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Fretboard Knowledge - The Moving Bass

Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents - and still growing - having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

While keeping a busy touring schedule in a variety of musical settings, Vinny has also become a familiar figure on Public Television. Featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, in Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar as the youngest generation in the lineage of jazz guitarists with veteran Bucky Pizzarelli and in the Music Gone Public series. Recording credits include soundtracks for HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen's film Café Society.

“When Frank Vignola was asked to put together a team for what will hopefully be the first of a long run of guitar nights at New York’s Cutting Room, he called ‘all of the Italian guitar players I could get,’ he said with a wink at the club... These weren’t just any “Italian guitar players” though. First, there was Vinny Raniolo, Vignola’s longtime musical partner. The two of them together are a force of nature: superior, simpatico, entertaining players with a wide-ranging repertoire and off-the-charts facility.” – JazzTimes

“Vignola and Raniolo’s dual acoustic guitars blend like espresso and gelato. From the first notes of “It Might As Well Be Spring,” the players leap with acrobatic precision from strummed triplets to descending diminished scale runs. On mellower takes Vignola and Ran¬iolo recall the frisky interplay of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.” – The Christian Century

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    As guitarists, we have a variety of ways we can accompany. In this lesson Vinny Raniolo demonstrate ways you can utilize bass motion through chord progressions and songs to spark new ideas for your accompanying skills. Vinny discusses techniques such as two-beat and walking bass lines with each harmonic movement thoroughly explained and easy to understand. You'll be ready to take your accompanying skills to the next level and have the tools to improve your practice.

    A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen.

    Titles include: Avalon, It's Been a Long, Long Time, Ain't Misbehavin', Bflat Blues and Cheek to Cheek

    Running time 77 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD

    Review: Boy, has Vinny Raniolo's gorgeously stout Guild guitar got the bass-string moves. So many cool moves, in fact, as to be able to put on this 77-minute bassline clinic, "The Moving Bass" as part of the "Fretboard Knowledge" series. For starters, there's the two-beat style, which tightly intersplices chords. It's this strategy that innervates "Avalon," a golden oldie whose racing pulse drove seminal fretsmen (Django Reinhardt) as well as seminal horn men (Coleman Hawkins) frantic. 

    Then Raniolo, who has collegially aired out the strings with Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola, begins teaching how to really strut your stuff by using the almighty walking bass technique. Included are lots and lots of ornamentations on the theme designed to move from chord to chord, connecting the dots between progressions with varying degrees of swagger. With jazz clearly on its mind, that shapely Guild walks up through Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" not long after having walked down the same "It's Been a Long, Long Time" that Les Paul once swooned while Der Bingle crooned away. Both remain springboards for all-around fretsmanship. The challenging multipart "Cheek to Cheek" and an exquisitely ad-libbed "B-flat Blues" also provide great stimuli for getting the bass moving, while expanding your repertoire at the same time. – Dennis Rozanski/BluesRag



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