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Bass Guitar Classes Oak Harbor WA

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 Oak Harbor that give access to bass guitar classes, as well as advice and content on using modes to play bass guitar.

Ray Wellborn Guitar Studio
(360) 293-0959
619 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA
 
Crossroads Music Inc
(360) 385-1471
2100 Lawrence St
Port Townsend, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Joes Island Music
(360) 221-2505
Po Box 502
Langley, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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PAUL M CREECH PIANOS MUSIC ACADEMY
(360) 379-2906
2201 E SIMS WAY
Port Townsend, WA
 
DIMENSIONAL COMMUNICATION INC HOME OFFIC
(206) 467-1315
1224 ANDERSON RD
Mount Vernon, WA
 
Northwest School of Guitar
(360) 336-2547
1308 S 3rd St
Mount Vernon, WA
 
Crowes String Instruments & Repair
(425) 303-9248
18120 Olive Ave
Stanwood, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Hugo Helmer Music Co
(360) 757-0270
1025 Goldenrod Road
Burlington, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Crossroads Music
(360) 385-1471
2100 Lawrence St
Port Townsend, WA
 
HUGO HELMER MUSIC
(360) 757-0270
1025 GOLDENROD RD
Burlington, WA
 
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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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