Create more expressive solos.
Effective improvisation can add fun and individuality to bass parts. In Playing the Changes: Bass, Paul Del Nero presents a unique improvisation strategy based on ear training and a linear interpretation of note relationships.
In this technique, improvised lines are derived from the harmonic construction of chord progressions. Learn how to choose appropriate notes by listening for the tendencies of pitches within modes and tetrachords – groupings of four notes in a scale. In Playing the Changes: Bass, you’ll explore the possibilities of focused and linear improvisation, and develop your ability to create musically effective melodies with greater freedom and depth of expression.
Comprehensive, step-by-step instruction will guide you as you:
- Develop an expectation of sound—an intuitive sense for which notes to choose and where your chosen notes will lead the melody.
- Master the movement of notes over modes and harmonies.
- Become comfortable improvising over jazz standards such as “Blue Bossa,” “Tune Up,” and “Long Ago and Far Away.”
- Create your own chord pads to use as you practice recognizing the tendencies of pitches within chord progressions.
Audio includes demonstration and play-along tracks, with additional practice tracks available at the website playingthechanges.com.