Soloing Concepts For Electric Bass

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Improve your soloing on electric bass as well as your general musicianship and technique!

About soloing concepts for electric bass

This Course is designed to improve your soloing on electric bass by developing your general musicianship, knowledge/application of harmony and your technique through learning musicial content! It is divided into sections with different musical substance to guide you through in a comprehensive step by step fashion. The drum parts of the playalongs have been recorded by the incredible film sessions player Mike Smith, a great opportunity to play along with a world class drummer.

What you will learn from this course

You will learn:

  • How to get the most musical knowledge out of the course
  • All associated 2 or more octave scales and arpeggios with the chord progression of Autumn Leaves
  • A comprehensive explanation of the role of guide tones within chords
  • Voice leading to connect chords smoothly
  • A substantial phrase library giving you different options of creating solo lines
  • Chromatic concepts to enhance your melodic playing
  • Rhythmic variations

What is included in soloing concepts for electric bass

This course contains:

  • 28 lessons
  • 30 downloadable sheet music 
  • 17 playalongs with world class film session drummer Mike Smith in adjustable tempos

Course structure

Introduction - An introduction to soloing concepts for electric bass based on Autumn Leaves

How to use this course - A thorough overview of how to get the best results of this course
Using the playalongs - This is a detailed explanation of how to use the playalongs
Using the sheet music - This is a demonstration of how to use the sheet music

Scales, arpeggios, guide tones - In this section we will look at the scales, arpeggios and guide tones in Autumn Leaves

Chords first A parts - This is a detailed account of the chord progression for the first A sections
Scales and arpeggios part 1 - Become familiar with the scales and arpeggios available
Scales and arpeggios part 2 - More familiarisation of scales and arpeggios for use with Autumn Leaves
Scales and arpeggios part 3 - Further familiarisation of scales and arpeggios for use with Autumn Leaves
Role of the 3rd
Role of the 7th - This lesson walks you through the guide tones, 3rd and 7th notes of each chord, focusing in on the 7th
7th: Example 1 - This is example 1 to highlight the role of the 7th with the 3rd for voice leading between chords
7th: Example 2 and bonus solo - Here is example 2, a bonus solo to demonstrate the role of the 7th for voice leading between chords

Solo phrases first 8 bars

Phrase 1 - This is an ascending phrase utilising most of the fingerboard with several examples of 7th to 3rd voice leading between chords
Phrase 2 - A descending phrase following up from phrase 1
Phrase 3 - The line introduces a new melodic concept, the Enclosure
Phrase 4 - Introducing a new melodic concept: taking the structure of a motif and applying it over different notes of the chord
Phrase 5 - This uses the same melodic structure throughout the chord progression
Phrase 6 - This a descending phrase used as an answer to phrase 5
Phrase 7 explanation - A 2 bar phrase with continuous 8th notes
Phrase 7 - A breakdown of the line chord by chord
Phrase 8 explanation - This phrase is based on an ascending-descending scale pattern.
Phrase 8 - Here is the breakdown of the line chord by chord.

Solo phrases last 8 bars

Chords last A part - This lesson is a detailed account of the chord progression for the last 8 bars.
Phrase 9 - This phrase introduces rhythmic variation with tied notes, ties going over the barline and motifs starting on off beats
Phrase 10 - This expands the melody by adding chromatic approach and passing tones
Phrase 11 - Tying short motifs together into a longer phrase is a great device for creating musical sentences/lines
Phrase 12 - This phrase is a melodic and rhythmic variation/extended version of phrase 11.
Phrase 12 rhythmic figures - This lesson is a thorough explanation of the rhythmic values found in phrase 12.

Summary

Course summary - A quick summary of the course with valuable Practice Advice. Remember, we have covered a lot of musical content in this course and it will be hard to digest it all at once
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