Monday, December 29, 2014
Below that, you'll find a video of a master class with Ron Carter, touted as the most-recorded jazz bassist in history and a major figure in the music since he first came to wide attention as a member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet.
The class was presented in 2011 to students at Loyola University in New Orleans, and while Carter may be speaking specifically about bass playing, a lot of what he says about music and being a musician applies to any instrument.
Of course, musicians don't learn by YouTube videos alone, and though a lot of sites offering online tips or music lessons function essentially as promotions designed to up-sell method books, private lessons, CDs, DVDs and the like, there are some that offer some substance, too.
One is Berklee College of Music's Berklee Shares site, which has a variety of free educational materials for various instruments, including a page devoted to bass lessons and tips that seems to merit more than a cursory look.
Also worth digging into is the "Tips" section of CarolKaye.com, the personal site of the famed session bassist. While it's not especially well-organized or indexed, there's a wealth of detailed material there in Kaye's responses to questions from students and fans.