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Mombelli's Intergalactic Bass Programme Vol. 1
Mombelli's Intergalactic Bass Programme Vol. 1

Mombelli's Intergalactic Bass Programme Vol. 1

Scales and Arpeggio shapes with finger placement for the bass guitar + Jazz theory crash course


246 Pages, 8.25 x 11.5

Formats: EPUB

EPUB, $24.00 (US $24.00) (CA $32.00)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781928341901

Rights: WOR

Real African Publishers (Oct 2019)


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This book is based on the scale types that are necessary in order to master and understand the chord/scale relationships found in many styles of music. By keeping things simple and uncluttered, each page consists of only one scale type, drawn on a bass guitar neck with the correct fingering – a vital part of organising the hands. The more organised the hands, the easier it is to play. The arpeggio shape is also super-imposed over the corresponding scale in order to create an understanding of the chord/scale relationship. This is better explained with diagrams and not notation; however, because it is a good idea to associate finger positions with their notational equivalents, notation is also included. The simple but comprehensive jazz theory section will help the student gain a deeper understanding of harmony and further insight into how to apply the scales found in this book.

Author Biography

In his 40-year career as a bass player, bandleader and composer, South African Carlo Mombelli, who currently lives in Johannesburg, has bridged gaps between genres, musicians and audiences. A self-taught musician, he has recorded and performed at many respected festivals, including the Roma Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the German Moers, the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, and the On the Edge of Wrong Festival in Kristiansand, Norway to name a few, with, among others, Mick Goodrick, Charlie Mariano, Jeroen van Vliet, Malcolm Braff, Dejan Terzic, Jorge Rossi and Adrian Mears. He has also recorded for Enja Records with Egberto Gismonti, as well as with Lee Konitz, and has contributed music to and played in the 1989 tribute for Jaco Pastorius, ‘Basstorius’, that also features the bassists Mathew Garrison and Carles Benavent. Back home in South Africa, he can be heard as a bassist on many recordings with, among others, Marcus Wyatt, Afrika Mkhize, Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo and Miriam Makeba. In addition to his over 100 recorded works and performances with his own projects, his composition commissions include more than 14 films, documentaries and animations, including the 2018 full feature film Salvation, which features Mombelli’s music for electric bass, voice and three cellos; music for a mobile game for the London gaming company The Secret Police; commissions for Zim Ngqawana’s Zimphony Ourchestra (which Mombelli also conducted with Zim); commissions for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet; piano music for the art film Exquisite Corps by Jonah Sack presented at the Jewish Museum in New York, and his piece for the Grammy Award-winning New York String Quartet, ‘Ethel’. Carlo has been involved in music education for many years. Starting in 1998, he held a teaching post at the Richard- Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, Germany. Since then, he has taught and run ensembles at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and annually at the Jazz Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. In 2015, he led the DKSJ All-Star Project with 13 Master’s students studying jazz in Switzerland. In 2018, the Swiss/Italian Euregio Large Ensemble spent the year performing Carlo’s music at festivals around Europe. Mombelli is an NRF-rated Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.