Inspired from "A Study in Fourths" by Walter Bishop, Jr. - Part 2
Here is the continuation of an earlier post based on the 1976 publication "A Study in Fourths" by the late, legendary pianist, Walter Bishop, Jr., dealing with the creation of lines utilizing the interval of a Perfect 4th. A free downloadable exercise is available.
Thanks, Bobby Stern!
Thank you, Mr. Bobby Stern, for sharing.
It's very cool for a horn player and musical educator to reach out to the bass playing community.
I only lately became aware of Walter Bishop, Jr. when I had a drink with a local harp player and singer who was a friend of his when they were coming up in NYC in the 60s. When he told me I should check him out, I found your charts and links to his videos, great stuff.
A Study In Fourths is particularly apt for bassists, since that's how we're tuned.
I transposed one of Mr. Bishop's exercises from Jeff Helgesen's transcription in Guitar Pro and exported it for fretted electric bass with tab, to see the pattern walking up the fretboard.
I played exercises and they were fun. One of the ones from the blog sounds a lot like a part from a record Bill Evans did with Claus Ogerman. Were 4ths an "in thing" for a while in the 70s? I read something somewhere that gave me that impression...
I never knew where that came from, but David Baker loves that stuff, and made us practice it in retrograde, as well.
Thanks for sharing!
Frank Mantooth had a jazz piano book that covered a lot of the same ideas. Thank you for posting that article :)
Disclaimer: Everything I post on TB is only my opinion man!!!! lol
I included the standard notation as a courtesy to you hot-shot Berklee types.
Thanks for being kind and gentle to a self-taught old guy who never took a bass lesson in his life.
You're correct, that's how the software output it.
I considered scoring it differently, but with all the accidentals, it seemed awkward any way I looked at it.
Does this look better, start in F and change keys 11 times?
Guitar Pro software will spit it out most any way you want, but does have an annoying default of sharping rather than flatting accidentals.
Mr. Bishop wrote it for piano, but appended some exercises for other instruments.
The trombone example continues on like that for 11 more iterations.
I'm lost as soon as it goes above middle C. ;)
There's a page of bass exercises in the original book that I'll try to notate when I get a chance.
This is the first exercise from Chapter VIII, The Instrumentalist's Approach.
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