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NOTABLES
New additions and familiar titles worth a fresh look. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

BOWIE GREATEST HITS, BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOWIE
GREATEST HITS,
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Accurate transcriptions of 15 of the late David Bowie's best songs.


DOUBLE-BASS NOTEBOOK
DOUBLE-BASS
NOTEBOOK

Musical examples, articles, and practical advice on practicing, auditioning, repertoire and more.



THE TOTAL ROCK BASSIST
THE TOTAL
ROCK BASSIST

Break down the music and styles of iconic players from the diverse rock world.



BASS PLAYER'S GUIDE TO SCALES AND MODES
BASS PLAYER'S
GUIDE TO
SCALES AND MODES
Understand all the scales, modes and arpeggios used by the modern bassist.


BASS GRIMOIRE COMPLETE
BASS GRIMOIRE,
COMPLETE

A professional reference with thousands of diagrams, charts, illustrations and fretboard patterns along with concise theory.


MILES DAVIS OMNIBOOK
MILES DAVIS
OMNIBOOK

A massive 272-page collection with 50 bass-clef transcriptions.

U2 BASS PLAY-ALONG
U2 BASS
PLAY-ALONG

Eight hit songs in standard notation and TAB, plus tempo-adjustable play-along CD.
BASS IMPROVISATION
BASS
IMPROVISATION

A complete guide to improvisational soloing for advanced jazz players.




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

NAMM RECAP

NAMM 2017

The mad tribal gathering that is the annual convention of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) came to Anaheim, California, in late January. The sheer scope and scale of the show, and the crush of music-oriented humanity, are always quite stunning.

Here are a few collected views of the unique event.

NAMM articles on Bass Musician Magazine

Show gallery from Bass Player Magazine

Highlights from NAMM's website
Note especially the "Guitar & Fretted Instrument" section.



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TOP SELLERS OF THE YEAR
These best-sellers were favorites among our player-customers in 2016. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
And the
-ONLINE COURSE-
151 exercises to learn to play and read slap basslines.



CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS, VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
46 classical pieces arranged for electric bass, with audio tracks.

SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE
BASS

A durable standard for sight reading. Starts at a basic level and progresses quickly.


ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS, VOLUME 1

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
First in a three-volume set, includes audio tracks.



BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Comprehensive reference on understanding, treating and preventing health problems from playing the bass.
BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The great blues-rock lines from 12 of Bad Company's hits, as played by Raymond "Boz" Burrell.



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THE CATEGORIES
Here is our library arranged by subject matter. Browse the "shelves" and find what resonates for you.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
--ARPEGGIOS
--BASS & DRUMS STUDIES
--BEGINNERS
--CHORD STUDIES
--FINGER PICKING
--FRETBOARD STUDIES
--EAR TRAINING
--FRETLESS
--GROOVES
--HARMONICS
--IMPROVISATION
--MUTING
--SCALES AND MODES
--SIGHT READING
--SLAP
--SOLOING
--TAPPING
--TECHNIQUE
--THEORY
--TIME SIGNATURES

MUSIC STYLES
--BE-BOP
--BLUEGRASS
--BLUES
--CLASSICAL
--CONTEMPORARY
--COUNTRY
--CUBAN
--DISCO
--DIXIE
--FLAMENCO
--FUNK
--GRUNGE
--HEAVY METAL
--HIP-HOP
--HOLIDAY, CHRISTMAS
--INDIAN/RAGAS
--JAZZ/FUSION
--LATIN
--AFRICAN
--AFRO-CARIBBEAN
--AFRO-CUBAN
--SALSA
--METAL
--MULTIPLE STYLES
--R&B
--REGGAE
--ROCK
--ROCKABILLY
--SWING
--WALKING BASS LINES
--WORLD
--WORSHIP

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ESSENTIAL SECRETS

THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO

Here's the latest in a series of free tips from performance coach/bassist David Motto and his ebook, THE 10-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO: An Insider's Guide to Transforming Your Bass Playing in Ten Minutes a Day.


SECRET 17:
SET YOURSELF UP WELL


A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way

To learn bass as efficiently as possible, having the best physical setup is crucial. You need the right setup for your bass—which a guitar repair person can do for you—and, more importantly, you should focus on how you position your instrument when you play.

Proper positioning is crucial to your success. You need to feel comfortable and have access to the entire fingerboard. Your fingers must be able to play their assigned frets whether you’re playing a four-string, five-string, or six-string bass. You should be able to slide your left hand up and down the neck easily without running into your torso. Your right hand needs to have comfortable access to every string whether you’re playing finger-style, slapping, or using a pick.

Most bassists need to do some experimenting to get the proper position. Change the length of your guitar strap. Try playing with the neck parallel to the floor as well as with the headstock raised up.
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BASSBOOKS.COM EXCLUSIVES
These special items are available only from your pals at BassBooks.com. Click for details, sample pages and prices. (See all titles published exclusively by BassBooks.com)


PENTATONIC NOTE SEQUENCE GRIMOIRIUM
PENTATONIC
NOTE SEQUENCE
GRIMOIRIUM
-EBOOK/PDF-

Amazingly comprehensive: over 700 note sequences based on the major pentatoic scale and associated modes.



Sight Reading For the Bass
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS

One of THE standard texts in the sight reading canon. Build your skills no matter your experience level.


Ultimate Book of Jaco Pastorius
THE ULTIMATE
BOOK OF JACO

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A compendium of the genius of Jaco Pastorius: 18 of his greatest songs, note for note.


EXPOSED: SOLO MUSIC FOR UNACCOMPANIED ELECTRIC BASS
EXPOSED: Solo
Music for
Unaccompanied
Electric Bass

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A study in going it alone! Comprehensive analysis of four solo pieces and the techniques behind them.


SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR BASS
SCALES AND
ARPEGGIOS FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

You need to know about all the basic scales and their corresponding arpeggios. Here it is. Includes DVD.

Walking Basslines
WALKING BASSLINES:
A Guide to Creating and Improvising Jazz Basslines

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A vital guide for the jazz bassist; simple to complex, with examples and exercises, and scales and modes identified.

FREE STUFF
BassBooks.com offers a vast collection of videos, lessons and transcriptions, absolutely free, for the benefit of the bass-playing community.

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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Ziggy Stardust
by David Bowie,
as played by Trevor Bolder.


This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.

Eric actually added this David Bowie transcription before, but wanted to call it out again to honor the late star, and announce Eric's book of Bowie Greatest Hits, Bass Transcriptions. The song is from the 1972 album, "The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Enharmonics


Jaime defines for you exactly what "enharmonics" are.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 52
Scale Patterns:
3-Note Pattern


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the training value of breaking up scales into clusters of three notes.

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