Janek Gwizdala Releases “Iconic Lines for Bass Guitar”
Janek Gwizdala has added another book to his jazz education series with Iconic Lines for Bass Guitar: An Interactive Chronology of the Genes of Jazz Vocabulary. The book aims to teach you vocabulary from the genre’s entire existence.
“Humanity’s stories, traditions, customs, culture, and even our cellular makeup are passed down by genes—small bits of information that have withstood the test of time, which we wouldn’t exist without. From Miles Davis to Michael Brecker, Bill Evans to Brad Mehldau, so exists the art of jazz,” Gwizdala writes. “In each musician’s story, a common string connects the great artists of today directly back through each prior decade, all the way to the 1930s and before. These ‘genes’ have been bestowed through the generations—then molded, expanded upon, reshaped, newly expressed, and personalized by each legendary artist brave enough to carry them forth.”
The 288-page book, which comes in digital and paperback editions, is written in musical notation in bass clef as well as TAB and treble clef notation for each example. It comes with an access code for over 300 play-along tracks at three tempos for practicing and over seventy videos of Gwizdala playing through the lines.