Advanced Bass – Playing the Boogie Woogie in Minor

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso demonstrates how to play the Boogie Woogie in Minor 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: Scotty Giambusso here to help you play some more bass. I am going to work with the Bumble Boogie, some minor vamp that piano players did in the old days. Piano bass lines are very important, and were going to click on about 66. I am going to play the lick for you and then I will explain what I did. The B is going to be on two and four like a high-hat symbol. One, two, three, four Alright, so what I did, and I have used my pinky, this is little tricky. I played the C. I played it in the key of the C minor. So, I played C with my first finger on the A string the third fret of the C, then I played the octave with my third finger. The deal is to reach with my pinky for the minor third and then from there first finger to the third fret F, F#, G which is basically a Blues scale. After I hit the G, I went to the low octave G and back to this G. I moved through Blues Chords. One of you could do that slapping, it kind of works.