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The Basses Loaded Series by Rod Goelz is the industry’s only Bass Method designed specifically for someone who is seriously committed to learning the electric bass. That’s the chant kicking around all the magazine racks, educational string periodicals and musical water coolers across the country.
Basses Loaded: Volume 4 “Groove Workshop” R & B and Motown Styles published by Santorella Publications covers numerous 16th Note Rhythmic Variations. You’ll learn basic Finger-style & Pick-style applied to Rhythm & Blues. This “Motown” edition from Santorella teaches essential R&B “Ostinato” & Chord-to-Chord Patterns that are vital to this style.
In the “Groove Workshop” edition,common scales, arpeggios and tone sets are used to develop the “5“Line Approaches” for building & improvising better R&B, Funk & Motownbass lines. Lastly, this edition features extensive lessons in the art of R&B and Motownghosting, which are a rarely found elsewhere.
Basses Loaded; Volume 4, Groove Workshop only available from Santorella Publications, features the styles of James Jamerson, Rocco Prestia, Tommy Cogbill, Chuck Rainey, "Duck" Dunn, Bernard Odum, David Hood, Bob Babbitt, George Porter Jr., Carol Kaye, Jerry Jemmott, and many more. This 72 page “Rhythm & Blues – Motown Edition” also includes an instructional CD with over 95 tracks of lessons and rhythm section play-a-longs.
Here’s a quick glance at what you’ll find inside this incredible book; Rhythm & Blues • Basses Loaded: Book Four Goals • R&B Bass: Basic Rhythmic Subdivision • Warming Up: Scale Practice Routine • Application: Chord To Chord Movement • The Ostinato Pattern • Basic 8th Note R&B Ostinato Patterns • In The Style Of “Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett • In The Style Of “Shotgun” by Junior Walker & The Allstars • In The Style Of “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals • In The Style Of “Walkin’ The Dog” by Rufus Thomas • In The Style Of “Chain Of Fools” by Aretha Franklin • In The Style Of “Nowhere To Run” by Martha And The Vandellas • In The Style Of “Get Ready” by The Temptations • In The Style Of “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols • In The Style Of “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” by The Temptations • In The Style Of “Going To A Go-Go” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • In The Style Of “I’m A Midnight Mover”, BASIC by Wilson Pickett • Tone Sets: Another Improvisational Tool • In The Style Of “Can’t Turn You Lose” by Otis Redding • Bass Line Construction: Movable Patterns • In The Style Of “She Caught The Katy”, Basic 8th Note Variation • Dominant Tone Sets: Blue Note Application, Grooves 1-5 • Groove Study: 24-Bar Blues • Transformations: R&B to Funk • In The Style Of “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag ” by James Brown • Jerry Jemmott’s Minor Blues • In The Style Of “The Thrill Is Gone ” by B.B. King • Focus On Rhythm: Reading 16th Note Rhythms • 16th Note R&B Ostinato Patterns • In The Style Of “You Got To Funkifize” by Tower Of Power In The Style Of “Funky Broadway” by Wilson Pickett • In The Style Of “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave • In The Style Of “Grits Ain’t Groceries” by Little Milton • In The Style Of “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry • In The Style Of “Memphis Soul Stew” by King Curtis • In The Style Of “Hikky Burr” by Quincy Jones • In The Style Of “Ball Of Confusion” by The Temptations • 16th Note R&B Chord-To-Chord Examples • In The Style Of “Wrap It Up” by Sam & Dave • In The Style Of “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding • In The Style Of “She Caught The Katy ”, 16th Variations • In The Style Of “The Chicken” by The JB’s • In The Style Of “I’m A Midnight Mover”, 16th Variations by Wilson Pickett • Ghost Notes & Ghosting • Ghost Method #1: The Fretting Hand Ghost • In The Style Of “There’s Only So Much Oil In The Ground ” by Tower Of Power • Ghost Method #2: The “Two-Stroke” Ghost • In The Style Of “The Payback” by James Brown • “Duck” Dunn Ghosting Application • In The Style Of “Mr. Pitiful ” by Otis Redding • Jerry Jemmott’s R&B Blues • In The Style Of “I Want You So Bad ” by B.B. King • Ghost Method #3: The “Three-Stroke” Ghost • The “Three-Stroke” Ghost: Samba/Country/Rockabilly • In The Style Of “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Albert King • In The Style Of “A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing” by Tower Of Power • Raking Technique • Ghost Method #4: The Raked Ghost Note • In The Style Of “Wicky Wacky ” by The Fatback Band • In The Style Of “(How Sweet It Is) To Be Loved By You ” by Marvin Gaye • In The Style Of “Shake Everything You Got ” by Maceo Parker • In The Style Of “Let The Music Take Your Mind" by Fred Wesley • In The Style Of “Who Knows ” by Beau Dollar • R&B Bass: Big Picture Concepts • James Jamerson And The Motown Sound • King James • Motown Bass: The Shuffle • In The Style Of “Pride And Joy” by Marvin Gaye • Motown Bass: Walking Against The Grain • In The Style Of “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas • Motown Bass: The Definitive Jamerson Style • Right & Left Roles: Stylistic Details • Open Strings: “Lazy” Open Strings • Jamerson-Style • Ghosting: Raked Ghost Notes • Dissecting The Difficult • “BERNEDETTE”; Examples 1-6 • Motown Bass: Jamerson 16th Style, Dominant Variations • Groove Study: Motown Groove • Motown Bass: Stevie Wonder Variations • In The Style Of “I Was Made To Love Her” (Stevie Wonder): Variations 1-4 • IMPROVISATION: STEPS TO MOTOWN • IMPROVISATION (the Jamerson dialect) • Motown: Big Picture Concepts • In The Listening Room...THE MOTOWN SOUND? • Matching: Classic Tracks/Players
Note from the author, Mr. Rod Goelz
Of all the cool things in the Basses Loaded Volume 4 “Groove Workshop”, the coolest were the lessons on ghosting which are hardly ever found in any method book. Don't get me wrong, there’s no-one cooler than Chuck Rainey or Jerry Jemmott... okay James Jamerson's cooler. My point is… there is tons of R&B greatness is this volume.