The members of the band consisted of Janice—Marie Johnson vocals, co-writer, bass , Carlita Dorhan vocals, guitar , Perry Kibble keyboards, co-producer, co-writer and Donald Ray Johnson drums. Longtime friends Kibble and Janice—Marie Johnson were the original members of the band. Each had left a band to join forces, and after employing several drummers, they settled on Donald Johnson no relation to Janice—Marie. Gregory Walker also replaced the lead singer unnamed , who had left the band just prior to the successful release of "Boogie Oogie Oogie". Carlita Dorhan left the group in early , and Hazel Payne was added.

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The boogie-woogie is a piano blues style from the early 20th century. The boogie-woogie style has a very strong bass pattern associated with it.

Originally, piano players accompanied themselves by playing this bassline with their left hand. As this style evolved more, the bassist would often play the boogie-woogie bassline by himself or herself while the pianist played entirely different piano parts. The Boogie-Woogie Bassline Although there are many variations, the basic boogie-woogie bass pattern is a two-bar pattern using quarter notes. The bassline ascends and then descends strongly outlining the notes of each dominant 7th chord in the blues progression.

This year-old bassline is still around today because it outlines chord tones perfectly. The only note not found in the chord which contains a root, 3rd, 5th, and flat 7 is the 6th. The sixth, coming from the mixolydian scale , is really there for melodic decoration. It melodically connects the 5th to the flat 7th. When you listen to music your ear considers notes falling on beat 1 as very important.

Beat 3 is a strong place for landing chord tones, too. Every bassist knows this line. More importantly, this bassline contains all of the qualities of a perfect bassline. It sets the pulse. And, it successfully supports the sound of each chord in the tune.

You can learn a lot about bass playing from this simple little pattern. The Boogie-Woogie Exercise You should learn to play the boogie-woogie bassline over blues variation 1 first.

The Boogie-Woogie exercise. The two-bar boogie-woogie pattern neatly fits it since it contains two or four bars of each chord. Make sure you practice this line in different keys and areas of the fretboard, too. Those will probably sound more familiar to you.


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