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Spring 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Bass: Jazz Bass for the Non-Bassist, Upright and Electric

Date

February 13-May 5, 2023

Course Code

6213

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 6.

Overview

Learn the building blocks of improvising on the double bass or bass guitar in a jazz style. Develop walking bass lines and improvised solos from chord charts and discover methods for instructing young bassists in a jazz ensemble setting.

How the course works:

The course is done completely on your own time, there are no scheduled meetings. There are six units, about one per week during the summer term, and about one every two weeks during the fall and spring. Assignments are due at the end of each unit. Students will watch the instructor’s videos and read the content, then make videos of themselves demonstrating the skills. The instructor will watch your videos and provide feedback, which students can then apply to your next assignments.

This course will include:

•  Playing accompanimental bass lines in swing, straight-eighth notes and ballad styles

•  Fingerboard/fretboard layout and fingerings

•  Basic harmonic structures of relevant chord/scale relationships

•  Navigating common jazz chord progressions

•  Concepts in improvisation

•  Learning six standard jazz tunes

•  Concepts in jazz education

Students can choose either upright or electric bass to take this course. No previous jazz or improvisation experience necessary.

Note: This course is limited to 10 participants.

 

 

Requirements

Chat Session

This course is asynchronous. Please contact the instructor to request a meeting.

Prerequisites

Upright & Electric Bass for the Non-Bassist or equivalent (please contact the instructor with any questions).

Required Text(s)

Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

doug bistrow

Doug Bistrow

String Bass
Doug Bistrow has given over 150 concerts per year, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Silk Road Ensemble, Edgar Meyer, Howard Levy, The Metropolitan Jazz Octet, Time For Three, Johnny Osborne, Ky-Mani Marley, Corey Chisel, Keith & Tex, and many others. Bistrow is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, the Metropolis Symphony, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. He is on the faculty at VanderCook College of Music and the Merit School of Music, where he teaches double bass, jazz studies, music history, and music theory. He also owns and operates Audio Bistro Recording Studio in Chicago’s Logan Square.

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