The upright bass is the granddaddy of all bass instruments, which offers the player an organic, tactile experience that no other instrument provides. Electric bass players and guitarists can will expand their sonic arsenal by learning to apply what they already know to the upright bass with John Goldsby’s definitive course of study, The Upright Bass Handbook.
Recording artist, composer, bandleader, master bassist, and consummate educator John Goldsby has a pedigree that would take the entire page to fill. John has played and/or recorded with some of the legends of jazz including Jimmy Raney, Helen Humes, Jamey Aebersold, Buddy Tate, Barney Kessel, Dave Liebman, Buddy DeFranco, Scott Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akyoshi, and John Lewis to name just a few. We’re very proud and excited to welcome John to the family with his first TrueFire course, The Upright Bass Handbook.
”If you know how to play a solid walking bassline, everyone will want to jam with you! I've organized the course into four sections: In the first section, we'll learn about the parts of the bass and how to properly hold and handle the instrument. Then in the second section, you'll develop your left and right hand technique, while learning how to find notes on the fingerboard and tune the bass. In the third section, I'll get you up and playing your first basslines on the upright.
In the fourth section, we'll dig into ten more essential studies focusing on the fundamental approaches for playing walking basslines on the upright. For each of the studies, I’ve broken the basslines up into several focused exercises that will help you build your technique step by step. I’ll give you a detailed demonstration and then we’ll play each of the basslines together first at a slow tempo and then a bit faster.”
Section 1: Essential Concepts - In the first section, John presents several essential concepts that you should be aware of if you want to play the double bass in a jazz situation. You'll learn different names for the instrument, the parts of the bass, and how to handle and hold the bass.
Section 2: Basic Techniques - In this section, John shows you basic upright bass technique, starting with where to put your right hand, and how to get a good sound. You'll learn how to get a big, warm, flowing sound, first on open strings. You'll also learn how to mute strings to articulate solid, clear rhythms. Then you'll move on to the left hand and look at some important landmarks on the bass. Finally, you'll look at notes and left hand fingerings in the half and first position. These are the "money notes" at the low end of the bass. Key Lesson Sets in this section: Basic Right Hand Technique, Open-String Technique & Exercises, Where Are The Notes?, Tuning The Bass, and Basic Left Hand Technique.
Section 3: Let's Play! - In this section John will guide you through playing some basic tracks using the open D and the high D on the G string (. Be sure to take these exercises slowly, focus on finding the high D, and play in time with a strong sound. Be aware of getting in the groove of the track, and place your notes right "in the pocket" with the drummer.
Section 4: Walking Bass Studies - This section presents 10 essential studies that demonstrate all the nuts and bolts of constructing walking basslines, show you how to find the notes on the fingerboard, and how to move in and out of the half and first position. Walking basslines are an integral part of traditional jazz playing, as well as some types of R&B and country. Key Lesson Sets in this section: Roots On The Downbeats, Upper Leading Tones, Arpeggios & Leading Tones, Scales & Leading Tones, Mixing It Up, Blues Forever: Rhythm Embellishments, Blues Forever: Melody, Two-Beat & 4/4, and Rhythm Changes Forever.
John demonstrates all of the key examples and performance studies over live-band backing tracks and then breaks them down by stepping you through the key concepts, techniques and creative approaches that he used in the playing examples.
All of the key examples and performances are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, John generously includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own.
Alright, grab your dog house, and let’s dig in with John Goldsby!