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Increase Your Speed with Correct Practicing by Andrea Fascetti

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HI MY “BASS FRIENDS” AND COLLEAGUES! I’M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE AGAIN. BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE IS REALLY GREAT, AND I REALLY LIKE ALL OF THE COOL LESSONS AND ARTICLES HERE… FANTASTIC WORK!

IN THE LAST LESSON I TALKED ABOUT A DAILY ROUTINE THAT HELPS YOU TO PRACTICE, AND I HOPE YOU USE THIS ON YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOME A BETTER MUSICIAN.

REMEMER THAT THIS IS A COURSE ABOUT IMPROVISATION, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE HAD SOME STOPS TO TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE EAR TRAINING OR DAILY PRACTICE SCHEDULE, WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THE COURSE. OFTEN I TALK ABOUT JAZZ IMPROVISATION BECAUSE IN JAZZ MUSIC YOU FIND TECNIQUES THAT ALL GREAT BASS IMPROVISERS ARE USING. OBVIOUSLY, AFTER YOU HAVE LEARNED ALL OF THIS STUFF, YOU CAN PLAY THE KIND OF MUSIC YOU PREFER 🙂

DURING OUR NEXT LESSON, WE’LL DISCOVER SOME USEFUL EXERCISES ABOUT CHROMATIC APPROACHES (CHECK JACO, JEFF BERLIN, GARY WILLIS OR JIMMY EARL WITH CHICK COREA ELECTRIC BAND). CHROMATICS ARE THE CORE OF BEBOP (I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO CHECK MY PAST LESSONS ABOUT THE ARGUMENT).

BEBOP IS FIRST A “MUSICAL LANGUAGE” THAT WE HAVE TO KNOW IF WE WANT TO DO A GREAT JOB WITH IMPROVISATION.

TO DO THIS, I WANT TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT TECNIQUE AND SPEED. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE’LL WORK OVER REALLY “STRONG” EXERCISES THAT YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE IN A CORRECT WAY IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

NOW I WILL POSE SOME SKILLS TO HELP YOU IN AVOIDING PRACTICE MISTAKES. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS MY OPINION AND YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE A MILLION WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BASS PLAYING.

EXERCISES:

1) WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING, SOMETIMES YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOU’RE MAKING A MISTAKE… DO NOT RETURN TO THE BEGINNING; INSTEAD PRACTICE ONLY THE NOTES THAT ARE WRONG. IF YOU DO A DIFFICULT BASS LINE OR SOLO, YOU WILL MAKE SOME MISTAKES AT THE SAME POINT. REPEATING ALL OF THE LINES IS NOT USEFUL.”DELETE” THE MISTAKE… WHEN THE MISTAKES ARE  “DELETED”, GO ON WITH THE MUSIC AND DO THE SAME THING EVERYTIME YOU FIND OTHER MISTAKES… I’M SURE YOUR MUSIC WILL BE VERY GOOD… AND ABOVE ALL, YOUR BASS TECNIQUE WILL IMPROVE DRAMATICALLY!

2) IF YOU WANT TO PLAY AT FAST TEMPOS, DO NOT PLAY A COMPLETE LINE OR PHRASE. PLEASE STAY FOCUSED ON TWO OR THREE NOTES AT A TIME, AND WHEN YOU HAVE THE NOTES UNDER YOUR FINGERS, INCREASE YOUR SPEED. THEN TAKE ANOTHER SET OF NOTES AND GO AHEAD WITH THE SAME APPROACH. IF YOU DO THIS METHOD, YOU’LL NOTICE YOUR CHOPS BECOME BETTER AND BETTER.

OK? THIS A FIRST STEP ABOUT SPEED AND TECNIQUE, LATER WE’LL WORK OVER OTHER COOL EXERCISES ABOUT THIS ARGUMENT.

HOPE YOU LIKE THIS STUFF.

…A CLOSING WORD ABOUT MY FRIEND AND MENTOR CHARLIE BANACOS, WHO PASSED AWAY TWO YEARS AGO… CHARLIE WAS THE TEACHER OF MIKE STERN, JEFF BERLIN, BRUCE GERTZ, JOE HUBBARD, JIMMY EARL AND MANY OTHER GREAT MUSICIANS. MANY OF THE EXERCISES ARE INSPIRED BY HIS AWESOME MUSIC LESSONS. R.I.P MY FRIEND.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE NEXT MONTH!

CIAO

ANDREA

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (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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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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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…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

FEATURED @jermsbass @degierguitars @meridian_guitars @xvector_basses @marleaux_bassguitars @mattissonbass @alesvychodilbasses @gvguitars @thebassplace @xylembassguitar

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

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