Advanced Bass – How to Do the Vomit Exercise

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso demonstrates How to Do the Vomit Exercise on the bass guitar.

    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! Its Scott Giambusso, here at my house, in my studio. We are on the next step after the chromatic scale. Now, I am going to describe to you a classical technique I learned on bass. We did the chromatic scale with the open strings. Now, we are going to do them with the close strings. I am going to show two different ways to do it. First, I would like to introduce you to the warming exercise. It is a lovely exercise in procession. Let us go to the low F mode on your bass. It is on the E string which is your fourth string; one, two, three, four. I have five strings and here is the first fret, here is F natural. Now, F natural is also here on the E thirteenth fret. What I am going to do is just slide as quickly as I can to that F natural and I am going to do it like this and then I am going to go back. The next thing I am going to do is go up a half step, a half step is one note to F sharp or G flat as in harmonica it might be called and I am going to go to the fourteenth fret, and I am going to do, and I am going to do them with all. The next note is G, A flat and so on and this is a way of getting you around the bass quicker, getting in no where you are when you are making your shifts and leaps, it is a very important thing. Now, the chromatic scale thats the point on to itself of course the warming exercise is really bad with the bow and they call it the warming exercise because it kind of makes you nauseous after a while. Anyway so thats that.