BASS GUITAR AREAS OF STUDY
- Reading and Writing Nashville Number Charts
- Reading and Writing Lead Sheets
- Reading and Writing Notation
- Understanding of Theory and Harmony
- Ear Training (in relation to Harmony and Nashville Numbers)
- Electric and Upright Bass
- Knowledge of gear and tones
- Being an authentic bass player in any genre (Pop, Country, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, R&B, Funk, Singer Songwriter and more)
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Improv (Building Bass Lines, Walking Bass Lines and Improv)
- Playing Techniques (Finger Style, Playing With a Pick, Slap, Muted Sound with Palm and Thumb Techniques)
- Studio Work (Arranging, Producing, Being Able to Please the Artist)
- Memorization (Songs, Lines, Solos)
- 5 and 4 String Basses
- Locking with A Drummer
- Understanding of Rhythm and Beat Placement
- Leading a Band/Rehearsal
BASS GUITAR, THE ROOT OF IT ALL
The bass guitar serves a very important role in music. Science has proven that bassists are one of the most important band members…sorry singers!
Bass guitar provides very vital and fundamental roles in music and varied ensembles. Traditionally, the bass provided rhythmic and harmonic foundation. When is the last time you saw or heard a band without bass? The third function and role of a bass player is melody.
BASS GUITAR ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE BASS
What would all of those great Motown songs be without those memorable bass lines…not to mention those grooves and that tone! Paul McCartney just wasn’t the cute one, he is a brilliant melodic bass player, often providing a wonderful counterpoint to all of those tremendous melodies.