Bass day (1h 30m)

  • Chord tones
    • All in inversions of all 7th chords around the cycle
    • Apply over Autumn Leaves in A- & G-
  • Rhythm chops
    • Snare pad practice (rudiments + reading simple jazz solo)

Observations

As you can see, I added a little bit (just a little bit) of drum practice to my routine. Being a trained drummer, I still have my chops (and my sticks), so I thought it would be really beneficial to use them to improve my rhythm — as it’s one of my weaknesses. Also playing snare really helps with inventing new rhythmic patterns and getting unstuck when you notice that you tend to use the same pattern while improvising on bass. So, not doing anything crazy — as i have already enough to do maintaining my two instruments — just playing some rudiments and simple solos in order to solidify my GROOOOVE MAN.

Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Chords (1h 20m)
    • Harmonising C major &  G major scales with closed voicings
    • Harmonising C, G & D major scales with open voicings
    • Playing along to Autumn Leaves with all closed, all open and then mixed voicings
    • Playing to All Of Me with mixed voicings + improvising using chord tones (AWESOME!)
  • Chord tones (25m)
    • Harmonising F major scale with all 12 permutations (starting on 1 and 3)
  • Pick
    • Trying out chords with pick (didn’t really work)

Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Chords (1h 15m)
    • Harmonising C major &  G major scales with closed voicings
    • Tenths
    • Playing along to Autumn Leaves mixing closed and open voicings
  • Chord tones (25m)
    • All inversions in all keys chromatically up the neck

Observations

Man, chords are fun! Especially for improvisation and soloing — priceless!

Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Chord tones — 1h 20m
    • 7th chord permutations (all starting on 1)
      • Harmonising C Dorian, F Dorian and Bb Dorian scales
    • Applying permutations over jazz standard (all starting on the root and then several starting on the 3rd)
  • Pick — 20m
    • Line from the “Famous Bass Lines” book by Larry McCabe (to be honest, most of them are pretty boring and just meandering around minor / major pentatonic, so I’ll probably get some new transcriptions for this part of my practice)

Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Chord tones — 1h
    • 7th chord permutations (all starting on 1, all starting on 3)
      • Harmonising F Lydian scale (just because major all the time is boring, lol)
    • Applying inversions over jazz standard (1st, 2nd & 3rd in different shapes, trying slides this time)
  • Pick — 40m
    • Playing Jamerson part to the click (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”)

Observations

Can I at some point have a day when I’ll harmonise all scales of all modes in all keys with all inversions of 7th chords played in all permutations? Just like Adam Neely played major scales in broken intervals for 6 hours non-stop? No. It will certainly take longer that a day, lol.