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Composing Jazz Bass Lines - "Giant Steps"

July 28, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

As an instructor who has spent many years teaching bassists of all playing levels and styles located around the world, I have found the single biggest rut which bassists tend to fall into is that they rely too heavily on playing the instrument through patterns or shapes. The design of a fretted bass guitar fingerboard and the placement of position markers such as dots and inlays makes memorizing patterns or shapes very easy. Patterns and shapes can be useful as long as you don't allow them to completely dictate the music you are trying to create. You don't want to rely on them too much because playing solely by patterns or shapes isn't a very musical approach to performing on any instrument. If you play bass using only patterns or shapes, at some point your playing will begin to sound very predictable since everything you play will tend to sound like everything else that you play. Rather than memorizing patterns or shapes, try to always view the fingerboard as an available pool of notes which you have the opportunity to utilize at any particular time.

If your playing ever starts to sound monotonous or predictable as a result of reverting back to the same patterns or shapes that you have continually repeated over and over again, you can approach the bass from a different perspective by composing lines in standard notation before you attempt to play them on your instrument. When you write bass lines in standard notation without reference to your bass, you are forced to think compositionally about music and the notes that are available to play over chords instead of relying on muscle memory and specific hand positions to play patterns or shapes. If you compose musical phrases before you figure out how to play them on bass, you will often encounter lines that you never would have typically played on the fingerboard because the phrases that you wrote in standard notation were based on good note choice and melodic contour rather than patterns or shapes.

In this lesson, I have included a complete transcription of the jazz bass lines recorded by Paul Chambers on "Giant Steps." ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin August 4

July 28, 2014

Contemporary Techniques For Bass Guitar is the definitive guide to technique for bass guitar. Regardless of your current playing level, prior experience, or the genres of music you prefer to play, this comprehensive course will solidify the foundation required to become a proficient bassist and save you countless hours of frustration by learning how to do it right the first time. ... Enroll Today!

Music Theory For Bass is a beginner to intermediate level course that examines the essential elements of music. For beginners, this course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of harmony as it pertains to bassists in contemporary music. More seasoned bassists will gain insight from this course as concepts already obtained from past musical experiences will be reinforced to expand the depth of their musical awareness. By the end of this 12-week course, you will have acquired the tools necessary to read, write, and improvise bass lines and solos over any chord change, chord progression, or song form in any style of music. ... Enroll Today!

Sight Reading For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass is a beginner to intermediate level course that explores all aspects of reading and writing music notation for bassists. Whether your principle goal is to become a professional session bassist, a member of a college jazz ensemble, bass chair of a symphony orchestra, perform in a school musical, play in church, jam with some friends in your garage, or to simply increase the productivity of your practice sessions, improving your sight reading ability will only expand your opportunities as a working bassist. ... Enroll Today!

Jazz Bass Lines is a beginner to intermediate level course that examines all of the fundamental components of walking bass line construction. During this comprehensive 12-week course, you will study the techniques and bass lines of the most prominent jazz bassists. From the basics of traditional walking bass line construction to more advanced contemporary principles, Jazz Bass Lines is designed to establish the crucial foundation and indispensable vocabulary that is necessary for bassists interested in the art of improvising bass lines. ... Enroll Today!

Soloing Techniques For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass is an intermediate to advanced level course that explores all of the fundamental elements required to improvise effective solos. Featuring classic bebop to modern era techniques, you will be presented with a wide array of improvisation concepts and learn how to create your own horn-like solos in the jazz idiom. Soloing Techniques is recommended for both aspiring and professional bassists alike who are seeking an indispensable resource for the contemporary study and analysis of soloing concepts on bass guitar and acoustic upright bass. ... Enroll Today!

Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Linear Slapping & Plucking
July 28, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

To continue our study of slapping and plucking techniques on bass guitar, this collection of exercises features linear slapping and plucking.

With the traditional bouncing thumb technique, just as its name suggests, the thumb bounces or rebounds off the string immediately after striking it. Rather than allowing the thumb to instantly rebound off the string, double slapping or double thumbing is performed using the slap-through technique by playing through the string with the same downward and upward picking motion utilized by a guitarist. For example, after you slap the A-string with the thumb, play through the string, and allow the thumb to briefly touch the D-string. The thumb then has the opportunity to move back across the string through an upward picking motion. On the downstroke, the string is struck with the side of the thumb, but during the upstroke, the string is sounded with the corner of the thumbnail. Even though striking the strings through downstrokes and upstrokes with the thumb along with index and middle finger plucks will sound slightly different as articulations, the dynamics or volume level of the lines should remain consistent from beginning to end.

In the notation, double slapping using the slap-through technique is indicated with the letter "S" followed by down or up arrows to specify downstrokes or upstrokes with the thumb. Double plucking with the index and middle fingers is signified by "P1" (pluck index) and "P2" (pluck middle). 19 Pages. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

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July 28, 2014

The Subscriber's Area is an exclusive section of the IIB which includes the 20-lesson online bass course Jazz Improvisation For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass, the IIB Bass Samplers, and an extensive collection of lesson material featuring over 300 individual lessons which cover a broad range of subjects.

Jazz Improvisation is a comprehensive 20-lesson course that will help you acquire the essential skills which are necessary to connect your ears to the fingerboard, develop ideas, and communicate more fluently through the language of improvisation. Featuring dozens of fretboard diagrams and play-along tracks with exercises written in standard notation and tablature, topics covered include practice techniques, ear training, scales, modes, chords, passing notes, approach note techniques, and chord tone soloing. After completing this course, you will have expanded your fretboard familiarity, broadened your knowledge of chord/scale theory, increased your technical proficiency on the instrument, and become more productive in your practice sessions. You will possess the fundamental tools that are required to improvise great bass lines and solos on any chord type, chord progression, or song form in the jazz repertoire. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!