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Western Swing "turn-arounds" 3 Replies

In the Western Swing style- Often we use the  I - # I º 7 - ii 7 - V7(or 9) turn around...   this is fairly common, however when we have a melody note that sustains on the root of the I, then the # I…Continue

Started by Roger Ferguson. Last reply by Roger Ferguson Oct 21, 2011.

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Comment by Derek on April 9, 2011 at 2:07am

I love that Western Swing sound - both the old stuff (Bob Wills, of course!) and the new - Whit Smith and the Hot Club of Cowtown are a particular favourite. Not sure that I can play any of it well enough to contribute much here, but I do have a quick question to start things rolling.

That Eldon Shamblin style, where the guitar chords feature moving bass lines, is something that I particular enjoy playing solo - but how does it work when there's a bass player in the band? Do the two not then clash? Well, actually it's a silly question because I can hear that they don't. But why don't they?

 

Look forward to getting involved in your group!

Kind regards,

Derek

Comment by Tom Voessing on April 9, 2011 at 7:57am

Hi Derek,

I believe this is not a silly question, I also started a thread many months ago in a bluegrass context. As far as I can hear the bass players only play two notes per measure while the shamblin-stye-player plays four to six notes. They do not clash when the bass player thinks of himself as a supportive player instead of a soloist (the last mentioned can be torture).

I do not have a solid background in theory but I realized in the past (in bluegrass bands) that if You play together with a bass player who plays supportive it simply works and sounds good just because the bass leaves enough room for the others.

Cheers,

Thomas 

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