Allow me to introduce you to the Master of the Extended Range 8-String Bass, Igor Saavedra, and his endorsement of Bass EncycloMedia!
“The depth of information and the author’s ability to find the best and most innovative ways to present the fundamental aspects of music surprised me. I found the use of scale degrees to symbolize sound on the fretboard to be a creative, realistic and direct approach that is of tremendous benefit to those wanting to understand music theory on the bass. And the immediate application of acquired musical knowledge to a specific song greatly enhances long term memory. I highly recommend Bass EncycloMedia to any one who wants to build a solid foundation of the melodic and harmonic aspects of the Bass. My most sincere congratulations to Mike Overly for writing this fantastic educational tool.” – Igor Saavedra
Yes, you’re a bass player, but you’re more than just a bass player! You’re a musician, thinking and speaking the language of music that you apply to the bass, thus becoming a student of the bass.
Bass EncycloMedia is based on the premise that music is a language, and that if you knew the music alphabet of 12 Sounds and 21 letter and number Symbols, you could spell any chord, scale, arpeggio or mode and then combine this vocabulary to play any song in any style.
So, where does music begin? Like most languages, with an alphabet. Now, you’ve known the English alphabet of 26 letters most of your life, but, do you know all the words in the dictionary? We know the answer to that question. However, do you know every letter in the dictionary? Yes! So the question becomes, if you know every letter in the dictionary, why don’t you know every word? The answer, because you don’t know how to spell them.
On your first day of school they didn’t give you a book of Shakespeare and a dictionary and say go home you’re finished. You understand that’s absurd. However, that’s what you’re trying to do with the bass. You think, I want to play this song. Then, you open a song book, look the first chord symbol, find it in your chord dictionary, try to finger it and memorize it and then move on to the next chord and start the process all over again. You will never learn to play bass with that approach.
Think of it this way. In the first grade, you memorized a list of vocabulary words that you could spell. This enabled you to read a story that contained those words. Then you learned a new list of words, read a new story, a new list, a new story, and so on. Until finally, years later, you could read that book of Shakespeare. This is also the way you must learn and understand the language of music: as chords, scales, arpeggios and modes that you can spell. This is your music vocabulary and with this vocabulary you can play.
Now, here’s something interesting. Pythagoras told us that if we take a string length and divide the string in half, the frequency is doubled and the octave is created. On the bass, from the nut to the bridge is one string length. And since there are 12 pitches in an octave, fret 12 divides the string in half. Here’s the important part. While it’s true there are 12 pitches in an octave, there are only 7 letters in the music alphabet: A B C D E F G. This leaves us with a bit of a problem: how do we name the 12 pitches if there are only 7 letter? Sharps and flats answers this question.
Most bass methods start with four open strings and a three fret vertical view of the fretboard. This creates a big problem because it locks you into one position and makes moving up the fretboard very difficult. However, by seeing each string as a horizontal letter set, and then vertically grouping chord and scale forms, moving up and down the fretboard is easy.
Bass EncycloMedia teaches you to see the bass as letters and tone numbers on the fretboard. This enables you to learn and remember chords, as well as scales and arpeggios and modes easily by spelling them. Trying to learn and remember hundreds of chords, scales, arpeggios and modes as block diagrams of dot or finger patterns will never happen.
One of the most important ideas for turning a bass player into a dynamic musician is to think of the chord, scale, arpeggio and mode letters as scale degree tone numbers. Here’s what I mean. The C Major scale: C D E F G A B can simply be thought of as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. This is an important and useful insight because when you change keys, all the letters change, but, the tone numbers remain the same. Thinking in tone numbers allows you can easily play in all keys.
Earlier we learned that if we knew all the letters of the alphabet we could spell all the words in the dictionary. In the same way, if you knew the musical alphabet of 7 natural, 7 sharp and 7 flat letters and tone numbers on the bass fretboard, you could spell and play every chord, scale, arpeggio, mode and song, in all keys. But, you must have a progressive method to get through the complex vocabulary of music, and Bass EncycloMedia is that sequential method.
It’s important to note that Bass EncycloMedia doesn’t use staff notation to symbolize the sound of music, or TAB to show its location on the bass. Instead, alpha-numeric fretboard diagrams of letters and tone number are used. which makes learning fast, easy and fun and makes it possible to play something different, every time with every song.
As a general statement, Bass EncycloMedia presents its material in four parts: chord, scale, arpeggio and song. In traditional music theory, an in-order scale is presented first, and then from the letters and tone numbers of that scale, chords and arpeggios are spelled and constructed. However, Bass EncycloMedia introduce chords first because when we improvise, we hear the harmony of a song first, and then play an out-of-order scale melody that fits the chords.
Bass EncycloMedia presents five moveable barre chord forms, which are created by vertically grouping the letters and tones of a chord in one position. Each one of the five forms exploded into thousands of fragments on the bass, which enables you to play something different, every time, with every song. In addition, seven forms of vertically grouped scales and arpeggios are presented, and once again there are thousands upon thousands of fragmented possibilities.
By studying and applying the knowledge of Bass EncycloMedia, you will also discover many innovative ways to reveal the hidden secrets of the 5 Chord Forms and 7 Scale and Arpeggio Forms on your fretboard. Also, there are 42 songs included in Bass EncycloMedia, and every song has been analyzed to show each chord’s corresponding tonal center scale and mode application, providing you with many opportunities to play the chords, scales and arpeggios as you learn them. Also, numerous substitution ideas are presented, which suggest endless variations.
Bass knowledge is the most complete reference of chords, scales and arpeggios available, containing 323 pages of essential information needed to perform any song in any key and in any style.
Bass EncycloMedia has an index and a Fast Table, which is a table of contents and an index combined, making it the fastest and easiest way to locate any chord, scale or arpeggio by simply scrolling across the columns and moving down the rows.
Bass EncycloMedia thoroughly explains how chords, scales and arpeggios combine with one another, enabling you to play something completely different every time with every song.
Here are A Few More Important Ideas You will Discover:
Letter and Tone Fretboard Charts
Open Major Chords
Five Major Chord Forms
Diatonic and Chromatic Intervals
Chord and Arpeggio Spelling Chart
Major Scale Letter Chart
One Fret Rule
Seven Scale and Arpeggio Forms
Major Scale Harmony
Circle of Fifths
Major Scale Modes
Alterations and Extensions
Natural Minor Scale and Progressions
Minor Pentatonic Scale
TAB and Staff Notation
Major Pentatonic Scale
Blues Scale and Harmony
12 Bar Blues Progressions
Major Scale Tonal Center
Augmented, Suspended and Diminished Triads
Whole Tone Scales
Slash Chords and Progressions
Melodic Minor Scale and Modes
Dominant Seventh Altered
Harmonic Minor Scale and Modes
Diminished Scale Construction
Major and Minor Turnarounds
Chord and Arpeggio Construction
Scale and Mode Tone Spellings
Overlapping Chords and Arpeggios
plus Much More…
Get your copy of Bass EncycloMedia today and discover why bassists everywhere are raving about this amazing book that enables you to fully understand the Bass Fretboard. http://www.12tonemusic.com/bass/encyclomedia/
Igor’s photo is by Denisse Oehlmann