A six week course on groove and feel for bass players
Time: Tuesday nights 7-8:30pm
Dates: 16, 23 February, and 2, 9, 23, 30 March
Click the Zoom logo above for the meeting. But just in case you need it …
Meeting Number: 81978114395
and whatever way you enter, you’ll need the
Passcode: 175269 (tell ’em Joe sent ya).
Note that the Meeting number and passcode for the last two sessions is different to the first four. Please remind us to give it to you!
Join the Facebook Group to submit ‘homework’ and to participate in conversations about the bass course.
Know your stuff before you come!
It is assumed that you are already a fairly competent bass player. If you feel like you need to catch up then purchase a copy of Danielle’s UBASSics and GET LEARNIN’!
You’ll be learning:
- What to play – Some important basic basslines that you should know
- Where to play – How to recognise different genres and know which basslines to use on which occasion.
- How to play – Honing your feel, groove and technique so that your playing ‘works’ (and everyone else can lock into you reliably).
- Also a little bass history reviewing some famous bassists to help inspire you.
Week Three – 2 March 2021 – The One, Three and Five Triad (and embellishments)
Homework for Week Three
As discussed Tuesday night, we would like you to analyse the bass line from Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
Please use this chart to do your analysis. It is just the first page of a tab by Lefty Bassman. You can find him on Youtube. If you like what he does, you can subscribe to him on Patreon for $3ish per month.
The tab and his bass hands are in the video.
Your job is to identify the anchor notes. That’s our term for the ROOT (or ONE) and the FIVE.
Circle the notes that are the One and Five (if there is one).
Then the other stuff you can just write ‘something else’. Describe as much or as little as you like in relation to the notes that are not anchor notes.
The most important thing to identify, to play, and to master are those anchor notes. We can’t stress that enough. The rest is just frippery, fluff, frills.
Give us your evidence in some fashion. A photo of your drawn on piece of paper will suffice. Perhaps don’t put it on the Facebook group. Slackers like Chris Wensrich will just plagiarise your good work. He didn’t become an Aspro just on good looks alone you know.
Tonight we use the iconic Beatles bass lines to see the numbers spelled out before us, and find the basics that we HAVE to play. Don’t get tripped up by fanciness before you’ve mastered the roots and other dominant notes. Be like Bootsy – once you’ve got the One sorted, then you can add in the Three and the Five. Only once this is solid, only then can you add embellishments. Get to know Ob La Di Ob La Da, Ballad of John and Yoko, and Lady Madonna. We’ll learn them and muck around with them.
Bootsy’s Funk Formula
Feel – Straight vs. Swung
We’ll do Sunshine of Your Love straight, then swung.
We’ll do an exercise to compare Folsom Prison & Crescent City Blues (same music as Folsom).
Crescent City Blues (same music as Folsom Prison Blues)
listen to Paul calling out the chords ….. (and George swearing).
Week Two – 23 February 2021 – The One and the Five (and variations)
weet Georgia Brown (in G) for the online people to play along to
Here’s the chord chart for Sweet Georgia Brown in G
Week One: 16th Feb
We start with the ONE – possibly the most easy and difficult lesson we will have.
- The ROOT – and when to use it
- Using dynamics subtly…
- The harmonic/rhythmic/dynamic power of the bass
- The 1 & 5 – and when to use it
- The importance of muting
- Some basic leading tones/fills
Repertoire for Week One. Please print or download all of these songs for our session. The title of the song has the link to the lyric/chord file.
The ROOT (or the ONE)
GO here for John’s demo and then his explanation
Hit the Road Jack demo
Hit the Road Jack explanation
Homework – Week One
Download a metronome app or use a real one.
Play a song that pushes your level of ability.
Play it slowly at first with the metronome.
Speed up the metronome to the desired tempo as you improve.
Record your efforts and post in the Facebook group (if you can)
Video from Week One to revisit