Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Music Composition

Degree Program

Music - Performance with a concentration in Jazz Performance, MM

Committee Chair

Evens, Gabriel

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Fitzgerald, Christopher

Committee Member

Fitzgerald, Christopher

Committee Member

Wallace-Boaz, Krista

Author's Keywords

jazz bass pedagogy; Charlie Haden; bass method books


The objective of this research is to compare what jazz bass method books teach with an actual performance. For this end, I analyzed and summarized several bass method books regarding bass line construction and compared them to transcriptions of Charlie Haden’s bass lines, trying to find considerable discrepancies. Firstly, I found that Charlie Haden used all the techniques that all authors teach in their books. Beyond that, I found that Haden extensively applied two techniques the authors cover superficially (implied harmony and sequences) and also expanded the concepts of chromaticism and building tension and release that are found in the books. I concluded that, although all researched books cover the required content to fulfill their objectives, Haden’s performances suggest that there is room to incorporate new approaches in future jazz bass books.