Danny Morris – Essential Rockin Grooves for Bass
Jul 24 2014
Danny Morris is a versatile bassist, author and Berklee professor who has performed with rock pioneer Bo Diddley, blues masters Buddy Guy and James Cotton, and New England’s premier Calypso band, Calypso Hurricanes. He also performed on many Caribbean tours as a member of the James Montgomery Band. At Berklee, he has helped thousands of students develop their bass skills; his students have gone on to play with Duran Duran, Dave Mason, and many other well known acts. Morris is also the author of Instant Bass, which demonstrates his ingeniously simple methods for teaching students of all skill levels play the instrument he loves.
Learn how to lock into an airtight groove with Berklee professor and versatile bassman Danny Morris. In this Berklee Workshop, Morris gives you techniques to help you anchor your band with solid foundation of bass lines, chord progressions and rhythmic and harmonic variations. Working with and without a drum machine, Morris breaks down the secrets of syncopation, rhythmic displacement, left-hand muting, and more. His practical lessons will help you build your bass vocabulary, play with more variety and character, and keep your grooves in the pocket.
This is a brief but concise video where Mr. Morris demonstrates concepts that are important to a bass player no matter the type of music they play, and he does so simply and clearly so that the viewer gets insight into possibilities latent within each topic. Mr. Morris presents the concept first on bass without any other rhythm track, showing the chord progression or rhythmic idea. He is not showing off so you end up saying, ‘wow, he’s amazing’ – although he is a wonderful bass player to hear and watch – but instead you get what he is talking about and showing and can carry it over to your own work.
Mr. Morris then repeats the concept with a backing track, develops it and riffs on it a bit, then the dvd cuts to concert material to see the concept used in his performance. Also, Mr. Morris’ passion about his instrument and the players that inspire him is so palpable, you just want to get on your instrument the moment the dvd ends.
Running time: 1 hour
Video: MPEG2 720×480 7800 kbps 29.97 fps AR 4:3
Audio: AC3 2 ch 48 KHz 192 kpbs
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 3.1 Gb