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HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

STANLEY CLARKE ON SERENDIPITY

STANLEY CLARKE

"I'm just realizing all the great things that have happened because people didn't show up for a gig."

In an interview with Financial Times, four-time Grammy winner and bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke muses on the role of chance occurences. He formed his '70s fusion band Return to Forever with Chick Correa after Correa filled in for a pianist who didn't show for a gig Clarke was playing. And he is currently playing in a very successful duo with Japanese pianist Hiromi; they used to be a trio before the drummer couldn't make a gig. Clarke also plays with a young drummer he stumbled across on You Tube.

Much of Clarke's time is now devoted to scoring films and TV shows, which he loves. “Music smooths things out,” he says. “It’s miraculous. Put a little music there, it’s like putting a soft lens over something and all the imperfections disappear.”

See Stanley Clarke play his signature song "School Days" in this video.

Books about Stanley Clarke or his music in our catalog:

THE STANLEY CLARKE COLLECTION
BASS VIRTUOSOS
THE BASS PLAYER BOOK
THE BASS TRADITION
THE ALL-JAZZ REAL BOOK


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 5:
MEMORIZE AS YOU GO ALONG


Making memorization a natural process

Have you ever had to memorize a song after you’ve figured out all the notes? It’s a pretty common situation, especially if you learn from sheet music. This experience makes memorization seem like an extra task that takes a lot of time and effort.

Memorization is not a special step. If you follow this book’s advice to know the song form, break music into sections, and play slowly to maximize muscle memory, you’ll memorize quickly and easily during the learning process itself!

Here’s the secret: The human brain can’t memorize an entire song. Your brain is designed to take in small bits of information and then transfer them to long-term memory.   (Read more)


NEW AND NOTABLE
These selections include new additions as well as familiar titles worth a fresh look. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

POWER WARM UPS FOR DOUBLE BASS
POWER
WARM-UP FOR
DOUBLE BASS


HEARING CHORD PROGRESSIONS
HEARING
CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

GETTING AROUND THE BASS
GETTING
AROUND
THE BASS
MOTOWN BASS
MOTOWN BASS


TEACH YOURSELF BASS GUITAR
TEACH YOURSELF
BASS GUITAR

MUSIC THEORY FOR BASS THE BASS PLAYER
MUSIC THEORY
FOR THE
BASS PLAYER

TOP SELLERS OF THE MONTH
These current best-sellers are favorites among our player-customers. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

BACH 2-PART INVENTIONS FOR 4-STRING BASS
BACH 2-PART
INVENTIONS FOR
4-STRING BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
10-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
10-MINUTE
BASS
VIRTUOSO
-EBOOK/PDF-
BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


WHAT MAKES MOTOWN BASS MOTOWN?
WHAT MAKES
MOTOWN BASS
MOTOWN?

CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

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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

ALL CATEGORIES

BEGINNERS        BANDS        ARTISTS and AUTHORS        EBOOKS        TRANSCRIPTIONS

BASSBOOKS.COM EXCLUSIVES
These special items are available only from your pals at BassBooks.com. Click for details, sample pages and prices.    (See all)


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


Sight Reading For the Bass
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS

Ultimate Book of Jaco Pastorius
THE ULTIMATE
BOOK OF JACO

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

EXPOSED: SOLO MUSIC FOR UNACCOMPANIED ELECTRIC BASS
EXPOSED: SOLO
MUSIC FOR
UNACCOMPANIED
ELECTRIC BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR BASS
SCALES AND
ARPEGGIOS FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
Walking Basslines
WALKING BASSLINES:
A GUIDE TO CREATING AND IMPROVISING JAZZ BASSLINES

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

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

Click here to see all Free Stuff available.
Click here to see free Transcriptions.
Click here to see free Lessons.
Click here to see free Videos.
Click here to see (and hear!) the BassPod.

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

ERIC BEAULE-www.PlayBassLines.com
Bass Transcription of
Blues Bass
Solo in C


Bass Play-Along video
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaule, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry. A good Blues solo is a fundamental part of bass playing. Here's a bouncy line Eric created that you will find useful and fun.
   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ-www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
Palm Muting

Player, Berklee International Network instructor and Bass Musician Magazine staff writer Jaime David Vazquez (www.jaimedavidvazquez.com) introduces this technique of damping strings with the plucking hand.
   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 39
The Modal System Up Close:
Dorian
In this video, John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses the Dorian Mode.

 
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