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Understanding the Evolutionary Process

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.

Dave Holland with Miles

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Not Enough Time to Practice?

A common email that I often receive goes something like this:

“Hey Joe: I’ve been playing bass for many years and although I love music so much, I just can’t seem to find the time to practice.  What is your advice for how I can improve my skills even if I can’t find enough time to practice my bass?”

Not Enough Time to Practice

The answer to this question is that there are only two aspects that you have to acquire in order to successfully improve as a musician.  The first thing is having the burning desire to do it and the second factor is being able to develop an organised plan of study in order to transform that ‘burning desire’ into action.

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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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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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Can You Play Common Bass Patterns?

In this lesson we are going to take a look at developing a new approach to building and controlling how we perceive common bass patterns, more notably the root/fifth combination on the fingerboard. Historically, the common approach to learning intervals on the bass is to learn a simple fingering by rote and then string them together – usually jumping all over the fingerboard while doing this. With this approach, you are not playing the bass, but the bass is playing you!

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