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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2009-05-26T16:13:26+00:00 2009-05-26T16:13:26+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]>
Here is what I do with some of the songs ( which probable means this is not what you want to do ..... I suck)

- Killin Floor, the electric bass drives the bottom. I stay out of the way and just comp with the left hand on the Hammond.

- The Sky is crying, I do piano walking bass with the left and play Hammond with the right.

- Hoochie Coochie Man - I pretty much double the electric bass part on the piano.

Off the top of my head I think those are the only one of those songs in our set lists.

Statistics: Posted by Ed Boyd — Tue May 26, 2009 4:13 pm

2009-05-24T03:59:54+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]>

1 Johnny Johnsons Nine Below Zero

Hi Pro,

Is Johnny Johnson they blues pianist that passed away recently?? :( Well, if it is him and I'm guessing, he toured Australia a few times and played in Sydney jazz/blues clubs. I did watch him on TV special and from what I can gather, he doesn't sprawl out with the left hand to deep octaves. He keeps it close to the "middle" area of keys and uses 3rds, 5ths, 7ths with the tonic added.

However, he does keep the left hand busy for most part when soloing. Also, when a guitarist solo for example, he "comps" with both hands for most parts.


Statistics: Posted by multisounds — Sun May 24, 2009 3:59 am

2009-05-20T20:53:39+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]> Statistics: Posted by professor — Wed May 20, 2009 8:53 pm

2009-04-20T04:15:09+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]> You can use 2 note Comp Chords, playing just the 3rd and dominate 7th of each chord. This can be done with smooth voice leading (not jumping around).
Example in C Blues: (played in the 1st octave below middle C). C7 = E on bottom and B flat on top. F7 = E flat on bottom and A on top. G7 = F on bottom and B on top.
Played in a rhythmical (comping) manner, they sound great, stay out of the Bass Player’s way and gives more harmonic and rhythm color to the sound.
Later if you wish, you can add Bass Notes, playing the root of the chord on count 1 of the measure to create a Stride Bass (this should work with the Bass Player since he or she is most often playing the root on count 1 in Blues). Next you can add other Bass Notes (chord tones, passing tones, etc.) as you listen closely to what the Bass Player is doing.
Also, later you can add 9ths and 13ths on top of these Comp Chords for an even “Hipper” sound. If anyone would like an example of this, just ask in this forum.
Hope this is helpful to those not familiar with this info.

Statistics: Posted by MontyHines — Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:15 am

2009-04-14T13:41:34+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]>

I always thought if the bass player can't sing then it is sort of an extra cut we do not need to be paying

Hey, be careful of what you're saying to angry bass players!!! ROFL :D :mrgreen: When people form bands of any sort, the first musician that enters their mind is a bass player!! Plus no band in the world can survive without a bass player, or very rarely can they cope without a bass player. But The Doors were an exception, that's cuz Manzerek was trained very well on the keyboards. But if you listen to their music, there is virtually no bass solo of any sort to showcase.


Statistics: Posted by multisounds — Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:41 pm

2009-04-13T16:54:29+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:54 pm

2009-04-13T16:43:25+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]>
That is just a guess though. I don't really know, I just do what I do.

Statistics: Posted by Ed Boyd — Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:43 pm

2009-04-13T15:48:33+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:48 pm

2009-04-11T22:14:27+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]>

No offense bass players. I like playing with you guys also because it frees me up to do an occasional super wild piano solo.

Statistics: Posted by Ed Boyd — Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:14 pm

2009-04-11T21:09:40+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Left hand question]]> Statistics: Posted by barbequebob — Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:09 pm