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A Study of The Modern Electric Bass Through Technique, Tone, and Stylistic Interpretation

“A Study of the Modern Electric Bass Through Technique, Tone, and Stylistic Interpretation” is an examination of influential recordings of a select number of bassists chosen for their impact on myself as well of others. By transcribing, learning, recording, and dissecting the bass parts to a song by each of these bassists, I will attempt to better understand their basslines, techniques, tonal characteristics, and personal style. This process will provide insight into how the basslines are constructed, the player’s techniques and styles, and how to manipulate equipment to get a specific desired sound in any situation. This is my attempt at figuring out what makes these bassists special, with the idea of integrating various elements of their collective approaches into my playing.

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