Bass guitar: advanced

Course Dates: 25/09/19 - 27/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Paul Westwood

Develop your skills as a bassist, your understanding of rhythm, melodic roles, and playing with an ensemble or backing tracks. We will focus on groove playing in swing, rock, funk, R&B. It is essential you can read for bass. Please bring your own bass guitar and lead (amps provided).


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
groove development.

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.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


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If you want to really learn the nuts and bolts of bass guitar playing, and music in general, this is the class to be in.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
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Course Code: ME639

Wed, day, 25 Sep - 27 Nov '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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