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Applied Harmony & Theory

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Applied Harmony & Theory refers to the specific way in which musical components like scales & modes, arpeggios, and chord forms are played and utilized on the bass guitar. These lessons relate music theory concepts directly to the fingerboard and present strategies and exercises for making practical use of these concepts in performance settings. This competency essentially takes the ‘math’ of music and applies it directly to the bass guitar environment.

AHT101: Interval And Location Exercises, Part 1

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A lesson that introduces the bass player to intervals and their locations on the fingerboard, with an emphasis on the intervals found in the major scale. This lesson helps the player to identify multiple locations for each interval, so he/she is able to negotiate different hand positions to cover a range of notes. Recommended for beginning level players looking to get more familiar with the bass neck and basic intervallic theory.

Course Code: AHT101

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AHT102: Interval And Location Exercises, Part 2

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Takes up where "Interval And Location Exercises, Part 1" leaves off, exploring the intervals in between those found in the major scale and also further defines intervallic qualities as they apply to music theory. major, minor, and diminished intervals are covered. Recommended for beginning level players interested in becoming more familiar with the bass neck and intervallic theory.

Course Code: AHT102

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AHT103: Interval And Location Exercises, Part 3

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Continues from where "Interval And Location Exercises, Part 2" leaves off, introducing musical concepts and exercises incorporating all of the chromatic intervals played in 2 locations. Also introduces augmented intervals and the concept of enharmonic equivalents. This lesson also covers intervallic movements in both ascending and descending directions. Recommended for beginning level players interested in learning the neck better and becoming more familiar with basic music theory.

Course Code: AHT103

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AHT110: Learning The Fingerboard Using Octave-Based Exercises

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This lesson presents an octave displacement approach to learning the fingerboard across its entire range. Demonstrates the importance of preparing for hand position shifts using forward vision by turning each exercise into a timing challenge. A simple, yet excellent foundational approach to helping players to keep from getting stuck in static positions on the fingerboard. recommend for all levels of players interested in expanding their coverage on the bass guitar.

Course Code: AHT110

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AHT121: "3 Plus 1" Exercises: Creating Bass Fills Using The Modes Of The Major Scale

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This lesson demonstrates how to effectively create unique-sounding bass fills based around a 4 measure phrase. These exercises utilize the modes of the major scale to develop fills over a static chord-based groove by incorporating the use of different hand positions for each fill. Recommended for intermediate level players with prior experience learning the modes of the major scale.

Course Code: AHT121

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AHT131: Diagonal Modal Form Application, Part 1

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This lesson demonstrates a diagonal approach to playing through the modal forms, incorporating both vertical and horizontal movement on the neck. The basic concept is explained and demonstrated, and provides a foundation for expanding bass players' application and use of the modes for both technical and improvisational development. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players with a prior understanding of the 3 note per string modal forms.

Course Code: AHT131

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AHT132: Diagonal Modal Form Application, Part 2

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Continues from where the "Diagonal Modal Form Application, Part 1" lesson leaves off. Introduces and demonstrates intervallic skips in the basic forms and elaborates on ascending/descending movement and navigation in improvisational contexts. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players with a prior understanding of the 3 note per string modal forms.

Course Code: AHT132

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AHT133: Diagonal Modal Form Application, Part 3

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This lesson takes up where "Diagonal Modal Form Application, Part 2" leaves off, and demonstrates the improvisational application of the diagonal modal approach over static chords. Also demonstrates position shifts and how to relate them to the cycle of 4ths and 5ths when connecting phrases. Diagonal modal objectives are summarized and goals are established for practicing over different chord types and progressions. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players with a prior understanding of the 3 note per string modal forms.

Course Code: AHT133

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AHT140: Sequencing Exercises, Part 1

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This lesson presents the concept of "sequencing" and demonstrates how it can be applied to scale patterns such as the modes of the major scale. Groupings of 2's through 7's are covered and specifically demonstrated using a three note per string C Ionian pattern. Also gives a preview of how these sequences would be applied to the other modes. This is a great technical lesson in addition to being a good foundation for expanding your phrasing and musicality when using scales. Recommended for intermediate level players looking to improve their creativity using scale forms. Recommended prerequisite courses: AHT201, AHT202

Course Code: AHT140

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AHT150: Intervallic Exercises, Part 1

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This lesson introduces the concept of applying intervals to scale patterns and demonstrates how it can be applied to the modes of the major scale. Intervallic 2nds through 7ths are discussed and demonstrated using the three note per string C Ionian pattern on the bass. Provides a great foundation to work from when trying to explore more musical phrasing examples when working with scale patterns. Also is a great set of exercises for further developing one's technical facility. Recommended for intermediate level players interested in taking scale patterns to the 'next step' and developing more creative phrases. *Recommended prerequisites: AHT201, AHT202, AHT140

Course Code: AHT150

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AHT201: The Modes Of The Major Scale Part 1:Intro/Construction

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This lesson introduces the concept of the modes of the major scale and explains the benefits and advantages of being able to use them effectively. Begins by discussing the formulaic construction of the major scale and how it applies specifically to the bass guitar. Both diatonic and chromatic applications are discussed, and the scale form played on a single string is demonstrated. A primer for understanding how the modes work. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players wanting to learn about modal application.

Course Code: AHT201

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AHT202: The Modes Of The Major Scale Part 2: Modal Forms & Fingerings

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Continues where "The Modes Of The Major Scale Part 1: Intro/Construction" leaves off, anddemonstrates individual positions and fingerings for each of the modal forms using 3 note per stringpatterns. This lesson focuses on the diatonic application of the modes, and shows how they areconnected moving up and down the fingerboard. A great foundational lesson for modal improvisationconcepts that will help players to navigate different parts of the fingerboard while staying in a singlekey center. Recommended for intermediate level players interested in pursuing greater mastery overthe fingerboard as well as improvisational skills.

Course Code: AHT202

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AHT211: Harmonization Of The Major Scale Part 1: Intro &Triad Application

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This lesson introduces the concept of harmonization and applies it to the major scale, demonstrating how chords are built from each unique scale degree to essentially create a sequence of chords that are all related to a single key center. The major scale is harmonized using triads, and each chord form is demonstrated on the bass along with its respective fingering. A vital and fundamental lesson for players interested in understanding how harmony works, both in foundational and improvisational contexts. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players with an interest in applied harmony & theory or improvisation.

Course Code: AHT211

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AHT212: Harmonization Of The Major Scale Part 2: 7th Chords Application

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This lesson expands on the concepts and objectives presented in "Harmonization Of The Major Scale Part 1: Intro & Triad Application" by presenting the application with 7th chords. Demonstrates how to build the harmonization using 7th chord forms and presents their respective fingerings. As 7th chords are an integral part of typical jazz harmony, this is a great lesson for establishing foundational understanding of applied harmony & theory as it applies to jazz tunes. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players interested in expanding their harmonic knowledge as it applies to chord progressions and tunes.

Course Code: AHT212

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AHT301: Major Scale Modal Fingerings: 3 Notes Per String - 4 String Bass

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This is a reference video that demonstrates the positions and fingerings for each of the major scale-derived modal forms played 3 notes per string. Forms presented are specifically applied to the 4 string bass.

Course Code: AHT301

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AHT302: Harmonized Arpeggio Forms: 7th Chords - 4 String Bass

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This is a reference video that demonstrates the positions and fingerings for each of the 7th chord arpeggio forms in the harmonization of the major scale. Forms presented are specifically applied to the 4 string bass.

Course Code: AHT302

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AHT303: 7th Chord Arpeggio Inversion Forms - 4 String Bass

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This is a reference video that demonstrates the positions and fingerings for each of the arpeggio inversions for maj7, min7, and dom7 chords. Forms presented are specifically applied to the 4 string bass.

Course Code: AHT303

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AHT304: 7th Chord Forms: 3 & 4 Strings Wide - All Basses

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This is a reference video that demonstrates how to play basic 7th chord forms in both 3 string wide and 4 string wide configurations on the bass. Applies to all bass guitar instruments.

Course Code: AHT304

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AHT305: Triad Chord Forms: 3 & 4 Strings Wide - All Basses

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This is a reference video that demonstrates how to play basic triad chord forms in both 3 string wide and 4 string wide configurations on the bass. Applies to all bass guitar instruments.

Course Code: AHT305

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AHT306: Major Scale Modal Fingerings: 3 Notes Per String - 5 String Bass

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This is a reference video that demonstrates the positions and fingerings for each of the major scale-derived modal forms played 3 notes per string. Forms presented are specifically applied to the 5 string bass.

Course Code: AHT306

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