The Four-Fret Concept
Topic: Improvisation in the II-V-I context
This booklet suggests nearly 100 different ways of improvising over the fundamental jazz progression (II-V-I). All lines are integrated into a compact system based on the major scale fingering. After the introduction of the system itself follow the individual exercises, located at different starting points within that system.
All electric bassists (moreover, the analyzed lines are pertinent to all bass-clef instruments).
Benefits, novel approach:
- Quick understanding of the content by means of the dialogue format.
- All lines can be used over major and their parallel minor progressions.
- The Structure- and Scale Analysis (Berklee-standard), performed by Kurt Erlmoser, looks into the structural basis of each individual line, which spares the student a lot of tedious transcription work.
- The exercises are all but un-phrased, thus leaving space for individual creativity as to their actual rendition.
- The extensive tablature notation greatly helps the less-skilled sight readers.
- Quick grasp of the improvisational infrastructure.
- Fast technical improvement on the instrument.