Courses

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

ILBS-284

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-281 (bass principals) or written approval of course chair (non-bass principals)
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course will introduce the double bass student to orchestral playing. Suitable orchestral literature will be presented for practice.

ILBS-290

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

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.

ILBS-291

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

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. 

ILBS-292

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

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. 

ILBS-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-211 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of ILBS-211. Study of contemporary written bass parts as encountered in shows and recording sessions, principally in soul, funk, and R&B styles featuring challenging notated beat subdivisions.

ILBS-324

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4444 or PIBS-212
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Development of rhythmic language ability through study of principles of temporal articulation and elaboration: creation of polymeter and polyrhythm via grouping of subdivisions of the basic meter. Use of subtle tempo change (rubato) within established rhythmic and harmonic contexts for expressive purposes in live performance as well as automated recording environments. Note: Performance majors are given preference in enrollment.

ILBS-327

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

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