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.
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.
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.
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.
The Music of Paul Chambers is a bass playing lab. This course is a study of the style of Paul Chambers's jazz bass performance. Through listening and analysis, practice, and performance, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of the bass lines and solos that are the epitome of jazz bass. Often called The Bird of the Bass, Paul Chambers's playing is the cornerstone of countless classic recordings from the bebop era.