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Sharay Reed: What’s Going On Bass Solo

We often feature solo bass tunes, but this one is a little different. Sharay Reed channels the spirit of James Jamerson by playing a solo bass line to the Marvin Gaye hit “What’s Going On” in this clip from the One Mic show.

Reed weaves his own bass line for the song while keeping the groove in the Motown vein. His note choices perfectly outline the harmonies so you can clearly hear each part of the song. Gaye’s vocals are mixed in throughout the song for a beautiful and haunting effect.

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dochoc

dochoc

Nice bass playing by Sharay , plus this Fender bass is really fine , I’ve never seen this color on a Fender and the pick guard matches up well. I’m beginning to think I should have bought a 5 string bass.

    Gregg

    Ha! You just bought a bass! Don’t second guess yourself listening to another person’s sound. Find your sound with your instrument!

    Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews

    Zup Doc, I agree with with Gregg. Just dig on what ya got, at least for a while. Play around, find the bass’s sweet spots, finger style, pick player, whatever. Make it a part of you… and you a part of it… and CONGRATS on the new bass purchase!

      dochoc

      dochoc

      Thanks’ guys , you all are right, this new Fender Jazz bass is nice , I’ve enjoying playing it a lot over the past 3 months. I was so use to playing this old Ibanez but it looks like a toy sitting next to the new shiny Fender bass. Now its time to plug in and get some new blisters.

Gregg

Yeah, this sounds nice. Dude is in the zone forsure.

Mike Matthews

Mike Matthews

SCHWEET – there’s some nice licks and groov’n going on ; )

prawn

This is good and all, but the more I hear solo bass, the more boring it gets.

    dochoc

    dochoc

    Appreciating Solo Bassist giving us their all pouring out their heart and soul like Sharay Reed and others like Josh Cohen playing J.S. Bach’s Two Part Invention No.13 on his 6-string Ken Smith Bass ,
    or his Herbie Hancock – Chameleon – Solo Bass Arrangement seen here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90-aKvgnkE
    is for us that play bass to enjoy , this is what we do for pleasure or to make a living to put food on the table for our loved ones.

    According to Albert Einstein : “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

Anthony

Anthony

Before the climax, I think he lost the groove a bit, but the rest was beautiful.

Steven Smith

man, this is great. sharay’s got it down. love the mix with marvin’s vocals.

Trey Smith

there is so much soul going on here I can barely stand it!

John Bachini

Are there any Bass Players on this site? I’m going to buy a Bass! Something with four strings and one that plays low – like a bass. Talented players but not Bass Players.

    Rob

    Rob

    LOL….trust me, this guy will play “bass” in circles around you whether it’s on the low notes or high notes.

Charlie Hosch Jr.

Sharry Reed a modern day bassist of our times with awesome creativity, Skillz of Grooves On Upright & electric bass with Intenisity and intregrity of Spirit. Amazing human being and musician. Look Out! ” He’s The Real Deal!
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