The Change In Style Of Jazz Bass

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Final Paper MUSI1024 “Explore the change in style of jazz bass since the introduction of electric bass (bass guitar)” Modern 4-string, fretted, horizontally played electric bass was first introduced by Paul Tutmarc in the 1930s. Later in 1950s Leo Fender developed this idea so it could be mass-produced and finally introducing the Fender Precision bass in 1951. Electric bass then started to coexist with the double basses in jazz, since there were bassists starting to use electric bass as they are easier to be played, could be easily transported, and were able to be amplified to any volume without feeding back (Driscoll, 2002).  In jazz, electric bass became a viable option in adding modern timbres and textures to the developing…show more content…
Widening the technique that can be used to perform a single instrument has always been a positive impact for the development of the instrument in music, and Wooten has done this with electric bass. Percussive fingerstyle bass line was only possible to be explored by Wooten because he used electric bass. Other conventional techniques that were used by other jazz electric bassists were applicable to double basses also. Fingering was motivated from the “plucking” or pizzicato technique for double bass, and natural harmonics were also used in double bass. However since electric bass had its shape of guitar, was fretted and the string was close to the fingerboard, the percussive strike was possible, therefore solidified as the technique that can be used in electric…show more content…
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