Upright & Upfront Tutorial


Upright & Upfront Tutorial

10 Jan 2022 | 4.32 GB

Upright bassist, recording artist and highly acclaimed jazz singer, Nicki Parrott has released more than 30 records, is a first-call bassist for mainstream jazz players, and a frequent headliner at jazz venues and festivals worldwide. We’re thrilled to welcome Nicki to the family with her first TrueFire course, Upright & Upfront!

”I spent many years playing with, and learning from, many legendary jazz musicians including Les Paul who hired me to join his combo for the weekly Iridium gig in New York City. Les encouraged me to sing, which eventually led to becoming a bandleader and recording artist. Esperanza, Katie Thiroux, Kristin Korb, Miriam Sullivan are just a few examples of jazz bass players who also sing and have successful careers.

I’ve designed this course to share many of the upright techniques, jazz feels and performance approaches that I’ve learned along the way. But I’ve also included a series of lessons that focus on singing while playing the bass to hopefully inspire you to do the same.”

Throughout the course, Nicki will guide you through a series of lessons and performance studies covering walking bass lines, developing a great “two feel”, breathing and vocal warmups, scatting, learning to sing and play at the same time, Charleston grooves, funk grooves and lots more.

You’ll apply all of the techniques and approaches concepts over backing tracks for musical context. The feels and tracks include blues, traditional jazz standards and tunes from the popular American song book such as I’ll Take Manhattan, The Water is Wide, The Man I Love, Blues in the Closet, It Had to Be You, Sweet Georgia Brown, Rhythm Changes and more.

You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the performance studies. Plus, you’ll be able to use TrueFire’s learning tools to sync the tab and notation to the video lesson.

You can also loop or slow down the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace. All of the backing tracks are also included to work with on your own.

Grab your upright, and let’s get “upfront” with Nicki Parrott!


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