Following a step-by-step methodology with instructor Cliff Engel, you will acquire the essential skills and vocabulary which are necessary to connect your ears to the fingerboard, develop ideas, interact with other musicians on a deeper level, and expand the traditional role of the bassist. With these live video bass lessons, you will expand your fretboard familiarity and knowledge of chord/scale theory, improve your sight reading and ear training, and also increase your technical proficiency on the instrument. You will be presented with the fundamental tools that are required to improvise great bass lines and solos on any chord type, chord progression, or song form in any style of music.
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From a technique perspective, one of the most challenging styles of music to execute on bass guitar is fingerstyle funk. By combining the fundamental components typically associated with classic fingerstyle funk bass lines such as muted sixteenth notes played in a staccato fashion, a significant amount of string crossing and string skipping, ghost notes, and quick tempos, playing fingerstyle funk grooves in a clean, even, and consistent manner for an extended period of time will prove to be a very demanding task.
With regard to picking hand technique, it is crucial that you don't permit the fingers to become tangled. For the most efficient manner of playing and the best economy of motion, the picking hand should employ the alternating two-finger technique by constantly alternating back and forth between the index and middle fingers. Since scale degrees including the root, fifth, and octave are the basic building blocks of many fingerstyle funk grooves, the picking hand will be required to cross or skip over strings quickly while moving from the low strings to the high and vice versa. Because the strings feel more resistant or less flexible near their endpoint, they will be easier to control by picking them close to the bridge. Under normal playing conditions, the floating thumb technique can be utilized while performing practically any passage. However, fingerstyle funk grooves often move too fast and don't provide enough time to shift the thumb from one string to the next so the anchored thumb technique must be adopted as necessity dictates.
In order to attain the muted tonality often heard with fingerstyle funk bass lines, there are a couple different ways to produce that sound. String muting is primarily achieved through fretting hand dampening techniques. Although, it is possible to mute the strings with the picking hand fingers if they are quickly placed back on the strings after articulating each tone. Instead of slightly curving the fretting hand fingers over the strings as you would generally do in standard playing position, you can place the fretting hand fingers flat across the strings and fret the notes with the pads of the fingers. The fingers that aren't fretting notes can lay across the fingerboard and mute the string being played. By utilizing this technique, the fingers that aren't fretting notes can lightly dampen the sounding string to help achieve the muted tone of the fretted notes. The degree to which the strings are muted can be controlled by varying the pressure applied with the fingers of the fretting hand which aren't fretting notes at that particular time.
Ghost notes are extremely prevalent in fingerstyle funk grooves and should be sounded as loudly as notes with definitive pitch. By incorporating ghost notes into this style, you can create the impression of moving air to help propel the groove and the overall feel of the music. To play a ghost note, the fretting hand remains in contact with the string but does not press it all the way to the fingerboard while the picking hand articulates the string with the alternating two-finger technique. Ghost notes are indicated as an "x" in music notation, and they can be played across the entire range of the fingerboard. Ghost notes are often notated as the open strings, but they may be placed at other positions on the staff to demonstrate the location of the fretting hand when the ghost note is played.
This collection of exercises features the essential elements found within fingerstyle funk bass lines and is designed to push the limits of your coordination and endurance. The exercises start out easy and become progressively more complex as you move through the material. Always strive to produce a relaxed sound, and do not allow either of your hands to become tense since doing so could cause you to deviate from the steady groove. Besides the various technique considerations that have been outlined when playing fingerstyle funk grooves, don't forget to focus on generating the proper tone and feel. Playing the lines as indicated in the notation is only part of the objective. Listen to the masters of fingerstyle funk, try to emulate their performance, and assimilate their techniques into your own playing. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
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The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam is an annual event which celebrates the bass guitar and showcases the wide range of musical options that bass players can provide. This event not only provides rare and surprising musical performances but also raises money to donate bass guitars to underprivileged and life-challenged youth in Colorado. This year we will be donating to the Blue Star Connection - a local charity organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of children patients with life-threatening illness. Our goal is to put a bass guitar in the hands of youth who normally may not have access to the beautiful instrument of the bass. We pay healing forward through the gift of music. This is our 10th consecutive year for this exciting and well attended musical event that is one-of-a-kind in the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 2017, the RMBS will be featuring two national bass performers in the Legendary Chuck Rainey and SuperFunk Powerhouse Doug Johns. Chuck Rainey is one of the most recorded bassists in music history having recorded on hundreds of chart-topping records ranging from the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Steely Dan.
Doug Johns is known for his raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess. Doug has had the privilege of working with such icons as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, The LA Mass Choir, Aaron Lindsey, and many others. Bass Player Magazine writes on Johns: "One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America... it's his inventiveness that's consistently compelling." The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam also features homegrown talent with Colorado's own local bass performers.
The event is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. All details can be found online at our website: RockyMountainBassSlam.com.