I had been in the hospital for nearly four months with a heart condition. Two of those months I just laid flat in bed. So when I got back home and started to play again, I tried to pick up where I had left off. Wrong!
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
While the typical rock and blues 12-bar form sticks pretty closely to the standard changes, we’re going to explore how this structure can be manipulated and embellished to create some very interesting sounds.
PG columnist Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Racer-X, Big Sir) talks
about the basics and philosophy of approaching the fretless bass in his
December 2011 print magazine column, which can be read in its entirety
online and for free here.
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