Maestro Carter is famous for reminding people that trying to learn how to improvise by studying the improvisations of others is an exercise in futility, because the definition of improvisation is that it occurs at a specific moment in time, with a specific group of musicians who each made specific choices. You are not likely to find yourself in that situation again.
Studying transcriptions is a valuable tool, and essential in learning how to build your own unique bass lines. The transcriptions in this book aren’t just enjoyable to study, they are invaluable tools in every bassist’s education and will help you know what to do when your unique opportunity comes along.
To get the most out of this book, analyze these bass lines with this in mind:
- Why they are so effective - both in the choice of rhythms and the choice of notes.
- Find the rhythmic sequences (patterns) and notice how often they occur, where they occur and the affect that they have on the pulse of the line.
- Look at the note choices to find the repetition of certain groups of notes and how the repetition of these groups of notes color the harmony of the song. Perhaps they also are beacons that are used to outline certain parts and forms of the song.