I am a bass player with about 15 years of rock band experience whose first love has always been smooth jazz. Now I am working to move in that direction but my improvising skills are weak at best. I want to know if and how your book would help this bass player realize his goals of being able to improvise at will and gather a much better musical understanding.
In this free video lesson, I show you the first step in the IFR method for bass. The exercise is called "Cloud" and it teaches you to visualize all of the notes on the neck of your bass as one continuous chain of half steps.
I play in a blues band and quite often I need to compose bass riffs spontaneously to support the guitarist. When he is soloing I play walking bass lines easily enough; however when he is playing the head I tend to copy him. I am trying to move away from this to play less notes and support his head with an independent part. What do you recommend doing here?
IFR bass players, did you know that you can already get a great walking bass sound using nothing more than the chord notes? It's also a great preparation for more advanced playing in the future. Here is a demonstration of the concept.
In this lesson, I show you how just a small alteration to the Mobility technique allows you to move all over the neck of your bass by whole steps. Once you've mastered both half steps and whole steps, you're ready to jump into IFR Exercise 2: Melody!