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

ULTIMATE SLAP BASS
ULTIMATE
SLAP BASS

200 slap exercises with audio tracks covering everything from basic to advanced, and integrating with other techniques.

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA

The premise: Music is a language, and if you learn its "alphabet," you can become fluent.

COUCH POTATO BASS WORKOUT
COUCH POTATO
BASS
WORKOUT

Yes, you CAN develop your bass technique while watching TV! For bassists of all levels and styles.

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN THE
SHADOWS OF
MOTOWN

The tumultuous life and musical brilliance of James Jamerson, in honest interviews, 49 transcriptions, two hours of performance and rarely seen photos.


THE EAGLES BASS PLAY-ALONG
THE EAGLES:
BASS
PLAY-ALONG

Learn eight of the super-group's favorite hits by playing along, then take over the part using the separate backing tracks.

BASS GRIMOIRE, COMPLETE
BASS
GRIMOIRE,
COMPLETE

A pro reference tool with thousands of diagrams, charts, illustrations and fretboard patterns, plus concise theory.

RAY BROWN, LEGENDARY JAZZ  BASSISTS
RAY BROWN,
LEGENDARY
JAZZ BASSIST

A fine tribute to this champion of the upright bass, with 18 transcriptions, performance notes and photos.
JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO: THE
DOCUMENTARY
-DVD-

-Blu-Ray-
Simply the best treatment there is of the wondrous, tragic life of Jaco Pastorius.
HARMONIC ANALYSIS
HARMONIC
ANALYSIS

Advance your composition and soloing skills by understanding harmony and chord relationships. Course includes 48 HD videos.


HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

DANIEL FOOSE FINDS INSPIRATION ON FAMILY'S FORMER PLANTATION

WATER GHOSTS

Haunting echos of slave lives provided a context for the compositions on jazz bassist and composer Daniel Foose's debut album, Of Water and Ghosts.

Foose traded his New York base for a run-down house on the Mississippi delta, and spent a month writing music on the very land where his mother's great-great-grandfather had slaves working his plantation.

Check out the story on this NPR piece, which includes tracks from the album.

Go to Foose's webpage here, to see Downbeat's album review and a highly evocative trailer.


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

SCALES OVER CHORDS
SCALES
OVER CHORDS

Those scales you practice all the time? Here's how to actually apply them in a musical way.

SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE
BASS
Starts at a beginning level and progresses through to advanced, to help develop this critical skill.
SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also see:
-ONLINE COURSE-
Learn to play and read slap-bass lines with this comprehensive collection of 151 exercises.

JAMES JAMERSON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES JAMERSON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS

A massive 242-page compilation of 21 iconic Motown hits that benefited from the Jamerson magic.
CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS, VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
VOLUME 2
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Comprehensive studies of classical pieces that every modern bass player can learn from.
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Three volumes, available singly or in a set, that progress through the critical skills in sightreading. Includes audio tracks.
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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 13:
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF


Honesty really is the best policy

Practicing bass is about exploring your musical potential. Daily practicing leads to a sense of personal accomplishment and self-dedication, and it gets you ready to perform in public.

The only way to experience freedom when you perform is to be truly prepared. The only way to be truly prepared is to be honest with yourself as you figure out how to spend your finite amount of practice time. (Read more)


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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, purely for the benefit of the bass-playing community.

Click here to see all Free Stuff available.
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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:

ERIC BEAULE-www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Jaco Patorius' Havona
Bass Solo




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

Havona is a Jaco Pastorius composition from the 1977 Weather Report album, Heavy Weather. This solo was recorded during Jaco's peak and is an amazing example of his command and mastery of the fretless bass.

   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ-www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
The Dilemma of 6th Chords

Jaime explains a simple way to better understand the often elusive 6th chord.

   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 41
The Modal System Up Close:
The Lydian Mode


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Lydian Mode as part of his series on getting Up Close with the Modal System.
 
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