Advanced Bass – Use of the Blues Scale in Practice

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso demonstrates Use of the Blues Scale in Practice.

    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 Giambusso here, your bass doctor. Id like to do a little demonstration on the use of the Blues scale using a song that Dizzy Gillespie wrote called Berks Works and the melody is into the Blues scale. So, I am going to play the melody first, then Ill play a few chords, its an F minor Blues and I am going to play a few chords and then I am going to walk a bass line and improvise a little bit and wrap it up with the melody again and I am going to put the melody in a couple of different options. So, lets see what happens here. Little introduction, lets see and we are going to use our trusted metronome and we are going to put it at 88, this is a great way to practice. I am going to put it at 88, but actually this is going to be like two and four, the two and four beats of the drummer, a high-hat. So, I think one, two; one, two, three, four; one, two; one, two, three, four. Thats a head, now here are some chords. I am going to play the head one last time, real low, and Ill tag the song and thats that.