Ashdown Engineering's Lockdown Sessions

COVID19 is responsible for crippling the planet in the first half of 2020. As a result, Ashdown Engineering found themselves amongst a profound list of leading music industry manufacturers affiliated with Ben Pomphrett's (Liam Gallagher's tour manager) incredible charity: NHSFest

Collectively, the NHSFest raffle raised more than £200,000 for frontline support (read that number again - what an incredible achievement). As a thank you to all of those who contributed, I went online to deliver a marathon eight hours of live bass tuition in a single weekend.

This wonderful event can now be accessed from an array of streaming platforms, such as Ashdown Engineering's social media portholes and YouTube page, as well as right here on With Bass In Mind.

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Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 1

Subject: Scales As Formulas

Broadcast Date: 25th April '20

Some tutors make a fundamental error in their delivery of academia: teaching melodic patterns without justification. In order for students to understand where vocabulary originates from they need to be educated by formulas, so that they can then respect the succeeding melodic motifs. This lesson breaks this habitual approach to learning and gives a fresh perspective on melodic analysis.

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The harmonization process is a quintessential necessity for all musicians. The study helps develop skill sets which in turn permit the correct analysis and interpretation of chord progressions and melodic information. As a functioning bassist, this is a critical ability to prioritised over any other neighbouring studies.

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 2

Subject: Major Harmonization

Broadcast Date: 25th April '20

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Pentatonic vocabulary is once again something that can be easily misinterpreted. Pentatonic Scales are more than just five note shapes - there's actually loads more theory behind their production. Check out this lesson, the third instalment of Ashdown's 'Lockdown Sessions', to pick up a few valuable insights...

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 3

Subject: Pentatonic Modes

Broadcast Date: 25th April '20

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Although convenient for the fretting hand, exclusively executing

melodic patterns perpendicular to the nut does have the potential

to prove detrimental to fluency. Thankfully, there are alternative delivery methods 

that actually enhance your vocabulary, best delve in!

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 4

Subject: Linear Thinking

Broadcast Date: 25th April '20

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George Gershwin's 'I've Got Rhythm' is a seminal composition in the evolution of jazz. But you don't need to be an aspiring jazz musician to benefit from studying it. Mastery of its chord progression can lead to a whole host of practical and analytical benefits. After all, II-V chord progressions exist in almost every genre of music...

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 5

Subject: The Rhythm Changes (II-V)

Broadcast Date: 26th April '20

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Triads: "Just three note structures", some might claim...

Not really, and there's good reason why I rattled on for more than 170 pages of A4 in my first book whilst excavating their potential! A standard root position triad can be performed in six different ways, in two additional inversions! Well, that's 18 permutations to be applied to four different structures for starters...

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 6

Subject: Triad Permutations (Cycle of Fourths)

Broadcast Date: 26th April '20

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Although initially, a majority of bassists tend to practice within the realms of a single octave, all harmony is actually derived over two! Unfortunately, compound theory can be a little daunting to the novice - with all that talk of 9th, 11th and 13th extensions...

Thankfully, it's actually quite simple, you just need a better guide through this gamut. 

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 7

Subject: Major and Minor Extensions

Broadcast Date: 26th April '20

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Afro-Cuban music is a wonderfully insightful study. Although it's possible for some bassists to find its fundamental melodic content somewhat; rudimental, the rhythmic portrayal is something quite unique. If you're unaware of the 'Son' clave, or how to deliver a syncopated Tumbao, this will be a lovely insight to get you started...

Ashdown Engineering's Isolation Sessions: Lesson 8

Subject: Latin Bass Studies

Broadcast Date: 26th April '20