Author Archives: Joe Hubbard
There is a litany of finger exercises, but sadly, most of them just serve to wiggle your fingers and nothing more. What you want is something to warm up with that engages all three of the senses and relates to something musically- right?
12-tone rows are a great musical source to sink your teeth into, that are melodic studies relating to the chromatic scale. Music that is entirely based on the chromatic scale is called atonal, but what you might not know is that many of the more modern jazz players use atonal ideas over tonal music!
Finger funk grooves became popular in the 70’s and have continued to be a major source of inspiration for pop, rock, smooth jazz and fusion music. The rhythmical feel suggested by the bass lines has a distinct sound where the 16 note is the main rhythmical subdivision against the pulse. Playing finger funk grooves requires a strong punchy right hand attack where the rhythmical phrases are played with a more staccato phrasing.
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Acclaimed bass player, educator and jazz fusion recording artist Joe Hubbard has just released his fifth self-published book entitled, How to Practice with Maximum Efficiency! This book will change the way you look at practicing a musical instrument forever.
Consisting of 61 different concepts or ‘practice hacks’, Hubbard takes you on a journey of musical self-discovery, debunking many myths along the way, as well as demystifying the essential steps necessary to becoming a proficient and competent musician.
Rhythmic Displacement is a concept based on being able to hear and perform rhythmic patterns starting on different subdivisions of the beat. The new superimposed rhythm creates an interesting illusion with the lines you are playing, which in turn creates tension. This lesson is aimed at giving you usable ideas for improvising walking bass lines using the concept of Rhythmic Displacement. Learning to switch from one concept to another while improvising can be quite challenging!
Geographically, Brazilian bass grooves come from the South American country of Brazil. Like jazz, the rhythms of Brazilian musical styles are heavily influenced by African rhythms.
Brazilian music is vast in its complexity and history. To understand this music in an authentic manner can take years to master, so this lesson only serves an introductory launching pad and to enable you to understand the ‘essence’ of these grooves as applied to jazz and popular music.