Rehearsals are a fundamental element of any kind of career in music. We work hard on preparation for any live performance or recording and rehearsing is yet another tool we can continually work on getting better at. I’m so happy that I threw the camera up to capture a rehearsal with Peter Erskine’s band just before heading to Japan on tour. I’ve narrated it with video shot after the fact to give my insights and thoughts about what you might be able to learn from the footage.This content is for members only.
The biggest issue i’ve faced in bass playing in my career has been how to practice effectively whilst being on the road. I’m in Monte Carlo this week and have been working on some solutions of how to manage my practice time effectively.This content is for members only.
With the amount of traveling I’m doing this year it’s been imperative to find a practice routine that works both at home and on the road. I’m going to be posting a series of these videos so you can see behind the scenes of how practicing during an intense work schedule works! Never before has technology been so immense that it’s able to capture high quality video and audio with very little equipment. So I’m psyched to be able to travel with a Zoom H6 and my iPhone 6s and capture both high quality audio and video from the most unlikely places on the planet.This content is for members only.
It’s finally turned a little cold in California and this was the beginning of my practice routine to get warm, identify some issues, such as some of the major arpeggio things I was having difficulty with and needed to slow down.This content is for members only.
I threw the camera up while I was working on some 8th note time and sound things. The bass line is completely random walking in 4 that I recorded into the looper, and the soloing doesn’t have any set harmonic structure. I’m looking for ideas, developing them as far as I can, and then moving onto the next one. This is a few minutes from a 3 hr practice session just to give you an idea of what I’m working on on a daily basis.This content is for members only.
I’m working on some melodic minor ideas using triads amongst other things of course. The triads were the main focus of this session, but motivic development, sound, and time are always at the top of my list no matter what harmonic element I’m working on.
Are there any musical phrases that you always wanted to figure out but never took the time to sit down and work on? well I woke up today on a mission to figure out this particularly difficult Michael Brecker phrase that I have been listening to most of my musical life, and just never taken the time to look at the detail of it. It’s early enough in the day that I’m still in my PJs, so that’s how much of a mission I was on with this one!This content is for members only.
Being prepared for a gig is a very important part of the learning process for me, and there are a ton of aspects to being prepared for a musical situation that will also help you keep the gig you’re on.
Learning songs and keeping a gig Part 1 is huge!
Check out this first in a two-part video lesson where I’m trying to re-boot the partition of my brain that knows how to play bebop and unison lines! You can have a bit of a laugh at my expense as I work through a tricky song, but also take a look inside the process of what it takes to make me feel okay with leaving the house and going to a gig I’ve committed to.This content is for members only.
Here’s another practice session. I was taping tons of new footage for the site an took a break to practice for a while and hit record to give you a look at this repeated note idea I had been working on. There will be a full lesson on the site soon deconstructing this idea, but in the meantime I would love to see some posts and thoughts in the forum on this idea, and hear people’s feedback!This content is for members only.
This was a video that was never actually intended for the site, but after a post in the forum about working on composition I thought this became relevant. It’s just me running tape to catch an idea I was having while writing some new material, and instead of writing it down it seemed quicker just to hit the record button on the camera and play my idea into the lens as I originally intended it. It can be quite hard to convey an emotion or a particular phrasing when notating music sometimes, so with a recording or a video like this there’s no forgetting what it is you played when you first had the idea for the song. You’ll notice that I repeat the melodic idea over and over again which is part of my process for both learning and writing music.This content is for members only.