Courses

Orchestral Repertoire Workshop for Double Bass

ILBS-284

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-281 (bass principals) or written approval of course chair (non-bass principals)
Department: BASS

This course will introduce the double bass student to orchestral playing. Suitable orchestral literature will be presented for practice.

Reading Contemporary Bass Rhythms

ILBS-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-211 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BASS

A continuation of ILBS-211. Study of contemporary written bass parts as encountered in shows and recording sessions, principally in soul, funk, and R&B styles featuring challenging notated beat subdivisions.

Bass Lab – Advanced Rhythmic Language

ILBS-324

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4444 or PIBS-212
Department: BASS

Development of rhythmic language ability through study of principles of temporal articulation and elaboration: creation of polymeter and polyrhythm via grouping of subdivisions of the basic meter. Use of subtle tempo change (rubato) within established rhythmic and harmonic contexts for expressive purposes in live performance as well as automated recording environments. Note: Performance majors are given preference in enrollment.

John Coltrane Bass Lines

ILBS-327

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 5555
Department: BASS

Study of the music of John Coltrane from the perspective of developing bass lines. Particularities of harmony and rhythm in interpretation of both original and standard tunes.

Arco Bass in the Jazz Idiom

ILBS-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-211 and ensemble rating 4 in improvisation (third digit of rating)
Department: BASS

A lab offering various applications for the bowed bass in jazz, for bass principals who have acquired basic arco technique and possess some knowledge of improvisation. Bowing skills learned will be applicable to melody playing, soloing, and accompaniment.

Bass Guitar MIDI Controller Lab

ILBS-334

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-112 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department: BASS

Study of the MIDI bass guitar controller as a doubling instrument. Aspects of setting up a system, necessary adaptations of technique, and necessary expansion of musical horizons will be explored using Berklee-supplied MIDI equipment and playing representative repertoire.

Five- and Six- String Electric Bass Chord Lab

ILBS-344

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-212 and ensemble rating 4444
Department: BASS

A study of various approaches and voicings that are possible on the five- and six-string bass as well as inversions, octave displacements, playing changes through a tune, and playing melodies with chord sound accompanying.

Slap Techniques for Electric Bass 2

ILBS-351

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ILBS-251
Department: BASS

Students will learn how to incorporate advanced slapping techniques in order to construct effective lines and solos. Emphasis will be on solid groove playing between drums and bass, with special stress on consistency. Students will study and perform transcriptions of classic funk bass lines as an aid to learning proper integration of technique, sound, and feel.

Latin Bass Lines

ILBS-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ILBS-364, PIBS-212, or ensemble rating 5 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: BASS

A performance lab focusing on the development, interpretation, and performance of bass lines in the Latin jazz ensemble setting. Includes the study of characteristic melodies in this style.

Bass Lab – Sight-Reading Latin Rhythms

ILBS-364

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 5 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: BASS

Development of effective ability to sight-read typical bass parts in Latin styles. Patterns derived using actual recordings in specific idioms, including son, songo, cha-cha, bolero, merengue, and salsa.

Bass Lab – Advanced Reading

ILBS-421

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4444 or PIBS-212
Department: BASS

Methods of approach to, and practice in, reading examples of high difficulty in various music styles including classical, jazz, and rock.

Bach Cello Suites for Bowed Double Bass

ILBS-481

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ILBS-284, ILBS-331, or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BASS

A lab for bass principals that uses the cello suites of J.S. Bach to develop arco performance skills. The goals of the course are to build technique using the bow and musicality through the study of masterpieces. Students will be assigned individual movements of a suite and perform in a master-class setting.

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