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Chromatic Approaches Part VI with Andrea Fascetti

Andrea-Fascetti-article-pictireHI MY “BASS FRIENDS” AND COLLEAGUES!

I’M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE AGAIN. BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE IS REALLY FANTASTIC!

OK… HOW ARE YOU? I HOPE ALL IS OK FOR YOU, BECAUSE TODAY WE WILL USE A NEW TECNIQUE CALLED CHROMATIC APPROACHES!

THIS IS A COURSE ABOUT IMPROVISATION, AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE STOPS TO TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS, LIKE EAR TRAINING OR DAILY SCHEDULING… EVEN THOUGHT THEY MAY SEEM LIKE DETOURS, THEY ARE PRIMARY FOR A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THE COURSE.

I ALWAYS TALK ABOUT JAZZ IMPROVISATION BECAUSE IN JAZZ MUSIC YOU FIND ALL OF TECNIQUES THAT ALL GREAT BASS IMPROVISERS USE. OBVIOUSLY, AFTER YOU HAVE LEARNED ALL THE TECNIQUES, YOU CAN PLAY THE KIND OF MUSIC YOU PREFER (SMILE).

DURING LAST LESSON WE PUT THE EXERCISES INTO ACTION, SO NOW YOU CAN USE MY FITH LESSON OVER CHROMATICS APPROACHES AS AN EXAMPLE FOR CREATING YOUR OWN EXERCISES.

DURING THE NEXT LESSONS, WE’LL GO ON TO DISCOVER SOME USEFUL EXERCISES ABOUT CHROMATIC APPROACHES, THAT WE’LL USE OVER THE LIST OF VOICINGS I HAVE SHOWN YOU IN MY FIRST LESSON (YOU CAN FIND ALL EXERCISES IN BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE.)

REMEMBER THAT CHROMATICS ARE THE CORE OF BEBOP, THE

FIRST “MUSICAL LANGUAGE” WE HAVE TO KNOW IF WE WANT TO DO A GREAT JOB WITH IMPROVISATION!

NOW, THIS LESSON IS THE SIXTH IN A LONG SERIES DEDICATED TO BEBOP STYLE. HEY, MY FRIENDS…  I HOPE YOU STUDIED ALL MY PAST LESSONS ABOUT THIS ARGUMENT!

EXERCISES:

Chromatic Approaches Part VI

1) TAKE THE EXERCISE. WHAT HAPPENS HERE? I USE A C DIMINISHED ARPEGGIO.Y OU HAVE TO APPROACH CHROMATICALLY EVERY NOTE IN THE ARPEGGIO FROM THE LOWEST NOTE TO THE HIGHEST NOTE THAT YOU FIND IN YOUR INSTRUMENT (THIS IS WRITTEN FOR A 24 FRETS 4 STRING BASS… BUT YOU CAN ADAPT IT TO EVERY BASS)

REMEMBER: DO NOT USE A METRONOME; ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE THE EXERCISE “UNDER YOUR FINGERS”, CAN YOU USE A METRONOME. AS USUAL PLAY THE EXERCISE AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

2) TRANPOSE THE EXERCISE IN ALL KEYS!

NOW A CLOSING WORD ABOUT MY FRIEND AND MENTOR CHARLIE BANACOS, WHO TAUGHT ME ALL I KNOW ABOUT MUSIC… ALL EXERCISES FROM CHROMATICS ARE INSPIRED BY HIM.

CIAO

STAY TUNED

ANDREA

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