What is the course about?
Explore the roles of the bass guitar in jazz and popular musical styles and genres. This advanced study will help you to develop left and right hand playing techniques, and the harmonic vocabulary you need to create basslines.
What will we cover?
• diatonic major scales and arpeggios
• diatonic minor scales and arpeggios
• Right hand techniques e.g. picking, slaps
• Improvisation in bass lines and solos
• the use of modes in accompaniment and soloing
• the blues scale and its application
• basic chromatic theory and its application
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Play with confidence and dexterity in both hands
• Create interesting bass lines from chord charts
• Improvise melodic solos
• hold a groove in rock, funk, latin, swing jazz
• Perform with a small ensemble with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for bass guitarists with at least 4 years’ playing experience, and formal education including the ability to read music in the bass clef.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This group class will be taught through tutor demonstration and explanation, playing together and individually, and some class discussion. Some amplification is supplied.
Practice between classes is essential to your progress, and to the momentum of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your bass, a lead, manuscript paper and a pencil.
The tutor will supply all musical materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may progress to next term's bass course: ME639a.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details