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Fall 2021 MECA, Spring 2022 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

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

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7032

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

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. 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.

Students who do not have much experience playing bass (or string instruments in general) may want to start with Intro to Upright and Electric Bass. If you are unsure which course is best for you, please send a short video of yourself playing something to [email protected].

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.

Requirements

Chat Session

Prerequisites

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

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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