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Okay, welcome to the advanced
lessons on the electric
bass curriculum here at
the John Patitucci
ArtistWorks Jazz Bass School.
Here, it's really important that
you've gone through at the basic and
the intermediate lesson so that you have
the background and the foundation, and
the comfort level frankly, to incorporate
the stuff we're gonna deal with here.
And the idea is not
really to copy note for
note all the time,
although some of that should be done.
I'm gonna encourage you to do some
transcription, not just my stuff, but
really some of the great
recordings of the greats.
Jazz heroes, like Miles and
Coltrane, or Jeff Baker,
or Freddie Hubbard,
all these kinds of things.
The idea is to get the concepts and
the language down of jazz, to listen and
immerse yourself in this language just
like you learned your native tongue.
Wherever you come from,
you learned by hearing it from your folks.
You learned by immersion
in the culture of it.
You didn't start off with grammar books.
[LAUGH] You start off by using your ear
and copying the accent that you heard.
So, in this advanced part of the
curriculum, this is extremely important,
of course, it's important in all three
areas of the curriculum, but here, we're
dealing with more advanced musical ideas
and tunes that are a little trickier.
I've chosen tunes that have some
recognizable changes that you can apply
what you've learned and how, what you
learn here to hundreds of other tunes that
have some of these kinds of changes,
some of these sequences that we all know.
Whether it's rhythm changes, or
bird blues, or things that
you'll encounter a lot in jazz.
I'm also going to share
with you play alongs from
my upcoming recording which
is my first real electric
jazz recording with some great players.
Brian Blade on drums, and
Steve Cardenas, and Adam Rogers.
And, in fact, there will be some play
alongs here in the advanced part where
you'll be playing with actual
tracks from the recording.
Just took my track off and
you'll be, it'll be your record.
So, I hope that you really
enjoy this section.
I've made it a little bit
wide open at this point.
There is, it's tricky here
with the fret board part of it because
not everybody has a six string bass, but
I will show you a couple things
about how you can use that cuz for
instance, in the acoustic bass advanced
site we do three active scales.
Not everybody has a bass where they can
do a bunch of three octave scales on
their electric, cuz you have to have
at least a 24 fret instrument for that.
So, six-string helps,
like I'm holding here.
And I can show some of that stuff as well.
But, I really want you to dive
into the tunes harmonically,
the grooves that go with the tunes.
Really opening up your ears and
being able to assimilate
this language of jazz and
the vocabulary of bebop and such.
And some of the stylistic things of some
of the South American styles that we cover
as well.
So, welcome to the advanced curriculum for
the electric bass at the John Patitucci
Jazz Bass School at ArtistWorks.
Thanks for coming and
it's gonna be fun to hear from you
soon on these video exchanges.