Walking On Electric Bass
by Chris Tarry
Here are a few very electric bass-specific things about walking.
One of the things I notice is that electric players really tend to try and emphasize 2 and 4 aggressively because they feel that they really have to try and make the music swing. If you listen closely to good acoustic players you will notice they do not accent 2 and 4. The upright bass has a kind of built in compression that allowes the sound and attack to stay consistent from one note to the next.
Check out some of these helpful reminders.
1.Give each beat the same attention as the last..(or next)
Check out the walking masters...Paul Chambers (Miles Davis), Ron Carter (Miles Davis), Gary Peacock (Keith Jarrett), Dave Holland (Everybody), and Eddie Gomez.
Play along with them, find out what they had for breakfast the morning of the recording! Really try and cop their feel on your electric bass.
Hope this helps a little.