Hello from Jim Stinnett

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

  1. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire
    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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  2. Endureth


    Nov 22, 2010
    Hello Jim
  3. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Hello to you.

    Do we know each other?
  4. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire
    You are welcome. Thanks for the kind words.

    Yes, Grant is playing some cool sh@#$%^&t these days!!!
  5. remcult

    remcult Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    New Jersey
    Any advice on developing my ear so as to improve my transcribing skills?
  6. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire

    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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  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I just found your RBL Real Bass Lessons online, and they are very practical - and fun. I'm working on the D Minor Walk / So What videos.

    Thanks for posting them.
  8. Hi Jim

    Just to say hi from a person on the other side of the planet and who has some of your excellent books .

    I work by day and am a student of bass by night ... So to speak ...

    I had a teacher who encouraged me to listen to Paul chambers, it was through that I came across your books and the music and people that Paul chambers played with ... Blew my tiny mind in fact ...

    So for me I ended up on this journey that has opened me up to all sorts of influences including yourself.

    I find the books challenging, but I persist ... And as you say above, I will endeavour to keep believing in myself

    I am uplifted by your encouragement

    Thanks Jim !!
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Would anyone know the difference between these two books:

    Jazz Walking Bass:
    jazz bass walking

    Creating Jazz Bass Lines:

  10. GastonD


    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    I'd like to say thanks as well. Your YT channel is great.