An instrumental lab for bass players focusing on the musical relationship between performers in an ensemble. Rehearsal and performance of music arranged for this class will facilitate the learning process.
This course explores Gary Willis’s approach to music and creativity in an interactive workshop environment. Students will learn from Willis’s 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.
Students will learn the basics of Latin jazz bass playing. Emphasis on Cuban and Brazilian music and rhythms from the '20s through the '60s.
This is an instrumental lab for bassists that focuses on the Brazilian styles of bossa nova, samba, partido alto, chorinho, and afoxé. Weekly assignments will cover a wide range of Brazilian music repertoire, including bass lines and melodies. Students will be exposed to reading in 2/4, 4/4, and cut-time meters, as well as Brazilian percussion instruments and their patterns.
This lab serves as an introduction to improvising and playing music in odd and unusual meters in various styles of jazz, rock, funk, global music, etc. Students will be exposed to a variety of bass lines transcribed from masters of different styles and receive guidance on how to invent suitable bass lines for various odd-meter styles.
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.
An instrumental lab for bass players that concentrates on blues forms and the various musical styles (R&B, jazz, rock, Dixieland, pop, etc.) in which they are performed.
A lab for bass principals wishing to begin coordinating their playing with singing, or to further develop their skills playing while singing. In addition to opening a new range of working possibilities, this study will significantly expand students' musicianship levels by developing musical independence and multitasking skills.
This course will introduce the double bass student to orchestral performance. Basic bowing techniques will be covered and suitable ‚études will be presented for practice.
Students will study the utilization of pick bass technique through performance of exercises, études, and transcriptions of various artists. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of pick bass playing. Topics will include holding the pick, pick choices, picking patterns, tone, angles, sweeping, economy picking, switching from finger style, and stylistic and artistic analysis.
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.
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.