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.
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?”
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.
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.’
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.
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!
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!