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Learn to Improvise Jazz Bass – The Music Theory of Arpeggios

$54.99 $12.00

4.88 (12 reviews)


What you’ll learn

  • Improvise better bass lines on day 1
  • Discover how simple arpeggios can create dynamic jazz bass lines
  • Gain confidence playing bass and improvising (in any style)
  • Improve rhythm, groove and contour with targeted lessons

Jazz bass can be a fun to play. But, it can also seem overwhelming for many players. This video survival guide is short and sweet – focusing on music theory concepts like arpeggios, numerals, intervals and rhythm. Motivated jazz bassists will be encouraged to practice arpeggios against jam tracks, playing better improvisations on day 1.  If you can already improvise a bass line over any set of changes, this course will be too basic for you.  But, for everyone else, you’ll be glad you invested your time to learn the material in this concise video workshop.

5-Stars – “This is an excellent course that helped expand my understanding and use of arpeggios.” -Walt (Udemy Student)

Without the confidence to improvise a bold (and fun) bass line, jazz bass can become an ordeal.  This course demonstrates an effective way to overcome common challenges by mastering arpeggios. You’ll learn to use arpeggios and music theory to write (or improvise) bass parts that flow well and are fun to play. This workshop-style course is optimized to be short and sweet. Intermediate players may already know many of the concepts, but many non-experts will gain powerful new insights.

Improvise better bass lines on day 1.

Jazz bass is a lifelong pursuit for many players.  It is impossible to imagine ever “knowing it all” when it comes to jazz. When I was a student (in both private and academic environments), nobody every suggested that I could transform my bass playing over the next 24 hours. But, looking back, I wish someone had helped me understand how and why the arpeggio could have helped me do EXACTLY that. Every time I’ve made a giant leap in my jazz bass playing, it was related to a deeper understanding of harmony (a.k.a. arpeggios).  I’ve shared my insights with private students and bandmates for over a decade and now I’m explaining the whole process through these video lessons.

Each brief video lecture either focuses on a specific music theory concept (arpeggios, inversions, intervals, etc.) or highlights how they can be used in the real world. I’m assuming that you are going to take these principles and run with them.  We’ll focus on the essential skills that will give you the confidence you need to play jazz and improvise bass parts on stage and in rehearsal.  I’ll make clear recommendations for what you should practice and I’ve prepared bass tab and jam tracks to make your journey more immediate and enjoyable.

You’ll learn to perform these valuable skills, essential to improvising good jazz bass lines:

  • Using numerals to identify chord progressions

  • Matching numerals to arpeggio qualities

  • Major, minor, dominant, augmented, half-diminished and diminished arpeggios  

This course is a powerful primer for the right student – jazz bassists who already have a grasp of music theory fundamentals, but in need of practical strategy. Students should already understand the following music theory concepts:

  • Triads

  • Scales

  • Major, Minor and Dominant Chords

  • Proper Fretting Technique

Demystify jazz bass improvisation with arpeggios… I did.

As a bassist, you want to establish a reliable groove and keep listeners (and bandmates) engaged. In a word, you create the foundation, right?  You’ll get dynamic, adaptable tips for creating that foundation confidently in the real world… on stage. Plus, this approach unlocks any jazz standard or chord progression. Many jazz standards contain familiar harmonic patterns. There are patterns everywhere in music and mastering different arpeggios (major, dominant, diminished, etc.) on your bass is one of the most efficient and elegant ways to command your band and provide that foundation.

Think of it! Confidence, certainty AND spontaneity. Learn from my experience as a gigging musician. Your bandmates will notice (and appreciate) when your bass parts support them more effectively. I’ve cultivated this curriculum in the world’s greatest jazz laboratory – thousands of live gigs that I’ve played.  Don’t delay your musical potential – if you’re struggling with improvising jazz bass lines, this course will give you a significant boost!

This course represents the most useful lessons that I’ve learned.  Plus, you’ll benefit from my concise instruction – without wasting any time getting to the good stuff.  You’ll leverage your existing skills even further, while feeling more liberated (and creative)!

Contents and Overview

First, you’ll get a series of “refresher” lessons that will cover the essential music theory concepts we’ll be talking about. Very basic, but fundamental – the introduction section reviews common, but important music theory concepts. Next, you’ll begin learning every common arpeggio that (Western) music theory has to offer:

  • Major

  • Minor

  • Dominant

  • Augmented

  • Half-Diminished (m7b5)

  • Diminished (Fully)

Section 2 concludes with practice recommendations integrated with a downloadable audio jam track.  Plus, you’ll get a quiz to help you evaluate whether or not you’re ready to move on to the next section. These particular arpeggio lessons are crucial to developing a better way of thinking about chords and notes in terms of numbers and intervals.  If you’re struggling with “reading” changes in realtime, this approach (using arpeggio music theory) will thoroughly alter your perception of how a bass line can function under even the most complex jazz chord changes.  You’ll unlock your creative potential and begin feeling much, much more confident right away.

Using the downloadable jam tracks – a 12 bar blues – gives you the perfect sandbox for practicing and improving your use of arpeggios.  From Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker (and even the flamboyant harmonic progressions of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter) the 12 bar blues has always been the preferred jazz “sandbox”. The more you “play” the more you’ll learn.

Moving along, you’ll discover (or rediscover) how inversions can open up a whole new world in your bass playing.  Arpeggio inversions take practice, but you’ll have a head start with easy-to-read bass tabs to get you started. You’ll learn about “pedaling” and using inversions. This topic is extremely valuable for playing walking bass lines and I’ll give you tips on how to “walk” confidently by using simple inverted arpeggios. These lessons also culminate in a hands on demo, practice recommendations and another quiz.

Continuing your journey to improvisational confidence, we’ll examine the topic of groove.  I’ll provide you with clear guidance for improving your timing. You’ll also learn a simple system for practicing EVERY single possible (Western) rhythm by counting, navigating and omitting 1/8th and 1/16th notes. Playing jazz bass should be fun – not simply academic.  Groove work is fun and powerful – don’t miss it! The whole point of developing your chops is so that you can focus on the groove and have a good time, when you’re on stage.

Finally, you’ll wrap things up by learning some easy-to-understand rules for creating great melodic contour. Once again, you’ll find that arpeggios, arpeggio patterns and their harmonic relationship plays to your advantage (making contoured playing easier).  Learn about employing (1) common tones, the (2) interval of a major 3rd and other intervalic patterns to ensure that your improvised bass lines flow and remain dynamic in realtime.

Know where you’re going.  Know when you get there.

Jazz bass is a big topic and this course is designed to boost your confidence when playing. Supplemental excercises include jam tracks, tabs and insights – all designed to support you as you develop your knowledge of arpeggios.  If you’re a beginner to jazz bass, this course may seem quite challenging (but approachable if you’re motivated). If you’re an expert, you’ll likely feel these lessons are only review. But, if you’re an intermediate student with a desire to learn and practice, this course on arpeggios and music theory will undoubtedly help you make significant gains.

Free downloads include bass tab (proper arpeggio fingerings and example bass lines), audio files that complement each bass tab (so that students can use their ears to confirm that they’re playing correctly) and midi files (that can be used by students in any practice software of their choice).

Demystify jazz bass, starting today.  These bass lessons can become your survival guide and you’ll quickly find your footing with even the most challenging chord changes. As your instructor, I’m always engaged and available to answer questions. Enroll today and get started learning to improvise jazz bass with the music theory of arpeggios.

Who this course is for:

  • Intermediate bass players who want a system and strategy for improvising bass lines
  • This course is NOT for you if you’re already easily improvising jazz bass lines over any set of changes

Course content

  • Introduction
  • Arpeggios to the Rescue
  • Inversions & Walking Bass
  • Groove Essentials
  • About Bass Line Contour
  • Conclusion

12 reviews for Learn to Improvise Jazz Bass – The Music Theory of Arpeggios

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.


  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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