The African Bass Lesson Part 2
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The African Bass Lesson Part 2

Electric bass guitar, the African way. Groovier than ever.
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Created by Edd Bateman
Last updated 7/2018
English
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 25 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to confidently approach different African Rhythms developing your own credible Basslines
  • Where to take direction from the drummer and understand the important role of the rhythm section
  • Why African Salsa is such a big influence on Congolese music and how to play it
  • How to structure an engaging Bass Solo over any genre
Requirements
  • You should be a bass player at any level
Description

Continuing on from what you've learnt in Part 1 you'll be introduced to the West African styles of Mbalax and Afro Mandingue Kora music. Part 2 was filmed mainly in Senegal to so you can feel what it's like to work with a live Mbalax band and to discover the wild Sabar drum patterns prevalent in the genre. We'll demonstrate how to accompany a Griot Kora player from the notorious Cissokho family of hereditary musicians in The Casamance region and we'll breakdown African Salsa and learn how to play Tumbao against a clave pattern. Plus we'll recap on what we've covered in Part 1 by looking again at Soukous, Sungura and Zouk.

Also included:

  • Improvisation - stock your arsenal with techniques and scales to build a strong bass solo

  • Techniques - a further breakdown of Soukous thumb technique

  • Ear Training - how to recognise your intervals

  • Musicology - learn how Salsa evolved from Africa

  • Recap - test yourself creating new Soukous and Zouk lines

The songs played come complete with notation, bass tab and backing tracks with the professional live Senegalese band 'Pene Deux'. At any point during the course you can contact me with questions or send audio or video clips of your bass playing to the African Bass Lesson Facebook page for feedback. A suggested listening list to accompany the course is available at African Bass Lesson .com

Who this course is for:
  • Any bass guitarist who is interested in African music or different styles of bass playing
  • Any African bassist wanting to improve their skills and knowledge of different genres
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:30:43
+ How to play African Salsa
4 lectures 17:05
Introduction to African Salsa
03:05
Learning The Tumbao
06:11
African Salsa Track 1
04:08
African Salsa Track 2
03:41
+ Mbalax - Senegal
5 lectures 16:49
Introducing Mbalax and Sabar Drums
01:45
Sabar rhythms with Drum Kit
01:30
Accompanying Sabar Rhythms with Bass
01:44
Mbalax Track 1
06:17
+ Ear Training, Improvisation
9 lectures 18:48
Introduction to Section 4
00:33
Intervals - Quality & Distance
04:53
Intervals - Melodic Ascending
01:01
Intervals- Melodic Descending
01:18
Intervals - Harmonic Ascending & Descending
00:39
How to Improvise
00:45
Improvisation - Scales
03:12
Improvisation - Techniques
02:46
Improvisation - Approach
03:41
+ Thumb Technique, Soukous, Zouk & More Ear Training
7 lectures 20:44
Introduction to Section 5
00:35
Soukous Track 3
04:05
Zouk Track 3
03:25
Intervals - Combinations
00:33
What we'll work on next time
03:48
Credits
01:51