Courses

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 Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-351

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

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.

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 Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-385

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

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.

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 Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-P291

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

Students will study through performance of transcriptions from various artists in the indie rock style. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of indie rock bass playing, including finger style, pick style, bass effects, and bass line construction. The lab emphasizes modern indie rock repertoire. 

ILBS-P292

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

Students will study through performance of transcriptions from various bassists in the punk and hardcore styles. Each bassist covered has had a signature approach that has greatly influenced the genre. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of punk and hardcore bass playing. The repertoire will range from the beginnings to the modern forms of the genres. 

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 bass.

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