Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stu Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century.
“As an instrument, the electric bass guitar is still in its infancy and evolving. While the traditional role of the bass in a band is to "hold down the bottom" by establishing the root note and tonality of the chord, the second half of the 20th Century saw an explosion of electric bass players who dared to push the boundaries of the instrument.”
Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the
contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords and harmonics.
A new addition to the STU U series of interactive instructional courses, Solo Bass presents a remarkable curriculum focused solely on the comprehensive palette of creative approaches and techniques that you’ll need to develop the creative and physical skills required for solo bass composition and performance.
No tedious theory or boring exercises here! You will play your way through seven Solo Bass Performance Studies, each of which contain sections designed to impart particular skills, creative strategies and techniques. Stu will first perform the piece and then break them down measure-by-measure. Stu also demonstrates how to use a looper and integrate the loops into your Solo Bass performances.
PERFORMANCE STUDY #1 - Etude #1: Areas of Focus: Phrasing, Sliding & Dynamics, Proper Hand Position, Pull Offs, Tapping, Fast Passages & Harmonics, DC Al Coda and Basic Chords
PERFORMANCE STUDY #2 - Open Note Aria: Areas of Focus: Hand Positions 1 & 2, Hand Positions 3 & 4 , Hand Positions 5 & 6, Hand Positions 7 & 8, Hand Positions 9 & 10, Hand Position 11, and Final Arpeggios
PERFORMANCE STUDY #3 - A Bit of Blues: Areas of Focus: Intro & Playing The Head, Solo #1: Strumming & Power 5ths, Solo #2: Blues Licks, Solo #3: Finger as a Pick, Repeat of Head & Cadenza,
PERFORMANCE STUDY #4 - Chordally Yours: Areas of Focus: Triads, Four Note Chords, Finger Picking Technique, Whole Tone Intro, Melody Statement, Major B Section, Finger Stretch Solo, Final Melody & Ending.
PERFORMANCE STUDY #5 - Slap Happy: Areas of Focus: Basic Slap & Pop Review, Open String Technique Review, Dynamic Slaps & Pops, Melodies and Power Chords, Bends & Triplets, Tonality Changes & Dynamics, Funky Call & Response Solo, Repeat Form and Ending.
PERFORMANCE STUDY #6 - Harmoni-Cali: Areas of Focus: Natural Harmonics, Tapped Harmonics, Pinched Harmonics, Sliding Harmonics, Tapped Harmonic Intro 1, Tapped Harmonic Intro 2, Rhythmic Harp Section, Chordal Sequence, Here Comes The Melody, Further Melodic Development, Solo Section, Pinched Vibrato, Repeated Harp & Ending.
PERFORMANCE STUDY #7 - Te Extraño: Areas of Focus: Tap Review, Verse 1 & 2, Left Hand, Taps, Hammers & Pulls, Dramatic Rubato & Shakes.
All of the performances are tabbed and notated. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, you'll get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
Grab your bass, tell your bandmates to take the night off, and let’s go solo with Stu Hamm!