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Bass Bassics. Alex Ramirez Email: [email protected] Welcome Bass Players!!. Our goals for this session are: Review basic bass playing techniques Analyze famous bass lines Create our own bass grooves and fills. Session Overview. Getting Started (15 min.)

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Bass bassics

Bass Bassics

Alex Ramirez

Email: [email protected]


Welcome bass players

Welcome Bass Players!!

  • Our goals for this session are:

  • Review basic bass playing techniques

  • Analyze famous bass lines

  • Create our own bass grooves and fills


Session overview

Session Overview

  • Getting Started (15 min.)

    • Review of left- and right hand techniques

  • Analyzing Bass Lines (20 min.)

    • Scale structures

    • Chord Structures

  • Creating Bass Lines (25 min.)

    • Rock

    • Blues

    • Funk


Getting started

Getting Started

  • Comparing the bass and guitar

  • Tuning the bass

    • 7th fret tuning

  • Right hand techniques

    • Finger-style (walking)

    • Pick-style (plectrum)

    • Slapping/Popping : “Running with the Devil”

    • Dead Notes


Analyzing bass lines

Analyzing Bass Lines

  • “I Just Called to Say I Love You”

    • Root, 5th, Octave

  • “Brown-Eyed Girl”

    • Root, 3rd, 5th

  • “Jailhouse Rock”

    • Pentatonic

  • “Play that Funky Music”

    • Minor Pentatonic (Root, 4th , 5th, 7th)


Creating bass grooves

Creating Bass Grooves

  • Deconstructing “Stand By Me”

    • Rhythmic and harmonic elements

  • Rock Groove

    • One Note

    • Triad

  • Blues

    • Pentatonic

  • Funk

    • Minor Pentatonic


Common bass fill shapes

Common Bass Fill Shapes


Tips for lkr classrooms

Tips for LKR Classrooms

  • Keep the basses playing

    • Young bassists need to build stamina!

  • Support Guitar, Keyboards, Drums

  • Maintain proper technique

    • Left-hand (all fingers down)

    • Right-hand (coordination + tone quality= success)

  • Encourage study of upright bass

    • Many bassists play both

    • Continue development on bass guitar


Recommended listening

Recommended Listening:

  • JacoPasotorius (jazz): Weather Report, Modern Bass Guitar (video), solo work

  • Paul McCartney (rock): any Beatles album

  • John Paul Jones (rock): Led Zeppelin

  • Victor Wooten (jazz): Bela Fleck, solo work, videos

  • Steve Harris (heavy metal): Iron Maiden

  • Cliff Burton (heavy metal): Metallica

  • Jeff Berlin (jazz): solo work


Congratulations

Congratulations!

  • You are now an awesome bass player!

  • You have learned how to:

    • Create your own bass lines

    • Create your own grooves and fills

    • Be totally funkadelic


Thank you

Thank You!

  • The End


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