Category Archives: Jazz Bass Guitar Instruction
In order to develop the understanding of the evolutionary process of jazz, you need to understand the music that has come before. Many young players are deluded by trying to develop what they deem as their ‘own style’ without first spending many years studying the great bass players from the past and thus, learning to pay their dues. Learning how to play the bass is an evolutionary process that you must be aware of in order to improve your skills.
“Music is the vernacular of the human soul.” –Geoffrey Latham
Music is a language. It has rules and needless to say, if you want to be considered to be a good bass guitar player, you are going to have to learn the language of music – tonal principles, harmonic structures, rhythmic considerations, song forms, melodic permutations, etc – in order to develop the skills required to improvise. For the great unwashed improvisation is the ability play on your instrument what you hear in your head; responding and reacting on the fly through the continuous flow of non-stop music.
I never got to say goodbye. Somewhat like a respected father figure or friendly military drill sergeant, the profound effect that he had on me was unparalleled. It was a year ago today that my jazz improvisation teacher – Charlie Banacos – passed away after a brutal battle with cancer. Charlie was only 63 when he died. His influence on modern music as one of the major jazz educators and improvisation experts of our time is prolific to say the least.