The double bass in Jazz is an important instrument. Soloists and singers may appear to take all the limelight, but without a solid rhythm section there is no solid platform for soloists. In “mainstream Jazz” where for example, a trio or quartet is playing Jazz Standards (basically the core Jazz repertoire), the double bass player must have a good understanding of chord changes and where the music is moving harmonically. If a bass player is working with a pianist in a Jazz Quartet, then the bassists must work very closely with the pianist. The pianist, guitarists, vibes or organ player may “comp”, that is, play a series of chords as backing. The double bass player usually supplies the root of each chord. Again double bass players have to know where they are all the time in the music. Two great names from the 1950s, Ray Brown, and Percy Heath, really exemplify this way of playing. Again, it is a matter of listening practice and application. Therefore, bass lessons Brisbane has today can supply the framework necessary for any aspiring bass player.
Funk and Jazz Funk.
In mainstream jazz, there are occasional opportunities to solo, usually towards the end of a piece of music. Where the bass does feature as the main instrument is in Jazz Funk. Quite often this is the Fender Bass. The Bass and Drums are critically important in these styles and carry most of the “musical weight” at times. Here it is about the groove and technique. Stanley Clark and Marcos Miller stand out as major exponents of this style. Jaco Pastorius was the great electric bass genius in Jazz Rock. In Rock in general, the best bands, the “tight” bands, have good and consistent drummers, and electric bass players, be it the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, through to Death Metal now.
What is Needed.
A musical framework supplied by bass lessons Brisbane has today is a good starting point for anyone wanting to start a musical career playing the bass.
There are structured courses at certificate, diploma, and degree level.
For the Bass, be it a double bass or electric bass, knowing all the important scales, chords and arpeggios is very important. A double Bass player, like Ray Brown, would practice all day running through arpeggios, always working with a metronome, to make sure that all this was learnt and internalized. A sense of time is very important for a bass player as well and knowing different rhythm styles. A small group or big band might start drifting off somewhere, but the bass and drums must hold all the music together.
Theoretical studies in harmony and music, ensemble work, individual tuition, working with professionals, understanding the music business, and the chance to jam and play with different people in different styles can all be offered by bass lessons Brisbane has available. This is all part of the Jazz Music Institute, which in turn is part of education in Brisbane.
Jazz is a live music form mostly. Seeing great players for real and taking part is an important part of the learning process. Consequently, finding relevant events Brisbane has today is a good way to catch regular gigs. This is an important part of understanding the music. There is also fee help available under the Australian government’s study assist program for tertiary education.