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Bass Guitar Classes Jonesboro AR

Bass guitar classes include lessons on bass guitar anatomy, bass tuning, bass note reading, the 12 major scales, slap bass techniques, bass blues and more. See below for local music schools in Jonesboro that give access to bass guitar classes, as well as advice and content on using modes to play bass guitar.

Back Beat Music
(870) 932-7529
128 Southwest Drive
Jonesboro, AR
 
GUIT DOWN MUSIC EMPORIUM
(870) 268-8200
221 S MAIN ST
Jonesboro, AR
 
Back Beat Music
(870) 932-7529
613 Southwest Drive
Jonesboro, AR
 
BINGHAM PIANO AND ORGAN
(870) 933-8863
2003 E NETTLETON AVE
Jonesboro, AR
 
Shuffield Music CO
(870) 230-1733
2607 Caddo St, Ste G
Arkadelphia, AR
 
All Star Music
(870) 931-5600
3707 E Highland Drive
Jonesboro, AR
 
JAMES HALBROOK BAND INSTRUMENT
(870) 972-6737
2115 N PATRICK ST
Jonesboro, AR
 
All Star Music
(870) 931-5600
3707a E Highland Dr
Jonesboro, AR
 
GIBSON PIANO VENTURES INC
(870) 483-6111
900 HIGHWAY 463 S
Trumann, AR
 
Treble Clef Music Store
(870) 793-5597
309 E Main St
Batesville, AR
 

Developing Good Time

Developing Good Time
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Guitar players have a terrible tendency to rush. I would say, as a general rule, it is guitar players that need to work on their time more than any other musician. I think it is easy to forget how important the concept of time is, and moreover, I think so many players aren't willing to face up to the fact that they need to work on it, if they are even aware of the problem at all!

Now, let's get one thing a little clear. I can be quite hard on musicians from an observational standpoint. But that is only because I am EXTREMELY hard on myself. I strive for greatness and I get excited when others do too.

Jazz guitar players are possibly the worst culprits when it comes to the concept of time. And I am not just talking about beginners or intermediates. I could mention right now a number of highly respected players who in my opinion do not have good time. Many think that the idea of bopping in 'double' time is simply a matter of stringing a flurry of notes together as fast as possible, and the idea of a few clams, well, "it's jazz isn't it?". My response to this: NO NO NO!!

In order to explore this facet of music further, we need to break down the concept of 'time' and how musicians define it.

I like to think of 'time' as referring to the following:

1) Time Feel
2) Playing in time
3) Subconsciously knowing where the time is

Let's look at each briefly.

Time Feel
First, playing with a good 'time feel' can be understood as swinging hard in a rhythm section. The musician has good energy and can play well with others, putting a smile on the bass player and drummer's faces because they all understand that indescribable 'thing' that they all have, and relate to. Now, it is also important to know that there are musicians who have good time who do not play well with others. There is none of that 'give and take' flow of energy. They have a concept of time but it is not one that is necessarily shared. This is usually a product of too many hours practicing in the bedroom and not enough listening to others and feeding off them musically.

Having a good time feel can also be interpreted as someone who plays good rhythm. Someone who can support a soloist, make them feel good and provide inspiration for ideas. Usually someone who has a good time feel rhythmically is one who actually enjoys supporting a soloist, making the rhythm section feel good so the soloist can spark off it. This is an art in itself. We all know, when the band feels good, there is nothing quite like it.

Playing in time
Playing in time is something that can be learned, but from a soloist's standpoint, there is much discipline involved. It is here that in a perfect world, the craft of playing in time merges with the art of playing with a good time feel. Let me try to explain further...

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