Courses

Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals

Course Number
ILBS-110
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
All except bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course provides non-bassists with a working knowledge and ability to perform basic bass parts and bass lines. Developing a good sound, fretboard knowledge, right and left hand technique, basic major and minor scales, arpeggios, and common patterns inherent to the bass guitar will be covered.

Bass Lab – Reading 1

Course Number
ILBS-111
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the basic techniques and styles of bass playing in a variety of idioms.

Bass Lab – Reading 2

Course Number
ILBS-112
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Continuation of ILBS-111.

Bass Fundamentals

Course Number
ILBS-115
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall Only
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
General physical and mechanical aspects of playing the double bass and electric bass (four-, five-, and six-string) will be covered in depth, along with proper performance practices. Topics will include instrument construction, repair, and maintenance; proper body posture for effective bass playing; physical problems associated with performance; theoretical make-up of the fingerboard; and proper fingering concepts of both hands. This course is meant to be a basics manual for the bassist. Student participation via performance in class will be required.

Bass Lab – Lines 1

Course Number
ILBS-121
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the construction and performance of bass lines through chord changes in standard, popular, and jazz tunes.

Pedalogy: Effects for Bass

Course Number
ILBS-130
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Hands-on training using current digital equipment and electronic effect devices including reverbs, delays, EQ, compressors, distortion, loopers, and synth-modules. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these effects, including practical skills in order to master their use in actual performance situations.

 

Rock Bass Lab

Course Number
ILBS-141
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
PIBS-111
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Study, through performance, of a wide variety of rock bass playing techniques from the '60s through the '90s. Students will perform transcriptions, read and sight read typical bass lines, and demonstrate general and specific aspects of a particular rock bass style.

Elementary Double Bass Lab

Course Number
ILBS-181
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Intended primarily for electric bass players, this lab focuses on basic concepts of double bass playing: fingering, bowing, and sound production. Students are required to have access to a double bass and a bow for use in class and practice.

Jaco Pastorius Bass Lab

Course Number
ILBS-201
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
PIBS-211 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

ILBS-201 is intended to provide intermediate and advanced bass students with the opportunity to closely study the style, technique, and writing of the legendary Jaco Pastorius. The semester will begin with early Jaco recordings, his first solo record, Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, and others. Students will have the opportunity to listen, analyze, and play songs, bass lines, and solos from each phase. The semester will progress with mid and then later recordings, always focusing on the more influential and monumental pieces. Video footage from both YouTube and Jaco's own instructional videos will be included. Students will develop grooves and compositions in Jaco's style.

Bass Tap Technique Chord Lab

Course Number
ILBS-209
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 2
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

An overview of chords, voice leading, scales, melodic interpretation, and overall groove utilizing the "two hand tap" technique innovated by Stu Hamm, Victor Wooten, and others. 

Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals 2

Course Number
ILBS-210
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ILBS-P110
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course is intended to provide further study and advancement for students who have completed ILBS-110, Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals. The course will begin with refining and developing technique and sound on the electric bass. Exercises involving arpeggios, scales, intervals, etc. are utilized to further develop fretboard knowledge and awareness. Four-part chords, scales, and modes will be introduced and used in bass line application. In addition, students will also learn basic slapping technique. Each week the bass line to a song will be learned and performed along with the recorded song.

Bass Lab – Reading 3

Course Number
ILBS-211
Credits
1
Course Chair
Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Bass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

A continuation of ILBS-111 and ILBS-112. Material presented will advance the concepts taught in those labs. The focus will be on out-of-class preparation of written examples as well as in-class sight-reading at an advanced level.

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