Welcome to the MusicDojo Course Library! These courses were originally part of my curriculum at MusicDojo.com, an interactive online music school that I was involved with from 2003-2012. Each MusicDojo course contains twenty consecutive daily lessons with accompanying assignments. They are designed to be studied in sequence, as each lesson progressively builds on the concepts presented in the lesson prior. They are a fantastic source of longer-term objectives you can incorporate into your studies here, so feel free to work through them at your own pace. They contain an incredible amount of information that can be studied for years to come, and also serve as great reference material to use in conjunction with the main lesson library here at AdamNittiMusicEducation.
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BI105 - Jazz Improvisation 1
A first level course for bass players interested in learning how to improvise over chord changes. These lessons focus on the relationships between scales and chords, and provide a foundational approach for analyzing and playing over changes, with an emphasis on jazz, fusion, and other related styles and phrasing methods. Major and minor scale-derived harmonic concepts and key components are utilized and put into practice through 'hands-on' improvisational exercises. Some common and traditional chord progressions are demonstrated and exercised. Also covers elementary tune analysis and improvising through key centers. Recommended for any player interested in learning how to improvise in any style.
BI205 - Jazz Improvisation 2
An improvisational course for bass players that begins where the "Jazz Improvisation 1" course leaves off. This course explores such concepts as harmonic substitution, harmonization of the major and melodic minor scales, phrasing concepts for jazz, analyzation of tunes, and building a repetoire. Establishes scale/chord relationships and helps the aspiring improviser to understand and imply various tonalities. Recommended for players of all levels wishing to further their improvisational skills.
Suggested prerequisite courses: "Jazz Improvisation 1" or "Harmony and Theory 1."
BI110 - Walking Bass 1
An introduction to walking bass line performance and composition. Introduces the concepts of 2 feel and 4 feel basslines in the jazz idiom. This course focuses on solid walking line construction through the use of chord tones and arpeggio forms, and also deals with concepts for phrasing and performance. Recommended for the beginning jazz player or improvisationalist.
BI210 - Walking Bass 2
Walking Bass 2 emphasises traditional walking bass line construction and analysis. The course focuses on such concepts as scale tone based and chromatic walking bass line construction, walking line shape and contour, half step approaches, walking in odd time signatures, and strong beat/weak beat concepts. Recommended for the advanced beginner to intermediate level player.
Suggested prerequisite course: Walking Bass 1
BT101 - Mastering Right & Left Hand Technique
A course dedicated to cleaning up bad habits and improving speed and dexterity for both the plucking and fretting hands. Applicable to all levels of players, this course will help to get you to the next level in your pursuit of technical excellence. Focuses on such topics as proper hand positions, improved muting techniques, economy of motion, and improved coordination. Recommended for any player looking to improve their technical ability and consistency.
BT130 - Tapping 1
A course that covers the fundamentals of two handed 'tapping' techniques on the bass. Tapping has become one of the signature sounds in contemporary solo bass playing, and has been used extensively by such players as Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Michael Manring, and many others.
Concepts covered include: hammer-ons, pull-offs, right and left hand independence, right and left hand synchronization, tapping chords, syncopation, and tapping chord progressions.
Exercises are designed to first focus on each hand individually, and then progressively combine them. This is a great course to take if you are new to tapping or are interested in introducing a fresh technique into your playing.