Courses

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

ILBS-211

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

A continuation of ILBS-111 and ILBS-112. Material presented will advance the concepts taught in those labs. The focus will be on out-of-class preparation of written examples as well as in-class sight-reading at an advanced level.

ILBS-215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals (electric bass recommended)
Prerequisites: ILBS-112 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-220

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, Blended (Campus + Online)

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.

ILBS-225

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

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.

ILBS-230

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

The intention and purpose of this lab is to offer electric bass players the opportunity to focus on and develop an authentic voice within the modern jazz idiom. Sensibility and awareness to sound, feel, time, articulation, note duration, will be developed through listening, analysis, and performance. Listening will include the styles of iconic acoustic bassists as well as innovative electric bassists such as Steve Swallow and Bob Cranshaw.

ILBS-241

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 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.

ILBS-244

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 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.

ILBS-247

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-211 or ensemble rating 3433
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-248

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-251

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None (bass principals) or written approval of course chair (non-bass principals)
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus, Inside Berklee Courses (Online)

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).

ILBS-254

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBS-255

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 2
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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