Introduction to Latin Jazz Bass Playing
Students will learn the basics of Latin jazz bass playing. Emphasis on Cuban and Brazilian music and rhythms from the '20s through the '60s.
Brazilian Bass Lab
This is an instrumental lab for bassists that focuses on the Brazilian styles of bossa nova, samba, partido alto, chorinho, and afoxé. Weekly assignments will cover a wide range of Brazilian music repertoire, including bass lines and melodies. Students will be exposed to reading in 2/4, 4/4, and cut-time meters, as well as Brazilian percussion instruments and their patterns.
Playing in Odd Meters
This lab serves as an introduction to improvising and playing music in odd and unusual meters in various styles of jazz, rock, funk, global music, etc. Students will be exposed to a variety of bass lines transcribed from masters of different styles and receive guidance on how to invent suitable bass lines for various odd-meter styles.
Blues Bass Lab
An instrumental lab for bass players that concentrates on blues forms and the various musical styles (R&B, jazz, rock, Dixieland, pop, etc.) in which they are performed.
Bass Lab – Singing and Playing
A lab for bass principals wishing to begin coordinating their playing with singing, or to further develop their skills playing while singing. In addition to opening a new range of working possibilities, this study will significantly expand students' musicianship levels by developing musical independence and multitasking skills.
This course will introduce the double bass student to orchestral performance. Basic bowing techniques will be covered and suitable études will be presented for practice.
Orchestral Repertoire Workshop for Double Bass
This course will introduce the double bass student to orchestral playing. Suitable orchestral literature will be presented for practice.
Reading Contemporary Bass Rhythms
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
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
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
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
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.