As I've grown more accomplished, I've come to notice that some transcriptions make choices in note placement that aren't as simply as they could be.
An example would be playing an A on the fifth fret of the E string... instead of simply using an open A where it would make an easier transition. Obviously, transcriptions originate with someone hearing or picking out the notes, but some bass lines seem to jump all over the place instead of staying closely packed together.
When learning a new song, I regularly find myself altering the note choice to simplify things. Do any of you do the same thing?
Couple of remarks:
- Sometimes I make my own bass tabs, from simplying the guitar tab, this isn't 100% correct, some bassist might hate it, but it's that or no bass
When you do that, the notes might seem jumpy, as they come from guitar chords
- Basically 2 play styles: Vertical (scales) or Horizontal (on one string), the vertical playstyle makes it so you keep your hand in one position, the horizontal makes it so you don't have to string skip, but have pro's and con's
- Vertical playstyle, when in first position lets you use open strings, which don't require an actual finger so that's easier, con it doesnt give you that much control over muting/bending/sliding
- Horizontal playstyle, you can slide into the next note, so they blend into eachother