How to transition from classical to jazz bass?
January 20, 2012 8:02 PM Subscribe
I am a classically trained bassist that wants to learn jazz and get over my fear of improvisation. How can I practice in my spare time to further this goal?
posted by masters2010 to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have played the double bass in a classical setting for nearly a decade now, though I haven't been playing as much as I would like in recent years. I have always been a bit fearful of improvisation and have never really made the transition into jazz, but it's something I have been meaning to do for too long now.
How might you recommend I make this transition? I have heard the best way is to just dive in and play along, but I am timid in this regard and would like some practice before jamming with others.
I am currently off at college and unfortunately don't have my double bass accessible (*sad*), but I do have an electric bass that I've been fooling around with in my room. What might you recommend I practice? How should I practice? Who should I listen to?