Bass Lessons for Upright Bass and Bass Guitar.
Bass Lessons and where to start. Studying with a good bass teacher is important for the beginning student and can also be beneficial to those that are more experienced. Sometimes just hearing a different perspective on a common topic or device can inspire motivation and the rejuvenate the creative thought process.
Depending on where you are, it can be difficult to find a good teacher. Over the years of teaching different levels of students I have developed a system that enables a student to work on what they are interested in, while learning rudiments and fundamentals at the same time.
A developed system.
Heres an example. Working on a jazz walking bass line.
A student comes in and wants to learn the intro to So What by Miles Davis. Working out the bass line involves many different aspects. Theres the technical side, how to finger the bass line on either upright bass or bass guitar. What is the underlying harmony or function of the piece being played ? As well as the ear training side, listening to the piece of music and finding it on the bass.
Working out a part, if done correctly can help you to learn more than one thing at the same time.
My lessons work around this strategy of using fundamental bass building blocks. Developing an awareness of jazz harmony, ear training and technical facility while learning a piece or topic the student enjoys.
Its a matter of making a series of small steps that combine to make the player much more experienced as a bass player in any setting.
- Walking bass line construction
- Jazz harmony
- Developing a jazz repertoire (learning tunes)
- Recognizing the common chord sequences most often found in jazz
- Ear training
- Technical studies
- Sight reading
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I use the same type of lesson system made famous by the great jazz teacher Charlie Banacos. Its a series of recorded lessons to work on areas the student wants to learn sent via email.