Rock Rhythms for Bass

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bass guitar player Scott Giambusso demonstrates Rock Rhythms for 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 Giambusso here, showing you some old and some new bass concepts. Today, I would like to talk about a standard rock rhythm that I have used for years and it has helped me to get through gigs and I would like to share it to you. This is unusual fingering for it. It has several fingering possibilities and I would like to share with you just where the pinky starts the whole thing. We are going to do the key C on the A fret and each finger will stay on its fret. So, if your first finger is going to be on the fifth fret and your other fingers will follow while your pinky is on the A. What's going to happen? I would say the fingering, the first part is merely one fingering was a B four, four, two, three, four, four, two, three which is as I remember the bass lines of the baby elephant walk. Once you get comfortable with that we are going to add the first finger on the fifth in a row which is a G on the D string and then we will come back to the second finger, and third finger. So, it sounds like this. There are variations to this but this is one of them. Okay, once you get real comfortable with this and you can do this in any key, I could switch and now back to C. Now, lets add the third finger on the D string and this is pretty much the standard. Now, what I would like to do now is just place the octave. What Ill do is instead of coming back to the lower C, I'm going to come to this C and once again there I've shown you where the octaves are on the outside strings, the fourth string and the first string. So, the lick goes like this. This is just for versatility and you come back to the flat three. I think I heard this on Leonard Skinner album. Of course we can crank it up.