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Free Jam Tracks - Brought to you by Nick Cresswell
Time/size: 4 mins 26 secs/6.2mb. 106 beats per minute/bpm
Rock jam track: This rock tune in the key of B, has a tight rhythm section with the rhythm guitar, bass and drums all locking into a solid groove.
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.
Progression: E5, F#5, B5.
Suggestions: The B Major scale sounds cool over this progression.
Creepy Crawly Chords and Progression
This is a two bar progression that uses power chords that I learned off your little sister.
The E5 power chord is played on the first 2 beats of the 1st bar and is followed by the F#5 power chord on the 3rd and 4th beats of the 1st bar. The 2nd bar of the progressions is the B5 power chord. This is the 'one chord' or I chord in the progression.
Power chords only use the Root and 5th notes of their respective scales. They are simply chords which have a big sound - great for rock n roll, metal, blues and anything else you want to get into.
They are called power chords as they were invented before electricty. If you believe that last sentence you should consult your doctor. Soon!
The E4 chord is the IV chord and the F#5 chord is the V chord. It's a 2 bar, I-IV-V progression in the key of B.
Creepy Crawly Scale Suggestions
1. B Major Scale - 2nd to 4th Position - Two Octaves
This is an unconventional way to play the first Octave of the B Major scale which is good because it will help you get your fingers moving and your brain thinking.
2. B Major Scale on the 2nd (B) String
When you play this up the neck use just your index finger on the fretboard until you hit the 12th fret. Then move down the 2nd (B) string with your index finger to the 9th fret and then you can play the 11th fret on the 3rd (G) string with your ring finger and let your fingers fall on the other frets as you play down to the Root note of the B Major scale on the 9th fret of the 4th (D) string.
We're adding the Major 7th on the 8th fret on the 4th string too. It sounds good over this progression as it resolves back up to the Root note really nicely.
Creepy Crawly Bass Tab
Although this looks like the easiest bass guitar line in the history of bass playing there's a lot more to it that meets the ear. You can play this line in one of two ways: stop the notes from playing right through to the next note or let them sound till your fingers hit the string for each note as they come up.
Still sounds simple?
1. play the notes and let them just play fully. That's the easy bass line to play.
2. dampen each note with each alternate finger (the finger that is about to play the following note) before you actually play that note. This isn't easy to do well. Emphasis on the well. It's about playing with perfect timing and above all else, control. You want to make sure the notes all play evenly and in perfect time.
It's an art which is one of the most important elements of mastering if you want to play good bass.
Practice both techniques with a metronome so you can really hear your playing. If your timing isn't dead on it will stand out like a sore thumb. If your control isn't consistent you'll hear what you're accenting and what you're not.
If you want to up the ante play each note on the beat with an accent so that it's louder than the note that follows it on the off beat. Then switch it around so that you play the notes on the off beats with accents and the notes on the beat quieter. This type of playing can totally change the feel of a song and is a great way of coming up with different bass parts for tunes that are seemingly simple. Don't be fooled though - really listen to what you're playing.
If you can nail the above you'll get a lot more out of the music and most importantly of all be able to give a lot more to the band.
Creepy CrawlyDrum Chart
Play a nice tight rock beat.
Web page with drum instruction: Creepy Crawly Drum Chart
Download: Creepy Crawly Drum Chart