To deal with every gig, job, recording and any kind of playing in your bass journey, you are going to be well equipped with lots of essential basic stuffs in the coming 1.5 years, including hands pose, fingers touching, note value, beats, octave, shuffle and triplet rhythm, musical signs, arpeggios, scale and around 20-30 beginner bass songs!
Then, you will learn different crucial genres in nowadays western music, namely Blues, funk, rock and metal. You will understand common forms, tones, dynamics and other characteristics of those genres and their influential sub-genres. Of course, you need to learn some typical tunes of different genres in this stage. Besides, you will study fundamental music theories such as key signatures, circle of 5th and chord intervals for future learning and Grade 5 exam.
(Grade 1 TO 5)
Intermediate is not that easy and many guys quit or get stuck at this stage! I will help you to develop your skills, techniques and knowledge you’ve learnt in the primary stage to a new level. As experience accrual, you will get used to play tightly, accurately and tunefully.
You are going to learn a number of new techniques, covering slapping, tapping, string crossing, double-stop, bass chord, harmonic, etc. You need to go through particular exercises such as “Flea’s style slapping”, “Larry Graham’s style slapping”, Jamiroquai style funk groove, Tommy Shannon’s Blues Rock bassline, etc. As usual, you will be playing lots of tunes related to the above mentioned stuffs. Apart from physical techniques, you also need to keep an eye on your inner time feel, dynamics and tone when playing.
In common with many intermediate bass players on this planet, you have to learn a bunch of indispensable music theories, for instance, modes, diatonic chord progression, extended chord, etc. You will easily perform very well in Grade 8 exam if you could master the above mentioned things.
(Grade 5 to 7)
You will definitely feel like you’ve found countless buried treasure if you’ve reached this stage.
You will start following giants step by deep studying in a wide range of masters’ works, for example, dense slapping bassline of Marcus Miller, Mark King and Larry Graham, James Jamerson’s one finger technique and Pino Palladino’s famous bassline. You will also start enjoying the art of walking bassline from hand position and touching to habitually practice to uncommon approaches. For techniques, double thump, palm-muting, and many more!
In addition, we will spend countless hours to talk about modulation, altered chord and scale, diminished scale, chord substitution and the application of harmonic minor and melodic minor. Last but not least, you have to call back the knowledge in your memory and mix all you’ve learnt before together In order to improvise and compose in this stage!
進入這個階段，就如成功尋獲寶藏。您將會深入及大量地研習不同低音結他大師的傑作。同時您將學習彈奏walking bass，包括手法及各種章法，並學到各高階程度的彈奏技術。 另外，你還會學到更艱深的樂理及其應用，如和弦替換、轉調等。最後，您必須有能力把早前所學融會貫通，再學習作曲、編曲及即興彈奏。