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Jazz Bass I

Overview

A hands-on course introducing the fundamentals of bass line construction as found in common jazz styles. Topics covered include: walking bass lines in 4/4, “two-feel,” bossa nova, walking and “broken” bass lines in 3/4 (waltz) and ballad feels. Students develop reading skills and fingerboard knowledge through reading short jazz etudes and representative bass lines in various styles and develop greater rhythmic acumen and familiarity with syncopated rhythms through reading excerpts and instructor demonstration. Prerequisites: some ability to read music and intermediate technical facility on upright or electric bass.

The Jazz Bass I and II courses are designed to prepare electric and upright bassists for participation in JCMS jazz ensembles.

Thursdays 4:45 – 6:15 pm
1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks)
Glenn Richman • $395

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Bass

COURSE TITLE:  Jazz Bass I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A hands-on course introducing the fundamentals of bass line construction as found in common jazz styles. Topics covered include: walking bass lines in 4/4, “two-feel,” bossa nova, walking and “broken” bass lines in 3/4 (waltz) and ballad feels. Students develop reading skills and fingerboard knowledge through reading short jazz etudes and representative bass lines in various styles and develop greater rhythmic acumen and familiarity with syncopated rhythms through reading excerpts and instructor demonstration.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To help students gain the necessary fundamental reading and technical skills to enter into the more advanced Jazz Bass ll course.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: some ability to read music and intermediate technical facility on upright or electric bass.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

F Blues bass lines

Jazz etude in F

Week 2

F Blues bass lines

Jazz etude in F

Duo playing with instructor

Week 3

Rhythm changes bass line

Jazz etude in Bb

Duo playing with instructor

Week 4

Rhythm changes bass line

Jazz etude in Bb

Duo playing with instructor

Week 5

G Blues bass line

Jazz etude in G

Duo playing with instructor

Week 6

Bossa Nova bass line – The Girl From Ipanema

Duo playing with instructor

Week 7

Jazz Waltz bass line – Bluesette

Jazz lead sheet reading

Duo playing with instructor

Week 8

Jazz Waltz bass line – Bluesette

Jazz lead sheet reading

Duo playing with instructor

Week 9

Rhythmic figures for walking bass

Take the A Train bass line

Jazz lead sheet reading

Duo playing with instructor

Week 10

Course review

Jazz lead sheet reading

Duo playing with instructor

Glenn Richman (bass)

Mannes School of Music (1 yr); Berklee College of Music (2 yrs). Advisor, Jazzschool Bass Program; student of Buster Williams, George Mraz and Mike Longo; performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, Chet Baker, Benny Green, Dakota Staton, Chris Connor, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Billy Hart, Larry Willis, George Coleman and Mickey Roker; faculty, Brubeck Institute, UC Berkeley and Chabot College.

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