Advanced Bass Playing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso discusses advanced bass playing.

    Scott Giambusso

    Scott, a native Washingtonian, has been performing for audiences since 1968. A self taught musician, he mainly freelances as an acoustic bassist. Scott also plays guitar, electric bass, and tuba as well as singing in the styles of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Jack Bruce. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith, Jamey Aebersold and Chuck Berry. In spring '07 he performed in a clinic and show with Gene Bertincini at the 4 Seasons DC. Besides playing jazz, Scott's latest project is a Cream tribute band featuring Dan Hovey and John Zidar, (formerly Root Boy Slim's rhythm section). The band is called GHz (Gigahertz} and is breaking sound barriers around town. Besides playing over 200 club dates a year, Mr. Giambusso teaches and performs as a member of the Jazz Faculty of the Montgomery College Music Department. Not only does he teach the bass, but he also coaches singers, pianists and all instrumentalists on the nature of music and operates a recording studio for student demos. Because of his versatility, knowledge of tunes and styles, and his 30+ years of gigging experience, he has the rare ability to explain music to the laymen with clarity of vision.

    Scott Giambusso: Hi! My name is Scott Giambusso. I'm a bass player. I've been playing in the Washington area for 40 years almost now, 1968, 67. I teach in Montgomery College. I teach the electric bass and I teach standup bass, and I honk on the tuba. What I would like to do is explain the mechanics of bass playing to you; exactly what you need to know and to know your role and the game is rhythm. Your job is to tie the drums to the guitar and the piano and I want to show you that there are three elements in music; melody, harmony and rhythm, but there is rhythm in everything and that's our job first. Rhythm is first and foremost. So, I'm going to play an example here of that. I'm going to play a rhythm of a famous melody, hopefully you can figure out what it is. I'm just going to hit it like drummer it goes (Music). Now, I'm going to take this rhythm and I'm going to just give it one note. Now, I'm going to add some more notes to it, and its forming a bass line as appearing before us and it could be anything, but what is it? Sounds kind of Reggae to me almost. Okay, this song that I'm doing, just to give you an example of what rhythm is in everything is. If you recognize that, its from the Wizard of OZ, its Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I came up with a kind of a Swaggie rhythm, just to give you an example of how there is rhythm in everything.