Latin rhythms and harmony have greatly influenced all genres of popular music, from blues to jazz and even rock. Players like Cachao, Bobby Valentine and Andy Gonzalez have all had an incredible impact on latin bass playing. In this course we're going to focus on the key elements and techniques that define the Latin Bass style and genre.
Electric bassist, touring and session musician, songwriter and producer, David Santos has played, recorded and toured with some of the world's most prominent superstars including Crosby Stills & Nash, Stephen Stills, John Fogerty, Billy Joel, Elton John, Phoebe Snow, The Neville Brothers, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett. David’s proficient in all styles and is passionate about teaching and passing on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of bassists.
David organized Focus On: Latin Bass into 3 sections. In the first section, David shares a few highlights of the history of Latin Bass and some of the key players in the genre. He’ll also discuss gear recommendations and tone considerations for playing electric latin bass.
In the second section, David presents 10 essential concepts and techniques: Latin Chord Changes, Arpeggios, Scales & Modes, Approach Tones, Combining Arpeggios & Scales, Articulation, Percussive Devices, Dotted Rhythms & Anticipations, Straight Rhythms & Anticipations, Rests and Leaving Space.
In the third section, you’ll apply all of the key concepts and techniques from the last section across four Performance Studies: Bolero, Bomba, Cumbia Raspa and Plena.
David demonstrates the bass parts over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down by stepping you through the specific concepts and techniques, from the previous section, that he used to craft the bass parts in each performance study.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. 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, David generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.