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Style Studies

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This competency includes lessons covering style-specific bass playing concepts designed to help the aspiring bassist to become more well-rounded and versatile. These lessons focus on traditional approaches to grooves and phrasing based on the style’s history, and they help to increase overall versatility by exposing the bass player to a variety of style-based approaches. Topics such as note choice, dynamics, tone, and feel are covered in detail.

STS131: Walking Bass Method, Part 1: Introduction/Arpeggio Forms

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This lesson is part 1 of a multi-part series covering walking bass lines. The walking bass style is discussed and demonstrated, and a 3-tiered approach to learning the style is presented. The first tier is centered around walking line construction using chord tones. Subsequently, this lesson presents arpeggio forms that can be played in a single octave for use over static chords or complete progressions. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how toplay walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS131

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STS132: Walking Bass Method, Part 2: 2 Feel Over Static Chords Using Roots/5ths

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Part 2 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. Introduces the concept of "2 Feel" walking lines and demonstrates their application in traditional jazz settings. As the 2 Feel is based around the use of the root and 5th of each chord, this lesson demonstrates this approach and offers exercises for playing over Maj7, Min7, Dom7, and Min7b5 chord types. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS132

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STS133: Walking Bass Method, Part 3: 2 Feel Using 3rds/7ths

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Part 3 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. Continues work in 2 feel over static chords by introducing the use of the root and 3rd for bass line construction. Exercises are demonstrated for playing over Maj7, Min7, Dom7, and Min7b5 chord types. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS133

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STS134: Walking Bass Method, Part 4: Using 2 Feel Over Chord Progressions

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Part 4 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. This lesson takes the 2 feel approach and applies it to chord progressions instead of single static chords. Includes demonstrations and exercises for ii-V, ii-V-I, and jazz blues progressions in multiple keys. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS134

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STS135: Walking Bass Method, Part 5: 4 Feel Walking Lines Using Chord Tone Permutations

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Part 5 of the "Walking Bass Method" series.This lesson introduces the concept of "4 feel" walking lines and demonstrates an exercise-based approach to working with them using chord tone permutations.As the final lesson segment in the first tier of the 3 tiered walking method, this video includes exercises that make extensive use of scale tones in 4 feel walking lines over a variety of chord types.Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS135

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STS136: Walking Bass Method, Part 6: Constructing Lines Using Scale Tones

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Part 6 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. This lesson introduces and discusses in detail the second tier of Adam's walking bass method that is based on the use of scale tones. Scale tones effectively shrink the intervallic distances between the notes in our walking lines, ultimately reshaping their contour. Associates individual chord types with specific modes of the major scale and demonstrate show to use these forms while walking over static chords. Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS136

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STS137: Walking Bass Method, Part 7: Using Scale Tone Walking Lines To Play Through Progressions

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Part 7 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. This lesson continues our work with scale tone walking lines, applying them to chord progressions instead of static chords. Also includes a discussion of the importance of walking line contour and approach notes, and the intervallic distance the last note in a measure and the first note of the measure that follows. Includes practice tunes and exercises.Recommended for beginning to intermediate level players interested in learning how to play walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS137

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STS138: Walking Bass Method, Part 8: Introducing Chromaticisms

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Part 8 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. This lesson introduces and demonstrates the third tier of Adam's 3-tiered walking bass method, which covers the use of chromaticisms in walking bass lines. Chromaticisms are used extensively in traditional jazz walking bass lines, and create an element of"tension and release" in the lines' contour. Chromaticisms allow the player to tighten up the intervallic distances between notes and can convey a greater sense of smoothness and harmonic flow as the bassist moves from measure to measure. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players interested in improving their walking bass line approaches.

Course Code: STS138

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STS139: Walking Bass Method, Part 9: Weak Beat/Strong Beat Concept & Incorporating Dynamics

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Part 9 of the "Walking Bass Method" series. This lesson discusses the concept of weak beat/strong beat principle and demonstrates how dynamics play a significant part in walking bass line construction.Examples of dynamics influence are demonstrated through exercises, and the role of the bass player as a timekeeper and provider of pulse is discussed in detail. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to improve the quality of their walking bass lines.

Course Code: STS139

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STS140: Walking Bass Method, Part 10: Making Static Chord Walking Lines More Interesting

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This lesson demonstrates how different target note strategies can be employed to make walking lines over static chords and vamps more harmonically interesting. The root/5th target strategy is discussed in detail and tips and suggestions are offered for making better connections between measures. An excellent lesson to help players fine-tune their approach to playing over static chords without sounding stale or repetitious. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking to improve their walking bass skills.

Course Code: STS140

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