Hi my BASS friends and colleagues,
It’s great to be here again!
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 very hard 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 creates a solid foundation in your brain and muscles!
We worked over some chords, bass fingerboard training, ear training tips, Be Bop, 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 there’s a new lesson about this interesting technique called chromatic approaches, which I learned from my teacher Charlie Banacos. I adapted it to electric bass using some of my own ideas.
In the last lesson, I showed you our chromatic approaches in a double time context. Now it’s time to start a new lessons group using this type of technique. Here you can see a line over a cmaj7 chord that contains some chromatic approaches we studied. All lines are in double time style! Please be careful because I used some extra notes… don’t worry… here there are very simple ideas!!!
Ok, it’s time for usual homework assignment:
1) Take the exercise… what happens here? I wrote a double time solo line over a cmaj7 chord.
Remember: do not use a metronome! Only when you have the exercise “under your fingers”, can you 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 and have a great practice time!