Date of Award
Bachelor of Music Honours
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Faculty of Education & Arts
This thesis/dissertation is an exploration into Jaco Pastorius' approach to improvisation via detailed analysis of seven selected transcriptions between the years 1975-80. This dissertation also analyses Pastorius' development as a performer, highlighting the many techniques he pioneered on the electric bass guitar from a historic perspective focusing on the years 1967-74. The final chapter of this dissertation presents a series of etudes that are designed to assist an advanced performer assimilate selected aspects of Pastorius' harmonic approach to improvisation.
Spiers, A. (2007). A method for electric bass improvisation via a detailed analysis of the improvisational techniques of Jaco Pastorius from 1967-1968. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1256