Bass Gym – 101 Odd Time Bass Grooves… Play what you live nowadays.
In this new Bass Gym 101 book, the author explains and demonstrates how to learn to count and feel odd time signatures in 5/4, 7/8, or even in such a crazy meter as 13/8 or 15/16.
Playing in odd time signatures can be sometimes very difficult to digest and could easily lead to even unpleasant music experience for beginners. All those weird rhythms and nothing in the familiar good four four-quarter meter. There is simply nothing to hold on to.
Initially, the biggest issue is understanding rhythmic phrases and finding navigating points.
In the book, you’ll find grooves and exercises utilizing all possible variations of odd time signatures in the divisions of quarters, eighths or sixteenths (5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 15) and also their mutual combinations or combinations with the familiar 4/4, 6/8 or 2/4 and 3/4 meters.
As always, when writing grooves and exercises, there is emphasized musical practice and use in the real world.
Odd time signatures are really a challenge for your creativity in the sense that it is not easy to create natural-sounding musical phrases. In our music culture, we are mostly used to 4/4, 2/4 and 3/4 or 6/8 time signatures, which are used for the majority of folk, classical and popular music ever composed. Odd time signatures are natural for the cultures of the Balkans or India, where there is also a very strong connection between the music metrum and dance steps.
Each exercise is written in standard notation with tablature and recommended fingerings for a four-string bass guitar in standard E, A, D, and G tuning.
Above the notation you will also find chord marks for some exercises to better understand harmonic contexts and a brief description of exercises or musical style. You will practice playing in all positions of the fretboard and also in all twelve keys. All exercises are available for download as mp3 files.
Number of pages: 57 / Price: 12 GBP