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Building Improvisation: Master Your Fingerboard Part III : Jazz Improvisation With Andrea Fascetti

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Meet Andrea Fascetti –

Hi my friends! First of all, thank you for the positive feedback about these lessons!

In this issue we’ll continue on from our past lessons… but instead of using Major 7th chords, we will replace them with Minor 7th chords!

Before beginning, I want to repeat the purpose of these exercises. Many of the younger players do not seem to understand this work. Like all musicians, we are the product of what we practice. If we strongly practice chord structures, not only will we increase speed and dexterity, but we will develop a great knowledge of the fingerboard, and we’ll be able to quickly transpose it in a musical context. Remember that 99% of bass playing is related to chords…check MTV if you don’t believe me.

Okay! We all enjoy our particular bass heroes, and as far as myself, I tend to play in a rather unconventional style. But I think that before we aspire to be heroes, we need to build a strong basis to work from, and strive to be able to play in any musical context. I have several young students with INCREDIBLE chops, and yet they are not able to navigate through some chord changes.

I strongly recommend that you try and learn what’s been featured in this column. I know you all enjoy working on your chops, techniques, and tricks, but make sure to put time in on the more serious aspects of playing as well.

Now it’s time for homework…

Example 1. Take a Cminor7 two-octave arpeggio up and down (C Eb G Bb C Eb G Bb G Eb C Bb G Eb C). Force yourself to play it very slowly, and without a metronome. Say the name of the notes while practicing. REMEMBER: No groove… Nothing! Only you and the notes! Now start to practice all the notes using only one string (where possible), then two strings, then three strings, and finally four strings. Practice in this way over-and-over until the fingerboard becomes your best friend. Then you can increase the speed and play it faster. This is a great way to learn the fingerboard and learn many ways to look at arpeggios and scales. This is also one of the secrets to enhancing “the art of improvisation.”

If you have a multi-string instrument like myself (5/6/ or 7 string) the same method applies for extra strings! I hope you enjoy this challenging exercise!

Thank you very much, my friends… Andrea
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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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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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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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