Functional Harmonic Concepts

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new book- Functional Harmonic Concepts.  The book will be focused on both diatonic and non-diatonic functional harmony, along with applied exercises and ear training examples that will enable you to hear the concepts that you will run across in real tunes.  The course will include an e-book comprised of applied harmonic concepts related to the bass guitar and how to play them (including tab).  It’s going to be a complete brain dump of everything that I know about ‘Functional Harmony.’

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New Bass Video Column

I’m now a  monthly contributor for highly regarded online bass guitar site No Treble.  Click here to check out my page and bass video lessons.

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The column is geared towards the intermediate-advanced player and I’ve already got two videos up there.  Feel free to leave comments below and let me know some topics you’d like me to cover.

All the Bass!

Joe

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Warwick Bass Camp 2015

I’m really pleased to have been invited and take part in the Warwick Bass Camp 2015.  This fantastic event will host a “who’s who” of the bass guitar world including Alphonso Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Phil Chen, Bobby Vega, Doug Johns, Hadrien Feraud Adam Nitti, Steve Bailey, Jonas Helborg, Stu Hamm and the list goes on and on.  Check out the complete list of awesomeness below!

Warwick Bass Camp 2015

 

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Triad Pair Lick

The Rhythm Changes bridge, as originally written by George Gershwin is comprised of four dominant 7th chords moving through the cycle of 4ths.  The roots start on the 3rd, 6th, 2nd and 5th of the key.  Triad Pairs are an excellent way to navigate through these changes, giving you some new and more complex jazz vocabulary.  Check out the video lesson above and be sure to download the transcribed lick here.

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Joe

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Intervals- The Missing Link

Intervals are the missing link in modern music education today as it is often presented as a purely theoretical concept that has no application to what you are actually playing. In fact, the importance of intervals is abundant and having this knowledge expedites the learning process on the bass guitar exponentially. Understanding intervals goes way beyond just comprehending diatonic intervals, but extends to the chromatic intervals as well. This knowledge, along with understanding the major and minor key centers is crucial for fast tracking your capacity for grasping applied music theory.

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