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Like many, I take lessons weekly and I am extremely passionate about them. Lately, we have been working on something that I am so happy about and I feel the need to share it. We have been working out of a book called “Patterns for Jazz” in bass clef. I know that working out of a book can be scary. Many say that books have a tendency to box people in or create too much of a crutch. However, this book serves as a great starting point if you or a student is looking at starting the journey through jazz bass.
The book is full of basic jazz riffs, scales, and chordal exercises that help many aspects of playing. On top of each of the scales are two numbers: the starting BPM and the ending BPM. You start the exercise playing it to the slower BPM and slowly play the exercise faster and faster until you get to the desired BPM. So, these exercises help acquaint yourself or the student with standard jazz riffs, they help with the speed of your playing, and your or the student’s technique. Each exercise is played over every key in a variety of positions.
I absolutely love and enjoy playing through these exercises. Generally, I spend about 15-20 minutes on the exercises, so they don’t demand a lot of your time. However, when consistently played, you will be able to hear your playing improving. This book is amazing and I highly recommend it!
You can buy it on amazon here .