Here’s a short clip of my one-on-one bass class at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde Music Production Department (student name: Zildjan Benitez). An effective walking bassline should outline the harmony horizontally since the bass is essentially a monophonic instrument.
Thank you again to the faculty and students of DLS-CSB Music Production Department for making this lecture/workshop possible. Thank you also to the great musicians who shared their time and knowledge to the students (Ryan Villamor and Given Bacani).
For students at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines, I will be conducting the 2nd or 3 sessions of lectures and workshops on concepts for beginning improvisation this Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The 2nd session will deal more on motivic development and the concept of target notes based on a simple guide tone line.
As before, we will begin the session with a short lecture and demonstration. Proceeding right after the lecture is a workshop for students. I strongly encourage those attending to bring their instruments and participate in this workshop.
Thank you to the faculty and students of DLS-CSB Music Production Department for making this lecture/workshop possible. Thank you also to the students who participated in the workshop part of the session. Here’s a short excerpt from the 1st of 3 sessions.
For students at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines, I will be conducting a series of monthly lectures and workshops on concepts for beginning improvisation starting this Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015.
The short lectures I prepared are primarily aimed to create interest in the art of improvisation using simple musical concepts such as arpeggios and scales. To students who already have a background in improvisation, these lectures serve as a different perspective to some of the concepts they already know. The prepared musical examples and performances are mostly in the jazz idiom, though the lecture contents can be applied to other styles of music which requires the performer to add improvised lines. The contents in each session is geared towards a melodic approach to improvisation; ideas on how to start a motif, how to develop a motif, creating contour and contrast throughout the whole form, tension and release ideas, etc.
After the short lectures, a workshop/semi-masterclass session will follow. During the workshop portion of the event, students are encouraged to come up on stage with their instruments and improvise on a simple chord progression. I will then throw in some suggestions that may work as idea-generating tools using simple concepts (ex: arpeggios and scales). Performance and ensemble playing are also taken into consideration in the workshop portion, which is structured as a masterclass session.
As a bass player, I regularly come across performances that require me to double on instruments. Typical combination would be Electric Bass Guitar and Upright Bass or Electric Upright Bass. Sometimes i also encounter instances where i need a fretted and a fretless bass; and in some occassions i need a synth keyboard bass for those electronic dance tunes or old-school disco / funk gigs aside from my standard electric bass guitar.
The most critical piece of equipment for me as a doubler is my instrument selector switch / pedal. This is where both instruments are plugged in and sent to one amp; choosing instruments via toggle switch. My current switch is the Radial Engineering Bigshot I/O. The switch has a small volume knob which balances the volume between the two instruments. Another feature that i find very important is that it does not require any power source to use. This allows me to keep it plugged-in the whole night without worrying about the battery.