Advanced Bass – Playing the Boogie Woogie in Major

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso demonstrates how to play the Boogie Woogie in Major 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: Scott the bass doctor here with some more of bass information to help you play and have more fun with your music. Id like to discuss now some of the traditional boogie-woogie left hand piano bass lines that could be real helpful for you to know. One was the Bumble Boogie. It is a minor pattern that Id like to play for you, it can also be major and you can use it and lets find a good tempo for this so it wont hurt anybody. Now, what I do, Id like to use the click on two and four, but I think yes, thats a good, I have it about 66 and I am going to go to lets see, I am going to the key of C right here on the third fret and I am going to play this line on, Ill explain to you after I play. It goes. Okay, so what I did, I played C and then I played its octave then I went to its third and went chromatically every note in the row up to the fifth. Then I dropped down to the octave, lower octave of the fifth and then I came up back up to the fifth and all it was that, but its a real traditional bass line and that is the boogie-woogie in the major.