Jazz Bass Lessons
Here's an outline of topics your teacher can cover with you depending on your level of ability.
- The basics of Jazz Theory.
- Building a walking bass line.
- Locking in with a drummer.
- Learning jazz standards.
- The blues and its connection to jazz.
- More advanced theory, exploration of modes, non-functional harmony, scales and their connection to chord progressions, playing horizontally or vertically over chord progressions.
- Transcriptions of bass lines of the greats, analyzing their syles.
- Expanding rhythmic connection with a drummer, using more non-traditional grooves.
- Learning songs by ear.
- Other branches of jazz, such as fusion and latin jazz.
- Transcribing solos from bass players and other instrumentalists, such as Charlie Parker.
- Advanced theory, such as pentatonic scale relationships and bi-tonal harmony.
- Creating bass lines and grooves modeled after the great bass players.
- Exploration of advanced rhythmic concepts, such as odd-meter playing.
- Work on composition and how song structure relates to improvisation.
- Transcription and analysis of some of the greats of improvisation, including John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.