Hi my “bass” friends and colleagues, it’s great to be here today!
I want to thank you for positive feedback 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 difficult run, my friends. I know that these lessons could be a little boring if you don’t understand the reason of this course. Repetition is the key! Repeating similar exercises over and over create a solid foundation in your musical skill!
We worked over some chords, bass fingerboard training, ear training tips, be bop, and 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 interesting technique called chromatic approaches that I learned from my teacher Charlie Banacos. I adapted it to electric bass using some of my own ideas.
In this issue, we go back to dominant 7th chord with a b5 (in key of c : c e gb bb), which is the eleventh chord of this group of lessons and I write for you a new line using chromatic approaches. Remember that you can use chromatics to approach all chord tones! So try to use more combinations of notes. If you notice I use this kind of line over all chord types, so try to adapt the notes, on your own, 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 dominant 7th b5 chords line using chromatic approaches.
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!!!
Good luck everybody and have a great practice time!!!