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.
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.
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.
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.
Methods of approach to, and practice in, reading examples of high difficulty in various music styles including classical, jazz, and rock.
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.
Hands-on training using current digital equipment and electronic effect devices including reverbs, delays, EQ, compressors, distortion, loopers, and synth-modules. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these effects, including practical skills in order to master their use in actual performance situations.
ILBS-P201 is intended to provide intermediate and advanced bass students with the opportunity to closely study the style, technique, and writing of the legendary Jaco Pastorius. The semester will begin with early Jaco recordings, his first solo record, Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, and others. Students will have the opportunity to listen, analyze, and play songs, bass lines, and solos from each phase. The semester will progress with mid and then later recordings, always focusing on the more influential and monumental pieces. Video footage from both YouTube and Jaco's own instructional videos will be included. Students will develop grooves and compositions in Jaco's style.
This course is intended to provide further study and advancement for students who have completed ILBS-P110, Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals. The course will begin with refining and developing technique and sound on the electric bass. Exercises involving arpeggios, scales, intervals, etc. are utilized to further develop fretboard knowledge and awareness. Four-part chords, scales, and modes will be introduced and used in bass line application. In addition, students will also learn basic slapping technique. Each week the bass line to a song will be learned and performed along with the recorded song.
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.
This course explores Gary Willis’ approach to music and creativity in an interactive workshop environment. Students will learn from Willis’ experience in his 30+ year career in music and will have the opportunity to interact with him on a broad range of topics including technique, improvisation, composition, and more. The composer, recording artist, author and instrument designer will share his views on creativity and how it can relate to multiple aspects of a musician’s experience.
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.