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Jazz Improvisation for Bass with Andrea Fascetti: Chromatic Approaches in Action Part 9

ANDREA FASCETTI BASS MUSICIAN MAG PHOTO B & WJazz Improvisation for Bass with Andrea Fascetti: Chromatic Approaches in Action Part 9…

Hi my friend and colleagues,

It’s really cool to be here again!

Thank you for the positive feedback and support about my lessons. I want you to remember that this is a very long course about improvisation. I started these lessons in November 2008…it’s really a long and very interesting run, my friends.

We worked over various chord tones, bass fingerboard training, ear training tips, be bop style, chromatic approaches plus various suggestions about technique and transcriptions. So especially if you are a new follower, please check all past lessons. You can find it in the magazine or in my personal website.

Today we go on to use this very easy technique called chromatic approaches that I learned from my teacher Charlie Bancos. I adapted it to electric bass using some of my own ideas.

This time we go back to major 7th chord with a b5 (in key of c : c e gb b), which is the ninth chord of this group of lessons. This time I have written for you a new line using chromatic approaches. Remember that you can use chromatics to approach all chord tones! In the past lessons I used many times only a type of chromatic approach. If you notice this time I use another type of chromatic approach in the line. Now you can try to use more combinations of notes. In the next lessons I’ll use this kind of line over all chord types, so you’ll adapt the notes to various chord tones.

Ok, it’s time for usual homework assignment:

1) Take the exercise. What happens here? I wrote a very easy two chords vamp just to show you how you can play a simple solo over maj 7th b5 chords line using chromatic approaches.

Chromatic Approaches in Action Part 9

Remember, do not use a metronome!!!! Only when you have the exercise “under your fingers”, you can use a metronome. As usual play the exercise as fast as you can!

2) Transpose the exercise in all keys!

3) Analyze how I used the notes and then write an exercise on your own. It’s primary!!!!!

OK… as usual it’s hard work.

Don’t give up and stay cool!!!!!!!!

Good luck and have a great practice time.


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