Electric Bass: Intermediate

Bass Intermediate: Week #6

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: Ab Major Scale (All 3 positions)

  • Technique: N/A

  • Repertoire: I Want You Back - Chorus in Rhythm

Summary

This week we focused on reviewing the 3 transposable positions of the Ab Major Scale starting from the first, second and forth fingers. We reviewed the intro/verse of I Want You Back in rhythm and learned the chorus of I Want You Back in rhythm.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the Ab major scale in all three positions.
Comfortably play the Intro/Verse of I Want You Back in rhythm and increase the speed
Comfortably play the chorus of I Want You Back in rhythm

How to Practice this at home

Pick one scale pattern and practice it 5x at each practice session
Review the notes of the intro/verse for I Want You Back 3x then practice it 5x in rhythm
Review the notes of the chorus for I Want You Back 3x then practice it 5x in rhythm


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Bass Intermediate: Week #5

Week #5


Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: St Louis Blues - R-5 bass, New Orleans Parade

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Fills, Walking bass lines

  • Repertoire: I Want You Back - Intro/Verse in rhythm, Chorus notes.

Summary

This week we worked we continued to work on different feels over Saint Louis Blues, getting more comfortable with Root-5 syncopated bass lines and the New Orleans Parade feel. We kept working on getting the main riff of I Want You Back into rhythm and learned the notes for the verse of I Want You Back.

Assignment for next week

Be able to comfortably play through St Louis Blues with syncopated Root - 5 bass lines and New Orleans parade. Get comfortable with walking bass lines for all three chords of St Louis Blues. Be able to comfortably play through the main riff of I Want You Back in rhythm and the notes for the verse in slow quarter notes.

How to Practice this at home

Practice each of the Saint Louis Blues feels individually on each chord and across single chord changes 3x each. Then put the whole form together and play through 3x. Practice each section of the I Want You Back intro in rhythm 5x each then put the whole thing together and play along with the recording 5x. Practice each half of the I Want You Back verse notes in quarters individually and then play the whole verse together.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

I Want You Back PDF

Pete LanctotComment
Bass Intermediate: Week #4

Week #4

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: St Louis Blues

  • Scale: Eb Major

  • Technique: 1,2,3,5 bassline

  • Repertoire: I want you back first phrase in rhythm

Summary

This week we continued to work on increasing the speed of the scale and getting our 1-5 syncopated bass lines solidified for St Louis Blues. We also started to work on a basic 1,2,3,5 walking bassline for each of the three chords in St Louis Blues (It’s played like the beginning of the Major Scale, skipping the 4th note - that pattern is repeated for each of the chords). We worked on putting the main riff (the line for the intro and verse) into rhythm.

Assignment for next week

Be comfortable with playing the Eb major scale up and down in fast 8th notes. Be comfortable playing all the way through St Louis Blues with Syncopated 1-5 bass lines and be able to easily play the 1,2,3,5 walking bass lines for G,C and D chords. Be able to comfortably play the I Want You Back main riff in rhythm.

How to Practice this at home

Keep reviewing the scale and the changes to St Louis Blues. Break apart the syncopated rhythm to one chord change at a time if you need to. Practice your 1,2,3,5 bass lines one chord at a time 5x each per practice session. Practice the notes for I Want You Back out of rhythm 3x each, then practice each spot 3 times each in rhythm. Once you are comfortable with that, put the whole first phrase in rhythm.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

I Want You Back PDF

Pete LanctotComment
Bass Intermediate: Week #3

Week #3

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: I - V Syncopation

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Root, 3rd, 5th chord outlining, Chromatic Movement

  • Repertoire: St Louis Blues I - V Syncopation, Parade Feel, Notes for I Want You Back first phrase

Summary

This week we added a bunch of new things to St Louis Blues. In addition to solidifying the I - V bass movement we also added a New Orleans style “Parade” bassline outlining the full triad (Root, 3rd and 5th of the major chords). We quickly reviewed the Ab major scale, working on quarter notes up and down the scale. The big push was to learn the notes of the first phrase of I Want you Back.

Assignment for next week

Play Eb major scale comfortably up and down in quarter notes. Play St Louis Blues with I - V Syncopation and New Orleans Parade bass line comfortably and in time. Comfortably play all three sections of the notes of the first phrase of I Want You Back separately and all together.

How to Practice this at home

Play each chord change of St Louis Blues with I - V syncopation individually 5x then put the whole thing together 3x. Repeat this process with Root, 3rd, 5th parade feel. Practice each section of the notes for I Want You Back individually 5x then try playing through the whole first phrase in slow, even quarter notes.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Notes for first phrase of I Want You Back:
Ab B C Eb F Db   I C Db D Eb E I   F C Db Ab Bb Eb Ab  

Pete LanctotComment
Bass Intermediate: Week #2

Week #2

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Alternate Picking

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Syncopation (off beats), Scale theory( intervals)

  • Repertoire: St Louis Blues with alternating bass line and 8th anticipation

Summary

This week we worked on putting the Ab major scale in time in Whole notes. We learned alternating picking (down stroke and up stroke) and did some exercises to get that comfortable and even. We discussed scale theory and intervals which we’ll use in the upcoming weeks to start learning walking bass lines. We also went over syncopation - highlighting off beats- adding anticipations to Saint Louis Blues.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the Ab major scale in time in half notes. Be able to evenly play 8th notes with alternating pick stroke. Comfortably play through Saint Louis Blues with I-V alternating bass with 8th note anticipations.

How to Practice this at home

Warm up by playing 3 sets of 4 measures of 8th notes with alternating pick stroke. Go at a tempo where you can comfortably get through the 4 measures evenly. Play the Ab major scale in whole notes 3 times all the way through, up and down without a wrong note. Play through Saint Louis Blues 3 times with alternating bass notes and 8th note anticipations.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Pete LanctotComment
Bass Intermediate: Week #1

Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: St Louis Blues

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Using a pick, Parts of a chord

  • Repertoire: N/A

Summary

We jumped right back into St Louis Blues this week adding an alternating I-V bassline (outlining the outer notes of the chord) for a country/americana-ish feel. We learned the Ab major scale in a transposable position (by changing the root note and using the same finger pattern we can play any major scale). We also learned how to play using a pick rather than fingers.

Assignment for next week

Get comfortable with using a pick to play the bass, we’ll be using a pick all semester. Be able to play the two octave Ab major scale slowly up and down. Be able to play St Louis blues comfortably with the alternating bass line.

How to Practice this at home

Play through St Louis Blues 3x with alternating bass lines (break apart each chord change if you need to). Play up and down the Ab major scale 3 times pausing in between each note, making sure you are playing all the right notes. Practice using your pick on St Louis Blues, and the Scale really getting comfortable with a light pick hold.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

St Louis Blues with IV walk down PDF

Pete LanctotComment