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Spring 2022 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Bass: Intro to Upright and/or Electric Bass for the Non-Bassist

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7042

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

Master the functional concepts on upright and/or electric bass that can immediately help the bassist in your ensemble reach their 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 is needed in order to take this course.

How this 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. 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. 

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

Requirements

Chat Session

Prerequisites

Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements

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

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

Adjunct Faculty, 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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