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

THE WHO
THE WHO
Learn John Entwistle's lines on 8 of their classic hits. Includes sound-alike CD tracks.
THE FUNKMASTERS
THE FUNKMASTERS:
THE JAMES BROWN
RHYTHM SECTIONS

Dive into a world of legendary bassists and drummers. 23 songs broken down, includes 2 CDs.

BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
BACH CELLO
SUITES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

No kidding: these classics will improve your chops!

THE LATIN BASS BOOK
THE LATIN
BASS BOOK

A comprehensive study of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and other Latin bass styles. 3 CDs.
COMPLETE BASS GUITAR BY EAR
COMPLETE BASS
GUITAR
BY EAR
-2 CDs-

Learn every note on your bass and develop your ear without reading music.
PATTERNS FOR IMPROVISATION
PATTERNS FOR
IMPROVISATION:
BASS CLEF

Sequence, repetition and attitude are keys to the art of improvisation.


HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

JON LIEBMAN EXPANDS HIS MUSIC-INSTRUCTION EMPIRE

JON LIEBMAN

"Serve the song. I've heard Leland Sklar say it a million times and it's so true."

We know bassist Jon Liebman as an accomplished player, instructor and author of several bass books we carry. But he is also an ambitious entrepreneur who is rapidly growing his music-instruction business.

In a recent interview with Jewish News, Liebman talks about his upbringing in a musical family in suburban Detroit, and his new focus on Notehead Media Group. This is the umbrella organization under which he aims to develop a broad network of websites focussing on a range of instruments, different musical styles and even various careers within the music industry. He envisions a comprehensive resource for musicians, students and enthusiasts.

Click here for a sample video lesson from JonLiebman.com

Books by Jon Liebman in our catalog:

PLAY LIKE JACO PASTORIUS
BASS AEROBICS
BLUES BASS
FUNK/FUSION BASS
ROCK BASS


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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.

FIRST 50 SONGS YOU SHOULD PLAY ON BASS
FIRST 50 SONGS
YOU SHOULD PLAY
ON BASS

PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES
GROOVING
WITH HYBRID
TECHNIQUES


VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

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-

See the best-selling titles of past years:
2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015

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

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 7:
NARROW YOUR FOCUS


Fixing one detail at a time

Intense focus is the key to making big progress in the practice room. With focus, bass players make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without focus, many bassists flounder.

Try these two important focusing techniques:

1. Zero in on the exact issue that is making a specific set of notes difficult to learn.

For example, the move from one note to another may be the problem. Or, maybe it’s the rhythmic placement of just a couple of notes that’s causing the damage. Don’t play the entire section over and over, hoping that the problem will fix itself. Instead, slowly play just the specific area that needs the work.   (Read more)

2. Think about only one aspect of your music at a time.

You can work on a rhythm without paying attention to pitch. Or, you can learn pitches without thinking about rhythm. Tone production and dynamics can each be isolated and worked on individually.    (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.
Click here to see free Transcriptions.
Click here to see free Lessons.
Click here to see free Videos.
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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
Jeff Berlin Chord-Tone
B♭7 Blues Solo


Bass Play-Along video

Play-Along Backing Track
(without solo)


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

This Blues solo is from Jeff Berlin's classic instructional DVD, "Bass Logic." The TAB clearly shows how Jeff travels along the neck of his bass during this piece. Check out the video demo and solo-free backing track.
   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ-www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
The Accent

Player, Berklee International Network instructor and Bass Musician Magazine staff writer Jaime David Vazquez (www.jaimedavidvazquez.com) shows how playing notes with special emphasis adds rhythm and expression to music.
   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 46
Applying the Modal System
to the 12-Bar Blues
In this video, John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, shows how to create the Blues scale.

 
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