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Upright & Electric Bass: Level I

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All online MECA courses begin
on February 3 and conclude on
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Registration for all online
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Spring break for online
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Upright & Electric Bass: Level I

Master the functional concepts on upright and/or electric bass that can immediately help the bassist in your ensemble reach their fullest potential. Learn correct techniques for the right and left hands; practical approaches for developing bass lines in rock, jazz and Latin music styles; how to apply scale and arpeggio knowledge to improvise using chord charts that do not include a written-out note-for-note bass line; common fingering patterns for major and minor scales; arpeggios; and bass lines for the blues and common progressions such as ii-V7-I. You’ll leave this course feeling prepared to teach all levels of bass as well as compose and perform bass lines encountered in many genres. Only one type of bass, upright or electric, is needed to take this course.

Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate basic techniques on the double bass and/or electric bass (bass guitar).

  • Understand fingerboard layout and how to find proper fingerings.

  • Play with good tone.

  • Read and improvise on a jazz chord chart.

  • Master self control and personal goal-setting.

  • Learn level-appropriate repertoire.

  • Perform at a level that will allow demonstration for students and colleagues.

Instructor: Doug Bistrow

Bistrow,_Doug_headshot_2017_BRIDoug Bistrow received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he majored in string bass performance and jazz & contemporary media. An active performer giving 150-200 concerts per year, he has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Time For Three, members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Johnny Osborne, Ky-Mani Marley, Corey Chisel, Keith & Tex, and many others. Bistrow is a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. He teaches double bass at VanderCook, and is on the faculty at the Merit School of Music, where he teaches double bass, jazz studies, music history and music theory. Bistrow has performed and recorded with artists including Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Steve Million, Greg Ward, Bobby Schiff, Katie Todd and the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir. He also owns and operates Audio Bistro Recording Studio in Chicago's Logan Square. 
 
 

Course Details

Instructor: Doug Bistrow
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
 
Course Code: 7949
 
Online
 
Chat Sessions:
None
 
Prerequisites:
Students must have access to an upright and/or electric bass 
 
Required text(s):
 
The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid (Alfred Music, ISBN 978-0967601502)
 
New Method for String Bass, Vol. 1 by Franz Simandl (Carl Fischer, ISBN 0825801524)
 
* Students are responsible for purchasing required materials
 
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Headphones or speakers will be required (laptop speakers/earbuds will not be sufficient)
 
 

SUMMER ONLINE COURSE DETAILS

 

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 10. The week prior to June 10, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 10, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

 

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