper note chord tones on the following down beat. Do this on every beat and then we wind up with a neat variation on our new blues orchestration idea!

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