Courses

Private Instruction 6 - Bass

PIBS-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-311
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 6 bass.

Private Instruction 7 - Bass

PIBS-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-312
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 7 bass.

Private Instruction 8 - Bass

PIBS-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-411
Department Code: BASS

Principal instrument study level 8 bass.

Fundamentals of Improvisation for Bass

PSBS-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: BASS

Application of scales, modes, arpeggios, and passing tones to improvisation on the bass. Study of repertoire and recordings is utilized to discuss and analyze major bass styles and performers.

Concepts for Jazz Bass Lines

PSBS-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4, PIBS-211, or by audition
Department Code: BASS

A systematic approach to forming well-defined bass lines. The topics covered include writing bass lines, outlining chord sound and approach techniques, rhythmic effects, broken time-feels, and the use of pedals. Students are required to demonstrate various topics by performing their written bass lines over given chord progressions.

Electric Bass Performance Styles

PSBS-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231; and PIBS-211 (PERF majors) or PIBS-212 (other majors)
Department Code: BASS

A performance history of the electric bass from the 1950s to the present. This survey will include a detailed study of selected electric bass masters including Monk Montgomery, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Will Lee. Students will transcribe and analyze selected bass parts and present their findings.

Jazz Masters of the Bass

PSBS-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231, and bass private instruction level 4
Department Code: BASS

Students will transcribe and perform solos and lines of major bass players in jazz. Projects chosen to reflect many different styles found throughout the history of jazz. Emphasis on major innovators including Pops Foster, Walter Page, Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, and Scott LaFaro.

Bass in the Free Improvisation Idiom

PSBS-375

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4 or PIBS-212
Department Code: BASS

Development of a personal approach to improvisation through application of motivic development, harmolodic phrasing, and descriptive imagery through musical expression: dynamics, emotions, colors, shapes, and textures. Study of techniques found in the music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Lester Bowie, Charlie Haden, Cecil McBee, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, John Scofield, Dave Holland, and other improvisers.

Advanced Improvisation Techniques for Bass

PSBS-425

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department Code: BASS

Application of modern and traditional techniques of improvisation for bass. Creating melodic and harmonic concepts through the tools of scales, arpeggios, modal harmony, reharmonization, and rhythmic interpretation. Analysis and application of the principles of harmonic progression in improvisation.

Latin Jazz Masters

PSBS-P345

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

Chronological study of bass performance and styles in Latin America.

Tai Chi Chuan for Musicians: Grand Ultimate Fist

PSH-P260

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

Tai Chi Chuan, or Grand Ultimate Fist, is a moving meditation/exercise/martial art that can compliment and energize one's studies, music, and all the activities and demands of a busy Berklee day. Traditionally, it is an internal yin style that develops grounding and relaxation. It is also a constantly evolving art and science that promotes physical, mental, and emotional balance, and is a useful tool for identifying playing-related tension patterns and opening constricted channels of the body, including arms, wrists, neck, back, and fingers. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow, flowing, no-sweat exercise with excellent health benefits that requires no uniforms or equipment and only a moderate amount of floor space to perform. This course will lead you through the first 20 postures of the 60 movement form developed by Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. The instructor will explain how this relates to healthier practice, performance, and endurance. Once the complete choreography is learned, this short from will be incorporated into your daily routine and would require only a few minutes to complete.

Recital Preparation 1 - Bass

RPBS-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBS-212 and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIBS-311
Department Code: BASS

Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.

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