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Electric Bass Lessons: America The Beautiful

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I'd like to talk about the piece America
the Beautiful.
That I heard from a lot of you that you've
seen it and wanted tablature for
that so there is music for the piece now
on the website.
And I'd like to analyze that piece right
now because what it does is actually
singles out the bass as not only a
supportive instrument but
it's a solo instrument as well.
And we're utilizing the bass sort of like
a guitar now.
We're, we're going to do a chord melody
support the chords with the low notes on
the bass.
And this piece really ended up being a, a
great example of how to do that.
I watched Jaco Pastorius play it.
And I was inspired by his arrangement.
And I continue to try to, to personalize
the arrangement for myself.
So, if we were to analyze my version
that's on the site here, it starts with.
It starts with an E pedal and, really, we
can start any, any kind of way and, and
I invite you to, kind of come up with your
own intro, but the, we started with it-
Basically the A chord, with the B petal.
Gives it
kind of like a five or a sus feeling lead,
leading to the E.
You could start, like this, using the A as
the root,
but I, I chose to use the E as the pedal.
That leads us into the melody.
let's talk about what we're using here, is
we're using just the thirds.
We've gone over a lot of the chords on the
bass in earlier lessons.
So it's a simple third with the,
with the A.
And I'm gonna go over, I'll, I'll show you
again, we talked about tenths, and we use
a lot of those tenths on this piece.
Where basically the A major scale.
So, to get your ear developed, I'd like
you to just practice that scale.
Using the-
Just kinda get, get those chords in your,
in your mind.
Now I add some notes in between just to
fill them out.
So again that's just adding the fifth to
the tenth, so it's the one, the five, and
the ten.
So that's yet another good exercise just
to scale, the A major scale.
So those are good warm-ups for this piece,
just to get you in the mood and the spirit
of this A.
A major.
By the way, you remember early on,
when we discussed what the tenth interval-
And that's basically just the third-
Up the octave.
So you get that sound
So that's the tenth sound.
And we use a lot of those in this piece.
So starting the, in starting the piece,
I'm just starting with the interval of the
Now this is where the five string comes in
handy, because I can do my-
Minor seven chord.
Again those
are just two five intervals that we've
covered earlier in the program as well.
So it's-
that falls really you know very
conveniently on the neck.
Now if we did, if we were just on the four
string we, we'd end up having to play,
So by having that fifth string available
to us it's just easy to-
then we're back to the second part, the
statement of the melody.
Now we're gonna-
Drop down to the low B.
So I'll go over that movement again.
It's the second half of the melody.
Love that chord.
now we're gonna flourish up to the
And I'm gonna raise the fifth.
Sus chord here.
And here's that scale again.
Remember we did that as we were
practicing our tenths.
And then-
That be-
Seven raise nine chord.
These are all covered in the theory,
artist works theory workshop, so
check those out.
All this is.
And the D chord, I'm doing the five of the
chord up here with A-
Grabbing the D-
So that's a pretty big stretch.
automatically get the melody in there
And with that arpeggio-
So it's-
And I'll skip to the ending on our,
because I'd turn around the end here on
the version on the site where-
me a chance to state the reprise again.
Now I'm gonna rely on that low B string
So that's actually a C major 7 chord.
it's basically gonna end that we're just
using the notes on
the bass that are pretty much under my
So that's the quick, short analysis of
America the Beautiful.