This Course is designed to improve your Soloing on Electric Bass as well as your general Musicianship! It is divided into sections with different Musical Content in each one to guide you through in a comprehensive way. The first section details all the Scales and Arpeggios and their relationships for the Chord Progression. There are detailed fingerings to help you with the technical aspect of learning them. We also take a look at the important role of Chord Tones, in particular the guide tones within each chord, the 3rd and 7th.
Following is a section with 8 Solo Phrases for the first 8 bars of the tune. These lines include different Soloing, Melodic and Harmonic Concepts that are important to learn and will be useful for many other songs. We learn voice leading with guide tones, use of range by moving through the neck versus focusing on a small section of the fingerboard. Creating and applying melodic figures to different Chord/Scale tones, applying the same figure to different chords throughout the changes, starting on notes other then the root, quickly switching between scales, leading to chords with diatonic enclosures etc..You will find specific fingerings for each phrase in the sheet music.
In the next section there are 4 Phrases for the last 8 bars of Autumn Leaves, further developing our Soloing skills by adding Rhythmic and Melodic Variations. We take a good look at combining even and odd divisions, zoom in on how to play tied rhythms, creating longer phrases by tying together shorter ones. There are chromatic passing tones and approach tones added to enrich the melodic colour of these lines.
Just click on the Sheet Music Download/Playalong under each video lesson for quick access of the relevant supplement, however there’s also a full version of the Sheet Music and all the Playalongs under the Course Introduction video.
As you work through the course, focus in on one area at a time and Practice Slowly! Remember what you learn at the moment will only start to settle down in your playing later on. Enjoy this journey of constantly evolving, discovering and reaching new musical heights.
I wish you the best of Success in developing your Soloing skills,