Hello from Jim Stinnett

Discussion in 'Ask the Berklee Bass Department' started by James S, Feb 18, 2014.


  1. James S

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    Hello All,

    I have been teaching bass and arranging at Berklee for 27 years now. I just can't get enough!!

    My teaching is not so different from all the other guys at school. I do focus a lot on transcription. This is the best way to get the language in your fingers.

    My passion for the past 35 years has been writing bass books. I published a few of them too. My favorite topic to write for is reading music. Steve and I practiced our reading together and played duets for many, many an hour, many years ago.

    "Success is not measured by what you start, but rather by what you finish."

    Believe in yourself :)
     
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  3. James S

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    Hello to you.

    Do we know each other?
     
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  6. James S

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    You are welcome. Thanks for the kind words.

    Yes, Grant is playing some cool sh@#$%^&t these days!!!
     
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    Any advice on developing my ear so as to improve my transcribing skills?
     
  8. James S

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    remcult,

    transcribing bass lines IS the MOST efficient way to develop your ear. When I use the word "transcribe", I use it improperly. Do NOT write it down. Just listen and copy.

    Start with simply material. Learn to play the entire song, entire song, perfectly. Pay attention to all detail. This is how you train.

    Start simply. Walking bass lines are best. Rhythm is simple and the pitches will be mostly chord tones. And yes, we all need to do the simply stuff - to be able to "hear" the more difficult stuff.
     

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