CHRISTIAN McBRIDE


FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ BASS AND BEYOND

SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER

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21 LESSONS

Scales, rhythmic development, melodic concepts, upper structure harmony – all of these concepts are examined and demonstrated brilliantly by Christian. Whether you’ve been playing jazz for 2 months or 2 decades – players of all levels can benefit from learning and applying the concepts Christian puts forth.

LIVING NOTATION

Don’t just study Christian's concepts. Experience the blues, phrasing, bebop, feel, solo and thematic development first hand with our Living Notation technology. Follow Christian's solos in real time with our interactive notation system. It's never been easier to get inside the mind of a bass master.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE

If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control - the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed. Or, loop a section with our easy drag and loop system. There's plenty of charts and notation to help you along the way, as well as multiple viewing angles for you to just watch and imitate.

21 LESSONS

Scales, rhythmic & development, melodic concepts, upper structure harmony - all of these concepts are examined and demonstrated brilliantly by Christian. Whether you've been playing jazz for 2 months or 2 decades - players of all levels can benefit from learning and applying the concepts Christian puts forth.

LIVING NOTATION

Don’t just study Christian's concepts. Experience the blues, phrasing, bebop, feel, solo and thematic development first hand with our Living Notation technology. Follow Christian's solos in real time with our interactive notation system. It's never been easier to get inside the mind of a bass master.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE

If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control - the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed. Or, loop a section with our easy drag and loop system. There's plenty of charts and notation to help you along the way, as well as multiple viewing angles for you to just watch and imitate.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN McBRIDE

Christian McBride is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist/composer who, since the early ‘90s, has recorded over 300 dates as a sideman and released albums as a leader since ’95.

Aside from various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, John McLaughlin, and George Duke, among others, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as Jazz Aspen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz House Kids, and NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark).

McBride tours consistently with his bands New Jawn and Tip City. He also fronts the Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue Records recording, The Good Feeling, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012—his third win overall. On September 22, 2017, Christian McBride’s Big Band will release their sophomore album, Bringin’ It.

In addition, McBride hosts a show on Sirius/XM and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. McBride was recently named host of “Jazz Night in America,” a new program from NPR Music and WBGO that showcases today’s thriving jazz scene. While he continues his role as Artistic Director for the Montclair Jazz Festival, 2017 also marked his first year in the same role for the critically acclaimed Newport Jazz Festival.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN McBRIDE

Christian McBride is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist/composer who, since the early ‘90s, has recorded over 300 dates as a sideman and released albums as a leader since ’95.

Aside from various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, John McLaughlin, and George Duke, among others, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as Jazz Aspen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz House Kids, and NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark).

McBride tours consistently with his bands New Jawn and Tip City. He also fronts the Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue Records recording, The Good Feeling, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012—his third win overall. On September 22, 2017, Christian McBride’s Big Band will release their sophomore album, Bringin’ It.

In addition, McBride hosts a show on Sirius/XM and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. McBride was recently named host of “Jazz Night in America,” a new program from NPR Music and WBGO that showcases today’s thriving jazz scene. While he continues his role as Artistic Director for the Montclair Jazz Festival, 2017 also marked his first year in the same role for the critically acclaimed Newport Jazz Festival.

LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

01. Building a Bassline
Legendary bassist Christian McBride welcomes you to Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond and then jumps right into the music with his techniques for building basslines.
(Running time 23:30)
02. Developing Your Sound
Christian has one of the most recognizable bass sounds in jazz. Learn his methods to develop your own unique sound.
(Running time 17:21)
03. Intonation
A crucial step in your musical progress, Christian explains his thoughts on developing good intonation on the bass.
(Running time 8:15)
04. Body Control
The bass is such a physically demanding instrument. Watch as Christian demonstrates proper control and relaxation on the instrument.
(Running time 9:17)
05. Bass Influences
Christian takes you through the players that influenced him as a young musician, and demonstrates how they contributed to his musical development.
(Running time 17:58)
06. Constructing a Solo
A well built solo has become part of the modern bassists arsenal. Watch Christian break down how he constructs a bass solo.
(Running time 10:34)
07. Practice Routine
Christian demonstrates a great practice session for maintaining your technique and musicality.
(Running time 4:41)
08. Piano for Non-Pianists
Learn how to build chords and melodies at the piano to unlock some useful harmonic and melodic possibilities.
(Running time 13:10)
09. "Lullaby for a Ladybug"
Christian breaks down his beautiful composition and talks about his composing process.
(Running time 12:39)
10. The 2 Feel
One of the most important feels in jazz, explained by the master.
(Running time 4:49)
11. Rhythm Changes
Christian invites pianist Peter Martin to join him as he demonstrates how to tackle the changes to “I Got Rhythm”.
(Running time 8:20)
12. Different Grooves
Not every song calls for a swing feel. Christian breaks down some important other grooves.
(Running time 4:57)
13. Leading a Band
Learn how to lead the band from the bottom.
(Running time 3:20)
14. Learning a Solo
Or learning a few solos from the classic Miles Davis Quintet recording of "Pfrancing".
(Running time 10:54)
15. Bebop - "Cherokee"
A bebop staple, played and analyzed by Christian with accompaniment by pianist Peter Martin.
(Running time 7:49)
16. Playing Fast
Christian demonstrates how to stay relaxed and musical at fast tempos.
(Running time 5:25)
17. Soloing with a Bow
Bring a whole new texture to the music by incorporating the bow in your solos.
(Running time 8:02)
18. Setup
Christian explains his instrument and stage setup.
(Running time 5:48)
19. Ron, Ray, and Paul
Christian teaches us the key elements of each of these three bass masters and demonstrated how to work them into our own playing.
(Running time 10:30)
20. Ballads
Learn the art of accompanying and soloing on ballads.
(Running time 7:54)
21. Interview
Pianist Peter Martin talks with Christian McBride about bass, career, and his musical influences growing up in Philadelphia.
(Running time 40:26)

LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

  • Building a Bassline (23:30)
  • Developing Your Sound (17:21)
  • Intonation (08:15)
  • Body Control (09:17)
  • Bass Influences (17:58)
  • Constructing a Solo (10:34)
  • Practice Routine (04:41)
  • Piano for Non-Pianists (13:10)
  • Lullaby for a Ladybug” (12:39)
  • The 2 Feel (04:49)
  • Rhythm Changes (08:20)
  • Different Grooves (04:57)
  • Leading a Band (03:20)
  • Learning a Solo – “Pfrancing” (10:54)
  • Bebop – “Cherokee” (7:49)
  • Playing Fast (05:25)
  • Soloing with a Bow (8:02)
  • Setup (05:48)
  • Ron, Ray, and Paul (10:30)
  • Ballads (07:54)
  • Interview (40:26)

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