A solo bass album: a few composition hints about my “Gestire lo Spazio”

It’s not easy to talk about one’s own music. What’s more I’m not used to doing it. Gestire lo spazio – quite a challenging work! However I thought it could be useful to provide a sort of listening guide to this solo bass album album. It is not a typical commercial product. And it does not present the classical features of an electric bassist’s album, either. You can preview all tracks from itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gestire-lo-spazio/id302511356 I decided to leave the title in Italian because it sounded effective and meaningful to me. Sound space, the space in a cd, and the space … Clicca per proseguire la lettura

How many things can you do with a pentatonic scale?

In this post I show you a way to analyse the pentatonic scale, understand how it is generated and how you can use it creatively. How do you create a pentatonic scale? There are several methods to create a five sound (penta-tonic) scale within an octave. The most common one is to start from a major scale and eliminate all half step intervals, so as to obtain just step or minor third intervals. Figure 1 You thus leave out the fourth and the seventh, i.e. F and B: If played in sequence they form a triton (three steps) or an … Clicca per proseguire la lettura

Wanna make your solo really memorable?? Try this!

In this article I will give 7 tips to help you make new, fresh, original solos that will make you distinguish from the average bass player. These ideas come from my personal reinterpretation of some of Joseph Schillinger’s theories, that I adapted to the characteristics of the electric bass and double bass. You will find here new ways to visualise “the same old scales” through special symmetries and geometries which will enable you to exploit the traditional music stuff in an innovative and outstanding way. TIP 1 Use the notes of the relative scale. For more details on this topic, … Clicca per proseguire la lettura