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Jazz Improvisation with Andrea Fascetti: Chromatic Approaches Part 5

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Andrea-Fascetti-article-pictireHI MY “BASS FRIENDS”…

IT IS REALLY INCREDIBLE TO BE HERE AGAIN.

I’M VERY HAPPY TO CONTINUE WITH THESE LESSONS DEDICATED TO THIS NEW TECNIQUE CALLED ‘CHROMATIC APPROACH NOTES’, THAT I LEARNED FROM MY MENTOR CHARLIE BANACOS. AS I HAVE SAID IN THE PAST, I HAVE TAKEN THE IDEA AND MODIFIED IT ON MY OWN. I TRIED IT FOR MYSELF AND THEN FOR MY STUDENTS, AND IT WORKS! NO ONE WAS REALLY ABLE TO PLAY IT VERY FAST.

DURING PAST LESSONS WE HAVE STUDIED SOME NEW EXERCISES ABOUT CHROMATIC APPROACHES AND WE USED IT OVER MAJOR SEVENTH CHORDS, MINOR SEVENTH CHORDS, DOMINANT CHORDS AND HALF DIMINISHED CHORDS.AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE REPEATED OVER AND OVER THAT IF YOU LISTEN TO THE GREAT JAZZ PLAYERS YOU NOTICE THAT CHROMATICS ARE THE CORE OF BEBOP.
BEBOP IS THE FIRST “MUSICAL LANGUAGE” WE HAVE TO KNOW IF WE WANT TO DO A GREAT JOB WITH IMPROVISATION. I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO LISTEN MODERN PLAYERS AND THE WAY THEY USE BEBOP LANGUAGE.

THIS LESSON I PROPOSE TO YOU IS THE FIFTH EXERCISE OF A LONG SERIES DEDICATED TO BEBOP STYLE. I HOPE YOU STUDIED ALL MY PAST LESSONS ABOUT THIS TOPIC. IF NOT, I RECOMMEND YOU TAKE ALL OLD LESSONS ABOUT THIS STUFF.

THIS TIME I’VE PUTTEN THE EXERCISES IN ACTION. I’VE USED SOME CHORDS FROM WELL KNOWN STANDARDS, JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN USE THE CHORD TONES WITH A CHROMATIC APPROACH. PLEASE PLAY IT AND NOTICE HOW THE CHROMATIC APPROACH WORKS, THEN COMPOSE A LINE ON YOUR OWN USING THE SAME DEVICES. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A CHICK COREA OR A SUPERB CLASSICAL COMPOSER TO DO THIS. IT’S JUST AN EXERCISE. NO MATTER IF IT’S NOT GREAT FOR YOU. SO PLEASE, DO IT!

EXERCISES:

Jazz Improvisation with Andrea Fascetti- Chromatic Approaches Part 5

1) TAKE THE EXERCISE AND PLAY IT VERY SLOWLY… WITHOUT A METRONOME!
THEN WHEN YOU HAVE IT “UNDER YOUR FINGERS” YOU CAN PLAY IT VERY FAST!

2) ANALIZE THE NOTES I’VE USED AND WRITE ON A PAPER THE HARMONIC QUALITY OF EVERY NOTE (IS IT A CHORD TONE OR A CHROMATIC APPROACH?)

3) WRITE AN EXERCISE ON YOUR OWN, USING THIS TECNIQUE.

3) TRANPOSE THE EXERCISE IN ALL KEYS!

I KNOW IT’S MUCH STUFF… BUT… NO PAIN, NO GAIN, MAN!

STAY TUNED

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

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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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