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Contemporary Bass Guitar Grooves

with Bruce Gertz

Get a personal masterclass from one of the world’s top bassists. Master some of the main feels you'll encounter playing electric jazz bass and learn how to build basslines like a pro.

Over 30 video-lessons with play along tracks. Led by Bruce Gertz, award-winning bass player and educator, and a professor with Berklee College of Music.

Instrument Bass

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  • Slow down and looping video player
  • ONE 1-2-1 feedback sessions from Bruce
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Course Length
31 lessons · 71m 45s

Award-wining bassist and educator Bruce Gertz (Berklee) teaches you how to build bass lines and master the major feels you'll encounter on electric jazz bass.

This course includes 2 "challenge assignments" for you to complete. Each challenge comes with personal 1-2-1 feedback and support from Bruce so you know exactly what to do next to improve.

In this course, Bruce starts with a recap of the basics, introducing you to how he teaches key concepts of pulse & time. He then moves on to demonstarting the major feels you'll encounter as an electric jazz bassist including:

  • Walking bass
  • 16th note funk
  • Slap bass
  • Latin tumbao
  • Double time
  • Ballad feel and many more. 

Bruce then looks in detail at key articulation techniques that will make your playing sound authentic and professional, including pull-offs, double pull-offs, ghost notes, pickup notes, skips and drops.

You'll then learn how a pro builds a bass line, bringing together harmony, groove and time-feel. Bruce explains 8 different approaches to creating a bass line, demonstrated over 5 sample chord progressions.

The course includes play along tunes for each of the 5 chord progressions. Also, this couse on MusicGurus.com allows you to slow-down and loop any part of the lesson so you can easily learn and copy what Bruce plays.

Please note this course was originally published as a DVD and converted from this format - it is therefore in Standard Definition quality.

Lesson Plan

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Building bass lines, point A to point B, brief theory of root motion, 8 approach options

Example 1 - Getting started with roots & fifths

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Bruce Gertz

Bruce Gertz is an award-winning bassist (acoustic and electric), composer, educator, and author. He is a professor of bass at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught since 1976.

Bruce is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Performance Award Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council Musical Composition Award, and numerous awards for outstanding bassist, from Boston Music Awards, A.S.C.A.P. Plus Popular Awards, and multiple recognition awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Jazz Education Network. Bruce also serves on the board of directors of the International Society of Bassists.

Bruce has performed and recorded with such artists as Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, John Abercrombie, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and many others.

His extensive discography and additional information can be found at www.brucegertz.net.

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