Lesson 6 – Teach Me Bass Guitar

At just over 1 hour, Lesson 6 packs a lot of punch.  We are introduced to both the “Shuffle Style” and the “Swing Style” as well as taught a handful of Jazz solo licks.  Roy starts out by talking about swing time feel and how it relates to 12/8 rhythm and triplets. He then demonstrates the shuffle feel which leads us to the first tune “Shufflin’ Along”. This is a cool little number that I really dig and am proud to say that I was able to pick up right away.  Roy does a great job at explaining how all of the notes relate to specific chords and progressions.  The theory talk is still a little over my head here, but I am definitely starting to get it.

From here we move on to Jazz Swing Style and Swing Jazz Licks.  Now I must admit, I have never really played any jazz in all my years of playing so this is pretty much all new stuff to me.  A lot of the theory in this part made my head hurt, but this is the kind of stuff I was hoping to learn when I started this course, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining.  In this section Roy gives us six different Jazz Licks to work on, which actually makes the process seem pretty simple when broken down into individual bars. The second tune in Lesson 6 is called “Don’t Be Bop” and man is it tough.  This one is going to take me a while to master, I can tell you that right now.  Roy suggests working through it at a very slow tempo and slowing increase the speed as you get comfortable with it.  Fortunately, Roy helps us work through the tune very slowly before moving on to the play along section.

At this point we are told that from here we will be moving on to the intermediate section of the course.  I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for sticking with this thus far, and know that keeping up with this blog has gone a long way in motivating me to keep going.  Thank you all for your comments and support both here and on Talk Bass, know that they are truly appreciated.  Until next time, cheers!

To read this series from the beginning start here:  http://wp.me/pRvjK-h

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