Become a Better Bassist with Berklee
Develop your sound and become a well-rounded bassist. Learn rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic bass lines, and advance your blues, rock, and jazz playing.
Learn to play R&B bass in the style of the master players. Expand your bass playing in the context of a professional, live music performance or recording session.
Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles.
Gain the tools and knowledge you need to improvise jazz bass lines like a seasoned professional. Learn to play great jazz bass lines, recognize common chord progressions in jazz standards, and study the work of jazz bass greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride.
Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.
Popularized in the 70s with groups such as Sly and the Family Stone, slap bass has become an essential technique in any electric bassists toolkit. In Slap Bass, you will learn the fundamentals of playing slap, from traditional to advanced modern techniques, and learn to construct your own slap lines over original songs.
Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.
Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
Learn the foundational knowledge necessary to become an accomplished bass player in the areas of Rock, R&B, Jazz & Funk. Create bass lines and solos in any genre, and gain awareness of time.
Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)
Become a confident performer and player by learning the essential facets of bass playing: performance, technique, improvisation, and style in the areas of rock, blues, and jazz.
Become the heart and soul of the ensemble by learning the bass styles of the major blues-based genres of the past half-century.
Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
Develop your ears and transcribing skills, learn the solo riffs, licks, mental process, and practice methods of the masters, and establish a solid path towards becoming an accomplished improviser yourself!
Fall Term Starts September 29 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates
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