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Steve Woodcock

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  1. Ear Training and Intervals

    Learning ear training in this way will only enable you to recognise the sound of an interval, to get the complete picture you really need to internalise what the notes sound like in relation to a key centre. Download the Functional Ear Trainer app from http://www.miles.be/, it was recommended to me by my old teacher Joe Hubbard and I recommend it to all my students; I also like Bruce Arnold's books which Trey Gunn recommended. Both methods are based on a Charlie Banacos exercise I believe.
  2. Recommended reading

    I'm a fan of Bert Ligon's books, I prefer his Jazz Theory Resources over the Mark Levine book.
  3. How Many Notes Does it Take to Make a Chord?

    The quote is from the 1983 translation of his book, based on the 1922 revision of his orginal publication. He was also a highly respected theorist and teacher. I could have chosen any of the many books on my shelf, they all agree three is the magic number.
  4. How Many Notes Does it Take to Make a Chord?

    Desregard the Wikipedia info, a chord consists of three or more notes: "It is required of a chord that it consist of three different tones" - Schoenberg, Arnold. Theory of Harmony. University of California Press, 1983
  5. Zappa fan? In West London?

    Thanks for posting, @Happy Jack, I joined these guys yesterday.
  6. Bass Tuition Available in West London + Skype

    Just given my last lesson of 2017, so a timely bump in preparation for the new year. I still have some limited availability for new students so if you have made a resolution to develop your musicianship and improve your playing, feel free to drop me a message.
  7. Yep, but let's not confuse the OP at this early stage!
  8. The Art of Walking Bass - 'Sequences'

    @ChrisDev, as 'step' refers to a movement by an interval of a second I think your response would be clearer if you replaced that word with 'chord tone' instead. Otherwise, all good!
  9. A, D and E are chords I, IV and V in the key of A major. They are all major triads. Chord I is built from the root, third and fifth notes of an A major scale: A B C# D E F# G# Chord IV is built from the root, third and fifth notes of a D Lydian scale (the fourth mode of the A major scale): D E F# G# A B C# Chord V is built from the root, third and fifth notes of an E Mixolydian scale (the fifth mode of the A major scale): E F# G# A B C# D
  10. Chords

    Expanding upon dlloyd's post above, here are some very useful voicings for diatonic seventh chords. I've presented them here in the key of C major but they are movable shapes so you can transpose to any key.
  11. Skype tuition?

    Hi @FarFromTheTrees, I offer Skype lessons too, and theory is a speciality of mine. Feel free to PM me and we can have a chat if you like. Best, Steve
  12. Right hand stuff

    [quote name='DJpullchord' timestamp='1505823117' post='3374548'] Rest strokes or free strokes? I'm new to bass so please bear with me. Grrrrrrrrr. [/quote] Either are fine, personally I use rest strokes as the slight 'thud' of your finger hitting the string below adds a little more weight to the note. Edited for inclusion of video Gary Willis explaining the same thing: [url="http://youtu.be/oRrmxH1wVlE?t=12m23s"]http://youtu.be/oRrmxH1wVlE?t=12m23s[/url]
  13. West London bass lessons for 14 year old required

    [quote name='Cestrian' timestamp='1505840706' post='3374701'] Looking for someone that can motivate and inspire a 14 year old. [/quote] Hi Cestrian, I am west London based (W4) and teach a wide range of ages. I will send you a message. Best, Steve
  14. Short scale for carpal tunnel?

    The problem with the Thunderbird is that, due to the body shape, the top strap button is around the 17th fret which (as mybass points out above) pushes the neck farther away from you - reaching those lower frets will be quite a stretch. If you'd like to message me a pic or video of yourself playing I can critique your technique and identify what may be causing your problem.
  15. Jazz/Theory tuition West Yorkshire

    Hi Dave, I am down in London but can offer you Skype lessons if you'd consider that an option? Feel free to message me if you'd like to discuss. Best, Steve