David Gross Publishes “The Bassis for Transformation: Patterns for All Bass Clef Instruments”
A little over twenty years ago, David Gross began writing a “woodshed” column for Downbeat Magazine. Initially, a transcription lesson for Eric Dolphy’s solo on “God Bless the Child,” Gross quickly realized it would be more beneficial for readers to see how to apply a solo’s pattern into their own playing. Now he’s expanded the concept into a new book entitled The Bassis for Transformation: Patterns for All Bass Clef Instruments.
The book takes eight solos and isolates four-bar phrases that are transposed into all 12 keys as well as reversed for more harmonic ideas. Gross adds arpeggio patterns to fit over the solos for even more practice.
While Gross is a bassist himself, he acknowledges that these exercises work for all bass clef instruments. “[For this book] I decided to self publish, which at first I thought would be a bass guitar book. When I was finished I realized that this book would be a great help for anyone who plays an instrument and reads bass clef,” he explains. “The idea is to use your hands and your ears to play through these patterns and then, make up your own.”