In this follow-up bass masterclass video, bass virtuoso Hadrien Feraud breaks down his approach to improvisation. Hadrien and super-talented keyboardist Eddie Brown (Stevie Wonder, etc.) discuss and demonstrate playing through changes, interacting as a team, listening and more. If you're a fan of Hadrien and want to know how he approaches improvisation, this bass lesson is for you. NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the "purchase" version of this video (not the $9.99 "rental" version) which includes the on-screen charts/notation seen in the video. It does not include Hadrien's transcribed solos.
Topics Covered: Soloing through changes, scales & modes, chords, jazz, improvisation, learning harmony on the instrument, listening, teamwork, stage volume, sounding like a band, “The Way”, “Funky Fusion Church”, phrasing freely, time, etc.
Hadrien Feraud is one of the rising young stars of the bass world. He was born in Paris on August 16, 1984. His parents, both musicians, immersed him early in many different musical styles including rock ‘n’ roll, blues, funk, new wave, traditional and jazz. After brief flirtations with guitar and drums, he became curious about the bass–and at age 12, hearing Jaco Pastorius with Weather Report sealed his fate. As he dedicated himself to his new love, Hadrien also discovered other players such as Dominique Dipiazza (who also became a friend), Victor Bailey, Christian McBride, Anthony Jackson, Matthew Garrison, Gary Willis, Richard Bona and others.
In 2001, Hadrien played at the “Basse Contre Basse” concert in memory of double bass player Francois Jenny-Clark. Joined by Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain Luc on guitars and Franck Agulhon on drums, Hadrien was quickly noticed by the star-studded audience which included Richard Bona, Garcia Fons, Dominique Dipiazza and the Moutin brothers.
The next year Hadrien formed a power trio called Le Cartel, with Jim (guitarist) and Jon (drummer) Grandcamp. Bireli Lagrene invited the group to play at the “Night of the Musicians,” at the Trianon Palace in Paris, and after that the band went on to play on various stages in France and abroad.
Eager to meet other bass players, Hadrien decided to compete at the Euro Bass Day in Verona in 2003 and was selected as a finalist; he also took first prize at the French national contest “Haut les basses” in 2004.
Hadrien has shared stages with such names as Rido Bayonne, Sheik Tidiane, Marc Berthoumieux, Jean Marie Ecay, Mokhtar Samba, Dominique Dipiazza, N’guyene Le, Thierry Eliez, Flavio Boltro, Paban Das Baul, Bireli Lagrene and Andre Ceccarelli.
In 2005, John McLaughlin invited Hadrien to play on two tracks for his album Industrial Zen. This collaboration will continue this year, when Hadrien joins McLaughlin for an American tour starting in September.
In 2007 Hadrien released his self-titled debut album as a solo artist, and recorded with Chick Corea for an upcoming release. Hadrien Feraud is quickly earning his place in the international brotherhood of bass virtuosos!
“I first played Markbass because of the great tone I got with a CMD 102P combo, but also because it was a small, very lightweight combo with tons of power!” Hadrien enthuses. “In fact, it’s all we need as bass players! There’s no complication with a Markbass head: you plug it in and it works immediately. I often go to gigs with only my Little Mark III head in a backpack. That’s another reason I play Markbass–you can go everywhere with your own sound.”