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04 G 54 Chevy No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 37 secs/7.72mb
Odd meter jam track: Fairly straight sounding rock in G. (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression: (G-GMaj7, C-CMaj7)x4 then verse (D-C9)x3 + (D-C9-D)x1
Suggestions: Come up with a bass line that uses the chord tones of the G and C Major 7th chords.
Time signature: This backing track is in 5/4. Just count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 all the way through as you tap your foot on each beat. The main thing with odd time signatures (for my money) is that I don't want them to sound like they are odd time signatures. Sometimes there isn't much you can do about it but you at least want them to sound natural. Ultimately thought, it'll be something that a civilian (non-musician) can dance to, or at least tap their foot.

G Major 7th and C Major 7th chord tones

G|----------------------------4--5--
D|------------4--5-----2--5---------
A|-----2--5---------3---------------
E|--3--------------------------------

Soundgarden - Outshined

The verse to outshined is in 7/4. You can count along with it from the start. Count; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Great tune.

05 A At the Fox Theatre in 78 No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 53 secs/8.08mb
Style: Rock n roll in A. (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression: Riff in A minor: (A-b3-4-5)x3, (A-b3-R-b7-5)x1 - (A-b7-5-b7-5-4-b3)x4
Suggestion(s): Play along with the riff.
Time signature: This backing track is in 7/8. Just count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 all the way through as you tap your foot on each beat.

The riff is broken up into the following 2 sections:

Section 1 (play this four times)
G|-------------------------
D|-------------------------
A|---------------5--5--7--
E|--5--5--8--8------------ Play this 3 times.

G|------------------------
D|---------------7--5-----
A|---------------------7--
E|--5--5--8--8----------- On the 4th time through play this.

Section 2 (play this four times)
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--7--5------5---------------------------------------------------------
A|---------7------7--5--3-----------------------------------------------
E|------------------------(or play -8- instead of the 3 on the 2nd string)-- Play this 4 times.

06 E Eleventh Hour No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 52 secs/7.70mb
Style: Funk rock in E.
Backing instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression: (E A B)x2 - (E A C# B) - (E A G# F3)
Suggestion(s): Play octaves. This is old school funk.
Time signature: This backing track is in 11/8. Just count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 all the way through as you tap your foot on each beat. That might sound like an obvious way to tell you to count it but there are a lot of different ways you can count when playing odd meters. You need to work out how to count for each different tune. It depends on how the notes/riffs are grouped. If the bar is divided into groups you can break up the count. For example on this track you could count it in 2 groups, the first in 6 and the second lot in 5. Try it - count; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So you have broken up the 11 to be 6 + 5 = 11.

Who would have thought that math would have one day come in handy!

The bass line is broken up into the following 3 sections:

Section 1 (play this twice)
G|---------------------------
D|-----2--------7-----9-----
A|---------------------------
E|--0-----0--5-----7-----7--

Section 2 (play this once)
G|----------------------------
D|-----2--------7-----11-----
A|----------------------------
E|--0-----0--5-----9------7--

Section 3 (play this once)
G|---------------------------
D|-----2--------7-----6-----
A|---------------------------
E|--0-----0--5-----4-----2--

Pearl Jam - Low light

This tune is mostly in 12/8 but they throw in a bar of 4 on the last grouping every now and then to make it 13/8. Count it in 4 lots of triplets and then 3 lots of triplets with 1 group of 4 when they go into the odd meter.

More Bass Guitar Jam Tracks

Below are the links to jam tracks in 7 different styles of music along with music theory, scales and more along the way.

Play Bass Blues 01 Play Bass Rock 01 Play Bass Jazz 01
Play Bass Blues 02 Play Bass Rock 02 Play Bass Reggae 01
Play Bass Blues 03 Play Bass Metal 01 Play Bass Odd Meters
Play Bass Blues 04 Play Bass Funk 01 Play Bass Modes
Play Bass Blues 05 Play Bass Funk 02  
Play Bass Country 01    
All the backing tracks above on one page without the music theory:
79 Jam Tracks for Bass    

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