THE LATIN BASSLINES

The goal is not to become a specialist in Latin basslines , but simply to learn a few, those that most of you may have to play .

For this, we will consider a very played tune in jam sessions (not the most beautiful piece of Latin music in my opinion): “BLUE BOSSA”

And we will interpret it in different Latin styles.

(doc 7) bossa nova

We start with the most famous style.

Well played and sung, the bossa nova creates a languid atmosphere, the bass guitar should have a deep sound and the bassline must be sober as a camel! (No excessive variations as a rule!)

The principle is to alternate tonic and fifth of the chords , and you have to play the low fifth as possible.

On the score, I give you a few variations around the bass pattern, but there are a multitude.

On the mp3 file, as usual, I play a bit and then it’s your turn !

(Doc 8) samba

That is a kind of fast bossa nova .

The samba is played by many jazz musicians , perhaps in a bit simplistic way .

To go deeper into this style , we must listen to Brazilian, Cuban ( or others ) bassplayers , they are very creative.

I show here the basic patterns.

On the mp3 file, I play the 3 times the section then it’s your turn !

(Doc 9) salsa and rumba

This is often quite a complex music, whose difficulty is that the bassline is very syncopated , the strong beats are not played and the drums and percussions can also be complex . So tapping your foot may help a lot, the bassist can easily get lost if he ‘s not accustomed to this kind of music.

On the mp3 file, as usual, I play two times the section then it’s your turn !

(Doc 10) cha cha cha

Still one of the many styles of music that comes from Central and South America, the chachacha often has great melodic richness.

I just show the basic pattern and some typical licks.

(Doc 11) Caribbean music (zouk, calypso, beguine)

The beguine and zouk are fairly simple in principle. You alternate tonic and fifth .But you can find many high-level bass players in this music, playing bass lines on the borders of funk, jazz and Latin jazz, producing rich and complex bass lines ( listen to Michel Alibo , Thierry Fanfant , for example ...)

Again, I just show basic patterns and some typical licks .