Groove & Time Keeping
Groove and Timekeeping lessons comprise some of the most important and foundational concepts for bass players in particular. This competency focuses on developing a player’s internal clock and fine-tuning his/her awareness of time and space within the music. By developing a natural sense of time, a bassist is able to perform and interact with greater expression and freedom, while at the same time inspiring confidence for the entire musical ensemble in both performance and recording scenarios.
GTK110: Beginning Metronome Exercises
This lesson discusses the importance of developing your timing. Exercises are presented that utilize the metronome as a timing reference, teaching you how to align your playing with the beat as accurately as possible using short notes and long notes. Recommended for beginning players interested in developing their timing and technique.
Course Code: GTK110
GTK120: Exercises For Developing Your Internal Clock
This lesson demonstrates how you can work on developing your internal clock and improve your timekeeping skills buy working on 'dropout' exercises. These exercises challenge you to meter yourself accurately when the external clock source drops out intermittently. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players interested in improving their groove and timekeeping in all settings.
Course Code: GTK120
GTK121: Developing Groove & Timekeeping Skills Using Tempo Splitting Exercises
This lesson demonstrates an incredibly effective and challenging exercise to help build a player's internal clock and innate sense of musical time. Using a series of tempo splitting exercises,dependency on the external clock source is decreased, while at the same time increasing the accuracy of the internal clock. Exposes external distractions and weaknesses in timing/groove, and presents a method that will help reprogram a player's sense of time. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players interested in improving timekeeping in all settings.
Course Code: GTK121
GTK131: Improving Groove & Timekeeping Skills Using Subdivision Exercises, Part 1: Subdivisions Over 1
An introductory lesson to working with subdivisions as a way to develop and fine-tune a player's internal clock and sense of rhythm. A simple metronome pulse is used as a timing reference and exercises are presented that divide the pulse into subdivisions from 1 to 8. A fantastic way to work on naturally hearing subdivisions that lie outside of the groove you are listening or playing to.Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players interested in improving their time keeping and predictive sense of subdivision in a variety of musical scenarios.
Course Code: GTK131
GTK132: Improving Groove & Timekeeping Skills Using Subdivision Exercises, Part 2: Subdivisions Over 2/Randomization
This lesson takes up where "Improving Groove & Timekeeping Skills Using Subdivision Exercises,Part 1: Subdivisions Over 1" leaves off, and increases the level of challenge by placing subdivisions over 2 pulses instead of 1. The exercises are based on a metronome reference and subdivisions 1 through 8 are applied in context over 2 pulses. The next step towards naturally hearing subdivisions that step outside the fundamental pulse in a musical setting, useful in improvisational and rhythmic foundational approaches. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to improve timekeeping and awareness of subdivision pulse in a variety of musical contexts.
Course Code: GTK132
GTK140: Displacing The Click-16th Note Subdivision Exercises
A lesson that demonstrates exercises in which a metronome or click track is displaced across different sixteenth note subdivisions of the beat. An example groove is established and played over each displacement example. The challenge is to be able to keep time accurately while referencing the click falling on each of the four sixteenth note subdivisions. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to improve their timekeeping and consistency without the need for downbeat-oriented timekeeping references.
Course Code: GTK140
GTK150: Displacing The Groove Using 16th Note Subdivision Exercises
A lesson that demonstrates how to displace simple grooves across sixteenth note subdivisions. These are helpful for solidifying your time feel and also reinforcing your awareness of subdivisions within a measure. Displacement strategies can also help you to come up with creative approaches to developing bass lines that add tension or syncopation to the parts being played by the rhythm section. Included exercises move a single note pulse across each subdivision and then combine them to create one long, cyclical timing challenge. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to improve their internalization of the time and develop creative sounding bass lines.
Course Code: GTK150
GTK160: Manipulating The Time-Behind & Ahead Of The Beat Playing
A lesson that delves into the concept of manipulating time and feel of the music. By controlling where you put the pulse of your bass lines relative to the 'absolute time' of the music, you can imply different moods and feels in order to convey emotion and momentum. Specific concepts are discussed, including timing internalization, including playing 'behind the beat,', 'on top of' or 'ahead of the beat,' and playing in 'absolute time.' Genre-related concepts are also discussed, stressing the importance of the bassist's traditional role in different styles of music. This is a great lesson for those looking to expand their control of time and feel in ensemble settings. Recommended for intermediate to advance level players who already have a solid sense of timing and pulse.