Courses

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 Code: 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.

Pedalogy: Effects for Bass

ILBS-P130

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

Hands-on training using current digital equipment and electronic effect devices including reverbs, delays, EQ, compressors, distortion, loopers, and synth-modules. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these effects, including practical skills in order to master their use in actual performance situations.

Jaco Pastorius Bass Lab

ILBS-P201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-211 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: BASS

ILBS-P201 is intended to provide intermediate and advanced bass students with the opportunity to closely study the style, technique, and writing of the legendary Jaco Pastorius. The semester will begin with early Jaco recordings, his first solo record, Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, and others. Students will have the opportunity to listen, analyze, and play songs, bass lines, and solos from each phase. The semester will progress with mid and then later recordings, always focusing on the more influential and monumental pieces. Video footage from both YouTube and Jaco's own instructional videos will be included. Students will develop grooves and compositions in Jaco's style.

The Music of Paul Chambers

ILBS-P202

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

The Music of Paul Chambers is a bass playing lab. This course is a study of the style of Paul Chambers's jazz bass performance. Through listening and analysis, practice, and performance, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of the bass lines and solos that are the epitome of jazz bass. Often called The Bird of the Bass, Paul Chambers's playing is the cornerstone of countless classic recordings from the bebop era.

Metal Bass

ILBS-P220

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

The student will study style, interpretation, and creativity, via performance of transcriptions and ‚études from various artists in the metal style. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of metal bass playing. Topics will include playing in odd meters, tapping, finger style, energy level, attitude, picking, slap, alternate tunings, and focus on economy of motion.

Gospel Bass Lab

ILBS-P385

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

A bass lab designed to explore, examine, and perform both traditional and contemporary gospel music. This course will introduce the student to various styles of gospel, including hymns, spirituals, praise, and worship. This course will also explore major figures in the genre, such as Abraham Laboriel, Joel Smith, Andrew Gouche, and Fred Hammond, and their inspirations and mentors, including Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, and Jimmy Haslip. Students will study from both historical and musical/technical perspectives, including the relationship between bass and organ, learning quickly by rote, and pertinent harmonic considerations for the various styles within gospel.

Survey of Bass Styles

PFSS-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BASS

The study of the bass in the styles of Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, experimental, fusion, and others. In-depth analysis of the function of the bass as part of the rhythm section and as a solo voice. Some of the players heard and discussed are Pop Foster, Walter Page, Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, and Jaco Pastorius.

Private Instruction 1 - Bass

PIBS-111

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

Principal instrument study level 1 bass.

Private Instruction 2 - Bass

PIBS-112

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

Principal instrument study level 2 bass.

Private Instruction 3 - Bass

PIBS-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-112
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 3 bass.

Private Instruction 4 - Bass

PIBS-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-211
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 4 bass.

Private Instruction 5 - Bass

PIBS-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-212
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 5 bass.

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