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Spice Up Your Lines With a Dash of Chromaticism

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Understanding that ‘chord tones are king’, is often talked about but frequently misunderstood.  The whole premise of this principle is that the first step to understanding how to play over a set of chord changes is to first focus on the chord tones and not the scales as your primary source material to create meaningful and musical lines.

Once you understand this basic concept, then you must start to ‘spice up’ or embellish the chord tones to create a sense of tension and release in your lines.  This is tantamount to adding a bit of garlic or fresh chilies to a somewhat bland meal.  The source material to implement this kind of embellishment goes deep, but a good place to start is with chromatic approach notes.

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How to Warm Up!

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!

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Displacing Walking Bass Lines

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!

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The BIG 5 Brazilian Bass Grooves

 

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Lincoln Goines is one of the foremost experts on Brazilian bass grooves.

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.

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LISTEN TO A SAMPLE OF ALIEN NATION!

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Discover how 1000’s of folks have improved their muscianship skills through
understanding how to reach their personal best by challenging their current skill levels.   Joe Hubbard’s Play-Along Bundle for Bass Players and Drummers will give you that challenge and predictably enable you to grow beyond your current set of musical skills.  Click on the media player below and check out a sample of the first track of this series, Alien Nation, featuring Joe Hubbard (bass), George Whitty (keyboards) and Tom Brechtlein (Drums).

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