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It’s All in the Timing

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015

It’s All in the Timing

I recently ran across an interview online with Carol Kaye.

carol kaye

She has played a lot of the memorable bass work you hear on the radio and television and in film. A matter of fact, Carol has played on over 10,000 recordings for music and movies!

Some of the most memorable bass lines she’s crafted:

  • “Mission Impossible” theme song (Lalo Schifrin)
  • “The Beat Goes On” (Sony and Cher)
  • “California Girls” & “Help Me, Rhonda” (The Beach Boys)
  • “I’m a Believer” (The Monkees)
  • “Wichita Lineman” & “Rhinestone Cowboy” (Glen Campbell)
  • “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” (Nancy Sinatra)
  • Freak Out! (Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention)

In the video below check out how she practices with the metronome to get a sense of timing. Usually players mark out a square one, two, three four beat on the metronome and then try to match it.  I loved the way she used the metronome as a back beat so that it becomes a cooperation rather than a contest.

It’s also what makes The Listening Wall tick

– It’s all about the groove.


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