Soloing Concepts For Electric Bass

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 as well as your general musicianship and technique! It is divided into sections with different musical content to guide you through in a comprehensive step by step fashion.

Section One: You'll find important information about how to use the Course and its various resources.

Section Two: Lists all the Scales and Arpeggios and their relationships with 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. There are great examples of using the Guide tones including a bonus solo Transcription.

Section Three: This 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 very important to learn and will be useful for many other songs. We learn about:

Voice leading with guide tones
Use of range by moving through the neck or 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
Specific fingerings for each phrase in the sheet music
Section Four: A catalog of 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 playing tied rhythms
Creating longer phrases by tying together shorter ones
Chromatic passing tones and approach tones added to enrich the melodic colour of the 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.

The drum parts of the playalongs have been recorded by the incredible film sessions player Mike Smith, so take advantage of playing along with Mike's drumming.

Students of this Course will be automatically enrolled into the dedicated Forum section where they can ask questions and join the discussion on all aspects of the material.

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.

We wish you the best of success in developing your Soloing skills,

Team ZBL

What is included in soloing concepts for electric bass

This course contains:

  • 26 lessons
  • 26 videos (totalling over 4 hours 40 minutes)
  • 25 sheets of accompanying music
  • 20 playalong tracks

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.


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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