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Postby Scouse_mouse » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:53 pm

I've just recently given up trying to play like Django ( a kop out I know but I was handicapped by having five fingers on each hand so what could I do) the real reason behind this is I'm quite crap at it but i still love the music so i've taken up the double bass - which I'm taking to really well ( well we all have to find our niche) the problem is there are really really no resources for double bass playing in this style. All the Robin Nolan books etc are for rythmn and lead but no-one gives (a sh*t) or any guideance for double bassists if you want to play like Django there are note for note transcriptions - but very little (I mean Nothing for double bass players) or have I missed something or is there really no help out there?
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Postby cap_django » Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:13 am

There's really no "gypsy" style of playing a bass. A lot of it is based on swing bass. Study playing the good ol' root/5th line in a 2 feel to begin. Next explore different ways of walking.
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Postby justjack » Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:23 am

Hi,

You'll find some tips in this thread:
http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24

Also be sure to check out the rest of the forum there.

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Postby Scouse_mouse » Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:25 pm

Thanks Jack and Cap-django I've spent more time listening to frank sinatra than django over the past couple of months and it seems to work swing bass fits in with this gipsy jazz.

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Postby Scouse_mouse » Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:31 pm

Great thread that Jack- thanks. So it seems like Mickey Dunne (Gary Potters rythmn player) told me basically root/fifth and walk through the middle eight?

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Postby cap_django » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:30 am

That's typical for the head in/out.

During the solo choruses, most would simply walk straight through.
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