This is the first installment of a new video series that I’m producing called Rants & Raves. In this first episode, I discuss and reveal the biggest kept secret in music education.
This video series is based on all things music centric related to music education, the music industry, improvisational methodologies, practice principles, long standing myths, personal stories and the rest; breaking down (what is in my opinion) the worst and the best!
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Joe Hubbard has launched his sixth self-published book, The Chord Tone Sudoku Workbook. Hubbard, a renowned bass guitar player, author, jazz recording artist and respected educator, reveals the concept of chord tone recognition in his latest book.
With an in-depth selection of musical examples and exercises, The Chord Tone Sudoku Workbook, is one of the most complete studies of chord tones available for bass guitarists of any level. This book is more than just a method book, taking you deep inside the bass guitar fingerboard and into the world of chord tone recognition.
Playing chords on the bass guitar can create a double edge sword because the time that you would spend applying this to a performance scenario is extremely limiting, unless you are planning on becoming a solo bass performer. So, what possible advantages could we be gaining from spending our precious practice time on learning creative chordal connections?
Learning how to play chords on the bass guitar is most beneficial from the standpoint of training our ears to hear chords being played simultaneously, while developing the skills to identify different chord qualities with greater clarity and speed.
So, you want to be a musician? That’s great news, but how are you going do that? Well, one way to get started is learning something about Western music, which is comprised of tonal and atonal music. Ninety-nine percent of all the music you’ll end up playing will probably lean on the side of tonal music, so that’s a good starting point. The building blocks of Western music that you will need to know from the get-go consist of melody, rhythm and harmony.
Superimpositions are used by all great improvisers, but are often taught as ‘substitutions’ which can be confusing when you are trying to understand how to apply this information while improvising over a tune.
Succinctly put, substitutions are replacements for the harmonic content within a song and are often chosen to re-harmonise the composition in question, working to co-exist with the original melody. On the other hand, superimpositions consist of melodic and rhythmic content that are ‘layered’ on top of the existing harmonic progression.