Scales – Learn the most important scales needed when playing the bass. No other instrument has the sole responsibility for holding the foundation of the chords like the bass, so knowing your scales are paramount. Ivan teaches the basics of the major, minor and the every so needed blues scale.
Number System—After learning your scales, it is essential for a bass player to apply the appropriate scale degree. Ivan expresses the importance of knowing your number system. In fact, he expounds upon his professional MD experiences and demonstrates how a bass player can literally learn a set without even hearing the music just by knowing your numbers. Remember, in a chord, the bass note usually determines the root of the chords, so it is vital that a bass player knows his numbers inside and out. This is what separates the working professional and the casual bass enthusiast.
Proper Fingering—Improper fingering can make your life as a bass player very frustrating. When playing the type of music we play, especially gospel, it is important to use the correct fingering to get to where you need to go with those crazy shouting runs. Throughout the DVD and for every movement, Ivan shows you alternate fingerings for each movement, knowing that there are several different ways to finger the same progressions. Ivan even teaches the alternate fingerings for four and five string basses.
Chords—Remember a bass is a polyphonic instrument as Ivan points out in the DVD, so it is not enough to just play the simple single note movements. Ivan stresses the importance of using chords and making sure you know that the bass is a multi-timbral instrument that should be explored fully.
This DVD is for those who already play, but you are looking for some new techniques, runs, riffs, or tricks to take your bass playing to another level. I’m sure you can recall those moments when you the light just suddenly came on—where you learn just one movement, lick, or concept and it totally changes the way you play the bass. We call those monumental moments. Well, what if you could purchase an instructional bass DVD with about 20 monumental moments? Can you imagine how much your bass playing would increase? This is the purpose of the Urban Bass Technique—to give you all of Ivan’s secret licks, tricks, and techniques to create an arsenal of monumental moments that will change you bass playing forever.
You ever listen to another bass player? You know the notes and riffs that he is playing, but you ask yourself why does this guys playing sound way different from mine, even though we are playing the same notes? The reason is: TECHNIQUE! Two different bass players can play the same notes and sound different. This is because a more experienced bass player knows the little tricks and nuances that can make you sound professional and polished.