What are the bassroom sessions?
The Bassroom Sessions have been made in collaboration with Thomas & George Martin Violinmakers.
Together we bring you high quality free double bass lessons, demonstrations and resources. Tutorials in these bassroom sessions focus on the practical and every day aspects of playing jazz double bass.
Jazz Pizzicato Feel Part 1
In this session we discuss important elements that make up a great pizzicato technique for jazz and swing double bass playing.
Jazz Pizzicato Feel Part 2
This tutorial highlights the role and importance of the right arm in creating a great big sound for jazz pizzicato
Contrasting Swing Feels
This tutorial digs into different ways of producing a loose and relaxed swing feel. We look into variations of phrasing and articulations of jazz bass lines.
The Perception Of Tempos
In this session we discuss how to count and achieve a solid sense of keeping slow, fast and medium tempos.
Basslines with extended range
Playing basslines over an extended range can add a lot of colour to your sonic palette. Here we discuss how to extend a bassline over a substantial part of the fingerboard, thus making it sound much more exciting then it was in it's basic form.
Giant Steps Basslines
Demonstrating 4 feel and 2 feel basslines over John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. The 2 feel at the end is marking rhythmic events of the melody and therefore is a great way to accompany the head out.
Alternating Swing and Latin feels
This tutorial covers a very important topic regarding playing the Jazz Standard repertoire. There are many tunes that change styles and rhythmic feels between sections. It is therefore essential to learn ways of setting up transitions between these styles without obstructing the rhythmic flow of the music.
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