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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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Practicing with Recorded Music

A common question I get is: “Do you have any tips for practicing with recorded music?”

Your evolution as a player directly reflects what you practice, what you listen to and who you play with.  With that in mind, one of the best ways to improve as a bass player and understand a related style of music is to study, listen and play along with recorded music.  A common problem exists if all you do is aimlessly jam along without pinpointing the specifics of the music that you are attempting to learn.  So, with that in mind, the first tip is to always learn what you want to practice specifically with before you actually start practicing with recorded music.

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Charlie Banacos: The Zen Master of Jazz Improvisation

Charlie Banacos

Charlie Banacos- The Zen Master of Jazz Improvisation

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. 

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