80-20 Bass - Article #4

80-20 Bass - Modifying Devices

"the most commonly used devices in rock, pop, blues, reggae, soul and more..."

One of the ways that you can make your 80-20 bass lines more interesting and sophisticated is by using a secondary or modifying device. Here’s a pdf introducting this concept:


I filmed 2 examples for this unit – the first is the first 12 bars of the Tommy Shannon style blues that we looked at in the previous article and the second is the example from the pdf with the modifying devices.

Example 1

Example 1 is the first 12 bars of the blues rock/Stevie Ray Vaughan kind of line that I introduced in the previous article:

Example 2

Example 2 is the same line - but this time the line has been edited by using 'modifying devices.'  You can see the notation and tab in the PDF available to download above:

In the next article I'll show you how you can apply 80-20 Bass to playing fills in your bass lines - and we'll adapt teh Tommy Shannon style bass line we've used in this article for the next one as well and tag a 'stop verse' on and 'fill' to the first beat of the stop verse and fill out of the last stop and back into the 'groove.'


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If you missed the first three articles in this series then click on the links to check them out:


What is 80-20 Bass?  -  https://how-to-play-bass.com/8020bass-1

What is an 80-20 Bass Device?  https://how-to-play-bass.com/8020bass-2-device

80-20 Bass Line Examples: https://how-to-play-bass.com/8020bass-examples