Courses

Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals

ILBS-110

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All except bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

This course provides non-bassists with a working knowledge and ability to perform basic bass parts and bass lines. Developing a good sound, fretboard knowledge, right and left hand technique, basic major and minor scales, arpeggios, and common patterns inherent to the bass guitar will be covered.

Bass Lab – Reading 1

ILBS-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the basic techniques and styles of bass playing in a variety of idioms.

Bass Lab – Reading 2

ILBS-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-111
Department: BASS

Continuation of ILBS-111.

Bass Fundamentals

ILBS-115

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

General physical and mechanical aspects of playing the double bass and electric bass (four-, five-, and six-string) will be covered in depth, along with proper performance practices. Topics will include instrument construction, repair, and maintenance; proper body posture for effective bass playing; physical problems associated with performance; theoretical make-up of the fingerboard; and proper fingering concepts of both hands. This course is meant to be a basics manual for the bassist. Student participation via performance in class will be required.

Bass Lab – Lines 1

ILBS-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the construction and performance of bass lines through chord changes in standard, popular, and jazz tunes.

Rock Bass Lab

ILBS-141

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-111
Department: BASS

Study, through performance, of a wide variety of rock bass playing techniques from the '60s through the '90s. Students will perform transcriptions, read and sight read typical bass lines, and demonstrate general and specific aspects of a particular rock bass style.

Elementary Double Bass Lab

ILBS-181

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

Intended primarily for electric bass players, this lab focuses on basic concepts of double bass playing: fingering, bowing, and sound production. Students are required to have access to a double bass and a bow for use in class and practice.

Bass Lab – Reading 3

ILBS-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-112 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BASS

A continuation of ILBS-111 and ILBS-112. Material presented will advance the concepts taught in those labs. The focus will be on out-of-class preparation of written examples as well as in-class sight-reading at an advanced level.

Bass Lines from Motown/Atlantic

ILBS-215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals (electric bass recommended)
Prerequisites: ILBS-112 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: BASS

This course will examine the bass styles of James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Jerry Jemmott, Chuck Rainey, Willie Weeks, Tommy Cogbill, Bob Babbitt, and David Hood, the bassists for Motown and Atlantic records during the 1960s and 1970s. Students will learn to play the original bass parts to hit songs from this music period. Students will then learn to create and play bass parts using this stylistic vocabulary/rhythm section technique over chord progressions in this style. Emphasis on tone and rhythmic feel will also be covered.

Bass Lab – Lines 2

ILBS-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-121
Department: BASS

Continuation of ILBS-121. Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the construction and performance of bass lines through standard chord progressions, using more demanding styles and approaches.

Bass Lab – Lines 3

ILBS-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-221
Department: BASS

Continuation of ILBS-221. Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the construction and performance of bass lines through standard chord progressions, using more demanding styles and approaches.

Bass Lab – Basic Timekeeping

ILBS-225

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

Development of the ability to grasp and maintain a tempo. Exercises including metronome games to improve accuracy and steady time while developing suppleness and flexibility to meet the wide array of rhythm section challenges found in contemporary, live, and studio environments.

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