Lessons in this competency present concepts and strategies for building effective solos, bass fills, and other improvised lines or phrases in a variety of musical settings. Although in typical scenarios the bass player’s role is primarily foundational, these lessons can be vital to a bass player’s understanding of the relationship between harmony and melody. Both universal and style-specific concepts are covered, including such topics as harmonization, substitutions, and implied tonalities. These are essential tools for the player looking to establish their own unique voice.`
IMP172: Chord Tone Studies - Part 3
The third lesson in the "Chord Tone Studies" series, which covers chord tones and their importance in harmony. Because chord tones outline harmony directly, this series is especially useful to bass players, regardless of whether they are soloing or playing foundational parts. This lesson demonstrates the use of arpeggio forms through improvisation over ii-V-I progressions. Major 7, minor 7, and dominant 7 chords are demonstrated in these exercises, but the concepts apply to all chord types. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to expand their knowledge of the fingerboard and improve their ability to outline changes over static chords and progressions.
Course Code: IMP172
IMP180: Navigating Giant Steps
A lesson that explains how to get started improvising over the chord changes to "Giant Steps." Presents exercises for both a key-centered approach and a chord-centered approach utilizing arpeggios/chord tones. Recommended for advanced players interested in learning how to improvise better over complex chord changes.