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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bass lab designed to develop familiarity and performance skills in the pop repertoire. Bass lines to a number of classic pop tunes will be learned, and the ability to transpose these lines to several other keys will be developed. Students will learn harmonic sequences that are frequently used in pop music styles, and will also develop interactive and communication skills by teaching new songs to the class.
A general overview and application of different types of knowledge applied to five- and six-string bass, including but not limited to different muting techniques, two- and three-octave scales, arpeggios, intervals, reading in positions, and also discussions on various neck widths, string closeness, pick-up placement, and bolt-on necks versus neck-through basses.
Development of working knowledge of funk styles for bass, including grooves, reading syncopated rhythms, developing a good sound with thumb slapping and popping, and importance of drum/bass concepts in contemporary rock and commercial styles.
Alternately called slap bass, funk bass, or thumb and snap bass, this technique will be approached in class on a beginner's basis. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals. Developing a technical foundation through progressive exercises, students will learn to read and interpret basic slap notation. Creativity is encouraged through use of combining basic slap ideas (thumb, snap, muted notes, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs).
Development of playing skills in this style through study of the repertoire from the 1960s to the present. Chronological history of the style; development of technique, sound, and overall feel; performance of bass lines with backing tracks; appreciation of lesser-known players in this style.
This lab focuses on the techniques required to perform in the hip-hop style. Recordings and transcriptions will be presented, and students will be required to perform the bass parts and lines. Content covers the beginnings of hip-hop (rap) in New York in the late 1970s, focusing on groups such as Grandmaster Flash and others. The gospel influence of Ce Ce Winans and more contemporary hip-hop artists such as D'Angelo, the Roots, Steve Coleman, Jill Scott, and others will be presented. Drum and bass grooves will also be explored.
An instrumental lab for bass players focusing on the musical relationship between performers in an ensemble. Rehearsal and performance of music arranged for this class will facilitate the learning process.