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Jazz Bass II

Overview

Jazz Bass II is an introduction to the theory and harmony necessary to begin composing and improvising jazz bass lines, an essential skill to develop to participate in beginner and intermediate jazz ensembles at The Jazzschool and elsewhere. Topics covered include: walking bass lines in 4/4, “two-feel,” bossa nova, walking and “broken” feel lines in 3/4 (waltz) and ballad feels. Students create and perform bass lines in class each week with piano accompaniment provided by the instructor. Students also develop reading skills, fingerboard knowledge and greater rhythmic acumen through reading short jazz etudes and representative bass lines in various styles. Prerequisites: Jazz Bass I or equivalent, some ability to read music, 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.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Glenn Richman • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Bass

COURSE TITLE:  Jazz Bass II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Jazz Bass II is an introduction to the theory and harmony necessary to begin composing and improvising jazz bass lines, an essential skill to develop to participate in beginner and intermediate jazz ensembles at The Jazzschool and elsewhere. Topics covered include: walking bass lines in 4/4, “two-feel,” bossa nova, walking and “broken” feel lines in 3/4 (waltz) and ballad feels. Students create and perform bass lines in class each week with piano accompaniment provided by the instructor. Students also develop reading skills, fingerboard knowledge and greater rhythmic acumen through reading short jazz etudes and representative bass lines in various styles.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Students will gain the necessary skills to compose and improvise bass lines to jazz standards, waltzes, ballads and bossa novas. Also, students will acquire the skills necessary to be able to read jazz charts to standard tunes, thereby enabling them to audition for and play in jazz ensembles at The Jazzschool.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: Jazz Bass I or equivalent, some ability to read music, intermediate technical facility on upright or electric bass.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Bass line fundamentals

F Blues bass line study

Chord & scale drills

Chord/scale bass line study

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

Two feel bass lines

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Week 2

F Blues bass line study

Chord & scale drills

Chord/scale bass line study

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

Two feel bass lines

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Students play their composed F Blues bass lines in duo format with instructor

Instructor analysis of student compositions

Week 3

Rhythm changes bass line study

Chord & scale drills

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

Two feel bass lines

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Week 4

Autumn Leaves bass line study

Chord & scale drills

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

Two feel bass lines

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Students play their composed Rhythm changes bass lines in duo format with instructor

Instructor analysis of student compositions

Week 5

Take the A Train bass line study

Chord & scale drills

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

Two feel bass lines

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Students play their composed Autumn Leaves bass lines in duo format with instructor

Instructor analysis of student compositions

Week 6

Jazz Waltz bass line study – Bluesette

Chord & scale drills

Chord, scale & leading tone bass line study

The “broken feel” for the jazz waltz

Walking bass line in 3/4

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Students play their composed A Train bass lines in duo format with instructor

Instructor analysis of student compositions

Week 7

Bossa Nova bass lines

Bossa Nova lead sheet reading

Students play their composed Bluesette bass lines with instructor analysis

Week 8

Jazz ballad bass line study – Misty

The double time feel for ballad playing

Jazz ballad lead sheet reading

Students play bossa nova bass lines

Week 9

So What modal bass line study

Rhythmic variation for the bass line

Jazz tune lead sheet reading

Students play their composed Misty bass lines in duo format with instructor

Instructor analysis of student compositions

Week 10

Course review

Students play bass lines from the course in duo format 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.

glennrichman.com

 

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