Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

ILBS-327

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

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.

ILBS-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-211 and ensemble rating 4 in improvisation (third digit of rating)
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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-P248

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

This lab prepares the Berklee bass student to record themselves and deliver studio-quality performances to clients anywhere in the world. Increasingly, bassists are expected to work remotely with producers---they find jobs online, are sent project files, record and edit their own parts, and deliver high quality recordings---all from their home studio. To stay competitive in this environment a contemporary bassist must master the interpersonal and technical challenges of remote collaboration. Weekly assignments and in-class activities give the student the experience of working with producers to develop the perfect tone and performance for a project, then performing, recording, editing, processing, and delivering on a tight deadline. Topics include effective communication, remote collaboration, mic placement, recording equipment, performance techniques, DAW configuration, editing, sound processing, and preparing deliverables. 

ILBS-P264

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All bass and percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

This course will use the study of Afro-Cuban music as a departure point into other styles, demonstrating how to apply folkloric elements to jazz, funk, rock, pop, odd-meters, and hybrid rhythms over a common pulse. Numerous styles will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and its application to other styles, and refine groove and articulation. Please note that students should have a least a 4 in their reading rating to participate in this class.

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