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Building Improvisation FAQ’s : Jazz Improvisation With Andrea Fascetti

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Meet Andrea Fascetti –

Hi my friends! Thank you very much for interest in my column. I have received some emails about my work and am very happy to make clear some concepts that I mentioned in the last lesson.

Some bassists want to know why we have to learn all types of chords. It’s certainly true that most of the time we use major, minor and dominant 7th chords, but often in modern bass players like John Patitucci or musicians like Michael Brecker, Chick Corea or John Scofield, for example, we appreciate beautiful harmonies full of chords as mentioned in last lesson. For example, check out John Patitucci’s “Our Family” (from his debut album)… Here we find beautiful sounds.

Often my students ask me why I insist on studying jazz. They don’t know that most famous players from other music genres have great jazz skills. Learn the rules, and then adapt it to the music you love. Our goal is to achieve a great musical knowledge…. so we are ready to face every situation!

Some friends want to know if practicing with a metronome is right… this is an important question! I remember my early years; I studied double bass in La Spezia Conservatory. It was like living’ in a nightmare! I played double bass with the bow (it’s really difficult) while I read music and played along with a metronome. I just remember his awful sound when my teacher said, “Andrea what are you doing?” I stopped playing… I said to my teacher that, “I can’t learn three things at the same time.” I hurt him, but it was a great person and a great teacher… he understood.

One month later, he said I was right! I was inexperienced, was a bad music reader and my bow technique was poor, so using a metronome created big problems for me. The purpose of this little story is this: If you don’t know very well what you’re practicing, don’t use a metronome! Play the music note by note, slowly, sometimes out of time… let your brain learn all information correctly. You can use metronome when you have all notes under your fingers. At this second stage, a metronome is a great friend. (In the next lesson I’ll teach you some great ways to use it.) And please remember… obviously, this is my personal point of view.

Okay… now it’s time to talk about homework. First of all, please review the chords you learned in past lesson.

Next download the lesson at the bottom of this page.

In ex.1 you have to sing all the chord tones for each type of chord, up and down the chord, along when you’re practicing.

In ex 2 you sing chord tones in all 12 keys, so your ears will become familiar with the sound of each chord.

Ex 3 is this… take a single type of chord then play all chord tones as fast as you can. AS FAST AS YOU CAN! Next time I’ll explain this concept.

It would be great if you can play chords with a piano or a keyboard. If you don’t play keyboards, you can use music software and listen over and over to the sounds.

I know it’s a lot of work my friends………..but…..no pain, no gain!

I wish you the best of success with all your musical endeavors.

Thank you for interest in my lesson.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Ciao!
Andrea

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Gear News: Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth Now Available in the U.S.

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Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth

Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth Now Available in the U.S….

The Future Impact V4 is an incredibly versatile pedal with an exceptionally wide range of sounds. In addition to producing synthesizer sounds such as basses, leads and pads, it can function as an octaver, chorus, flanger, phaser, distortion, envelope filter, traditional wah-wah, tremolo, reverb, etc., and even has a built-in tuner. It can also drive external synthesizer gear via the optional CV/Gate. As such, it can potentially replace an entire pedalboard of dedicated single-effect pedals. 

The very powerful signal processor of the Future Impact V4 is able to replicate the various oscillator, filter, amplifier and envelope generator blocks found in classic synthesizers. In addition, it contains signal processing blocks more traditionally used for processing the sound of an instrument such as a harmonizer block and audio effects such as chorus, distortion and EQ. These architectures complement each other in a very flexible way.

Check out this short video with new sounds:

The Future Impact V4 has a completely new hardware platform with numerous enhancements, some of which are:

– 32-bit ultra-low-noise analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters
– New app-based software architecture 
– Vastly advanced pitch tracking based on 30+ years of experience
– Hard Sync between oscillators to open new sonic worlds
– On-pedal edits that can be saved into program memories
– Total compatibility with all previous Deep Impact and Future Impact patches

Setting the standard for the bass guitar synth pedals since 2015, together with an enthusiastic community and long line of great artists, the Future Impact V4 is the guitar synth platform for the next decade. 

For more information, visit online at pandamidi.com/bass-guitar-synth

Exclusive U.S. distribution by Tech 21 USA, Inc

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July 8 – This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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New Gear: Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars

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New Gear: Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars

Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars…

Cort Guitars creates instruments that musicians love to play. The Artisan Series is for the bass player who knows the value of playing a tone-rich, affordable bass guitar that can hold up the back end. Cort Guitars launches the next phase of the series: The Artisan C Deluxe.

The Artisan C Deluxe was created with the serious bass player in mind. It is a bolt-on beauty made of lightweight poplar that allows for ease of playability with all the robust tone Cort basses are known for. The Artisan C4 and C5 Deluxe boast a pristine Hard maple neck with jatoba fretboard, 24 frets with White Dot inlays, and a 34” scale length. One more feature is the 18mm string spacing at the bridge on the C5 making playability a breeze for all styles.

This workhorse of a bass guitar comes in an array of gorgeous colors: Candy Red, Candy Blue, and Black, all tricked out with black hardware to easily stand out on stage and in front of the crowd. Bartolini® MK-1 pickups pack a punch with unparalleled clarity. A Markbass® MB-1 preamp controls Bass, Mid, Treble, Master Volume, Pickup Balancer, and an active/passive switch to manage all of the grooves and low end. The MetalCraft M4 Bridge offers better body contact and transfer of tone. Its dual-string loading system makes for easy string changes, either from the top or through the body. D’Addario® EXL165 strings complete this stellar instrument.

The Artisan C Deluxe is the go-to bass for any bass player looking to upgrade their instrument in looks and playability. No matter the genre, the Artisan C Deluxe outperforms the competition. To see the Artisan C4 Deluxe and Artisan C5 Deluxe, visit www.cortguitars.com.

Artisan C4 Deluxe Street Price: $449.00 USD
Artisan C5 Deluxe Street Price: $499.00 USD

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #4 – Boutique and Vintage Basses, Dress Code for Summer Gigs

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

Here is episode 4 of WCZ, we discuss boutique and vintage basses in the working-class gig world, as well as navigating the heat and dress code for outdoor summer gigs. Plus another installment of ‘Sure it’s awesome but, is it necessary?’

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Jul 1 – This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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FEATURED @adamovicbasses @jermsbass @astluthier @cb_basses @officialspector @marleaux_bassguitars @lecomptebass @ramabass.ok @mattissonbass @mauriziouberbasses

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