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

TIRAN PORTER, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TIRAN PORTER,
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Accurate transcriptions of 10 of the super group's classic hits.


CHORD BASSICS
CHORD BASSICS
Sized to toss in your case, over 500 chord shapes presented in clear fingering charts.



ADVANCED STUDIES FOR BASS GUITAR
ADVANCED STUDIES
FOR BASS GUITAR

10 study pieces to help the modern bassist master important techniques.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE
MILES DAVIS,
KIND OF BLUE
Solo and accompaniment parts for the songs on this landmark 1959 jazz recording.


TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS
TONE NOTE
MUSIC METHOD
FOR BASS

A clear and simple method that teaches music and develops skill qiuickly.


BASS CHORD ENCYCLOPEDIA
BASS CHORD
ENCYCLOPEDIA

From jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs, there are lots of uses for chords on the bass.

COUCH POTATO BASS WORKOUT
COUCH POTATO
BASS WORKOUT

A fun, straightforward approach to building bass technique while watching TV!
PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

A close look at the early fretless-bass work of this legendary session player.




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ON THE COVER OF BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

JAIME DAVID VASQUEZ ON BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE


Player, instructor and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is the handsome dude on the cover of Bass Musician magazine this month. In a thorough video interview, he discusses his playing and his career.

"Music is my language and bass guitar is my voice."

Check out the interview here, in the March issue of Bass Musician Magazine.







JAMES WHITON INTERVIEW

JAMES WHITON

"I love being in trios. A trio really allows the bass a certain amount of freedom that disappears as you add players."

"With a bow the sound becomes much more like the human voice and can be sustained."

In a wide-ranging interview in Alibi, bassist-composer James Whiton reveals some pointed facts about his band experiences and his current solo efforts. A looper plays a key role in his compositions.

Alibi article interviewing James Whiton

YouTube clip of James Whiton soloing with his looper



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TOP SELLERS OF THE MONTH
These best-sellers were favorites among our player-customers over the past 30 days. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

BERKLEE JAZZ BASS
BERKLEE
JAZZ BASS

Learn to create more melodically interesting bass lines and solos.



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.

BASS GRIMOIRE COMPLETE
BASS GRIMOIRE
COMPLETE

A pro reference: thousands of diagrams, charts, illustrations and fretboard patterns.


ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
ARPEGGIO
WOODSHEDDING

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive study covering the 60 most important arpeggios.



CHORD TONES BASS BOOK
CHORD TONES
BASS BOOK
-EBOOK/PDF-

21 examples of the use of chord tones over many genres of music.
BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA

Music is a language. Learn its alphabet and you can play anything.



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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
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.

THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
SECRET 20:
STAY RELAXED


Eliminating Tension to Make Playing Easier

Both physical and mental tension can be debilitating in your musical life. Mental tension, more commonly called stress, affects your ability to concentrate, to listen carefully, and to remain interested in results as you work on technical challenges or difficult material.

An intriguing way to deal with stress is to make sure you play the bass every day. The very process of playing music has a calming effect. Playing daily also eliminates any feelings of guilt you have about avoiding your bass.
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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
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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
Rockin' Down the Highway
from The Doobie Brothes,
as played by Tiran Porter.


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

Here's a free preview of Eric's ebook Tiran Porter, The Doobie Brothers Bass Transcriptions. Rockin' Down the Highway is a Tom Johnston composition that appears on the group's 1972 album, "Toulouse Street."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Chords and Arpeggios


Jaime shows how the notes may be the same but the playing is not.



MIKE OVERLY
www.12tonemusic.com

BASS LESSON:
Bass Tone Rows


In this video lesson, GRAMMY® nominated music educator Mike Overly, author of Bass Encyclomedia, presents 13 iconic bass riffs used in the songs of Eric Clapton, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, SRV, Elvis, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Albert King and others.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 49
Memorizing an Order for
the Circle of Fifths


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, offers a neat pattern for practicing scales (played musically!) following the Circle of Fifths.

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