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Introduction to Upright Bass

Learn the characteristics of an upright bass and the many ways you can play it.

Introduction to Upright Bass

Learn the characteristics of an upright bass and the many ways you can play it.

Description

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa and at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been teaching private students and classes for over 25 years. He continues to teach privately and to do workshops and master classes in upright and electric bass for both children and adults.

Objectives

  • Learn the different parts of the bass and what they do.
  • Learn Boom Chicks in different rhythms.
  • Understand how to play and expand major and minor scales.
  • Utilize music theory and ears in your bass playing.

Lesson Plan

  • 1
    Intro to the Bass
    In this step, Hill walks you through the process of how to choose and start playing an upright bass.
  • 2
    Scales
    In this step, Hill introduces a new rhythm element and scales.
  • 3
    Intervals
    In this step, Hill shows you how to use intervals to enhance the scales.
  • 4
    Chords and Arpeggios
    In this step, Hill teaches you chords and triads and how to play them through an octave.
  • 5
    Reading and Playing Music
    In this step, Hill prepares you to read music as well as hear the changes in the music you are playing.