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Intervallic Improvisation on the Upright Bass: Exercises that Apply Contemporary Bass Technique to Non-Bass Jazz Transcriptions
Since the second half of the 20th century, there has been a continued expansion of pedagogical methods for the upright bass. Pedagogues such as François Rabbath have introduced many left hand specific techniques which make passages with many intervals easier to play. Contemporary techniques found in Rabbath’s “Nouvelle Technique De La Contrebasse: Methode Complete Et Progressive” such as the “Crab,” the “Pivot,” and the extension of thumb position are especially advantageous when applied to performing jazz transcription vocabulary on the upright bass. Jazz vocabulary often contains many intervals and consecutive intervals a third or greater. This paper will introduce exercises for bassists to apply these techniques within the context of assimilating jazz improvisational vocabulary derived from transcription excerpts. Exercises will contain variations on transcription excerpts derived from saxophonist Dave Liebman’s article “The Complete Transcription Process.”
Mell, Andrew, "Intervallic Improvisation on the Upright Bass: Exercises that Apply Contemporary Bass Technique to Non-Bass Jazz Transcriptions" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI30489017.