Lessons

Because of my touring schedule, I teach bass and music theory whenever my schedule allows. I am a University of Miami "Studio Music and Jazz" Bachelors Degree Graduate. I have helped many students to realize their potential as well as prepare them for Music College. Many of my students have also been awarded scholarships.

Below is a sample of what I teach. My goal is to prepare you for any musical challenge you may encounter and also show you how to develop and nuture your own musical voice, avoiding the pitfall of becoming a parrot or mediocre copy of your favorite player.

Be Original, It Will Serve You Well.

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Ric Fierabracci Advanced Bass Curriculum

Private Lessons in Person in Burbank CA or Via Skype


Harmonic Concepts:

Intervals

Triads

Chord Families

Scale Sources

Arpeggios

Cycle Of 4ths

Major Diatonic Scales

Melodic Minor Diatonic Scales

Harmonic Minor Diatonic Scales

Symmetrical Scales

Asymmetrical Scales

Contrary Motion

Polychords

Slash Chords

Reharmonization

Tritone Substitution


Creating Bass Lines:

Anatomy Of A Bass Line

Walking Bass Line Construction

Outlining Chord Changes

Developing Rhythmic Bass Lines

Articulation:

Staccato

Legato

Accents

Muting

Ghosting Notes


Rhythmic Concepts:

Eighth Note Feel

Sixteenth Note Feel

   Triplet Feel

Poly Rhythms

Shuffle Vs. Straight Feel

African Concepts

Latin Concepts

Brazilian Concepts

Raggae

Swing/bebop

Halftime Feel

Odd Meter

Rhythmic Displacement


Improvisation:

Soloing Over Chord Changes:

Modal Changes

Standards

Rhythm Changes

Blues Changes With Sixth Chord Voice Leading

Linear Concepts

Melodic Considerations

Playing Inside/outside

Tension/release

Implied Changes

Giant Steps Concept

Use Of Space

Harmonizing

Digital Sequencing

Rhythmic Sequencing


Reading:

Sight Reading

Target Practice

Metronome Usage’s

Advanced Rhythms

Interpreting Charts

Chart Symbols

Writing Charts

  Reading Ahead

Cut Time Reading

Metric Modulation

Transcribing


Advanced Progressive Techniques:

Getting To Know Your Fingerboard

Scale Exercises

Right Hand Techniques

Left Hand Techniques

Harmonics

Slap

Tapping

Pitch Considerations

Fretless Exercises


Developing A Great Sound:

Visualization

Amps: Solid State Vs Tube

Speakers And Cabinets

Ohms And Impedance Considerations

Pickups

Preamps/poweramps

Direct Boxes

Distortion

Eq

Compression

Effects

Reverb For Bass

Studio Techniques That Work