Josh Fossgreen is a bassist and bass teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. Proficient in many styles and musical contexts, he’s played from samba to ska, from heavy metal to jazz duos, from pit orchestras to soul bands to funk groups. He loves to lay down a solid groove as much as take a face-melting solo.

Josh is available as a bass teacher for students all over the world thanks to the magic of the internet!

He is intensely passionate about music in all its delightful aspects, and seeks to make the world we live in a funkier, more peaceful place through his work. May all beings be blessed and get their groove on!

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Bass Seventh Chords

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Seventh Chords Wrap-up + Autumn Leaves – Jazz Bass Chords 4/4

This video will wrap up everything we’ve learned in the past few videos in our bass chords series. Now that we know minor 7 (and by extension half-diminished 7), major 7, and dominant 7 chords, we’re ready to put it all together in a song!

Lucky for us there are many great songs to practice using all these chords together, because these chords make up the most common chord progression in jazz – the 2-5-1 (or ii-V-I in Roman numeral notation).

An example of a major 2-5-1 in C would be D minor 7 – G dominant 7 – C major 7.

A sample minor 2-5-1 in C would be D half-diminished 7 – G dominant 7 – C minor 7 (or just C minor).

In this video we’ll use the A section of the jazz standard Autumn Leaves to try all these bass chord voicings out in sequence. I strongly encourage you to open up a Real Book (a book full of jazz tunes) and try to get yourself through another tune after you master the examples in this video!

You now know a couple different voicings for the most commonly used seventh chords. This will get you through a whole lot of songs, and the only way you’ll really get the most out of this knowledge is to try applying it as much as possible. And there are always new chord voicings and types of chords to learn in the future! Have fun.

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Posted November 24th, 2014

Dominant Seventh Bass Chords

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Dominant Seventh Chords + 12 Bar Blues – Jazz Bass Chords 3/4

Dominant seventh bass chords are the focus of lesson 3 of 4 in our jazz bass chords series. The dominant seventh chord comes from the mixolydian scale, and it is used everywhere from classical V7-1 cadences to the humble 12 bar blues. Like in the other videos in this series, we’ll learn two different shapes/voicings you can use to play this chord on bass, and then we’ll apply it directly in a musical example.

Piggybacking onto this chord this week is a 12 bar blues progression! Sometimes I like to sneak extra lessons into my videos, and that’s what I did here. Everyone should know how to play a basic blues progression, whether you want to go on the road with a blues band or just jam with some friends. We’ll talk over the basic AAB form of the blues, and you can hear some amazing improvised lyrics as well. :)

See you next week for Autumn Leaves!

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Posted November 17th, 2014