Cole Davis: 10 II-V-I Licks on Upright Bass (bass clef edition)

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About the Etudes

There are plenty of ii-V-I books out there, but few of them are actually meant for the upright bass. The ii-V-I books that do exist for upright focus almost exclusively on walking bass lines, which as we all know is more important than soloing. The dearth of resources on 8th note lines that actually work on upright bass is what inspired me to make this book.

Most bass players, myself included, struggle over “flat keys” such as Db, Eb, etc; often because of the awkward shifting involved in hitting the dominant chords of the key. Rhythm changes and blues can be uncomfortable in those keys using the “standard” methods of fingering and positioning. This book is somewhat of a pre-cursor to the Rhythm Changes in all 12 keys and Blues in all 12 keys books that I have available; much of the language used in this book is translated to the Rhythm Changes and Blues.

In all 3 books, I use open strings to create more possibilities, both technically and harmonically.

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