ARE YOU LOOKING TO LEARN THE BASS?
We believe you have come to the right place! We have been serving the Bass community since 1998, with one goal in mind - to be your ultimate online resource of educational material for the Bass Guitar. We carry over 1,000 titles in stock for quick delivery - we try to provide the best samples we can on each title, giving you the best idea of what's 'under the cover'.

So whether you're a picking up the Bass for the first time, or a seasoned vet, please look around, check things out, write a review, and/or contact us with suggestions/requests letting us know what you think. Many of the ideas and titles you see are from the suggestions of customers, so let us know if you have something to say. As always, we appreciate your 16+ years of support and look forward to providing you with the best level of service we can provide.

NEWEST SITE UPDATES:
Most Recent Newsletter / iTunes PodCasts / Bass Pod / Closeout/Markdown Specials
 
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
 

   
NEW EBOOK: SOLID! BLUES BASS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
Like many forms of American music, the traditional electric blues of the 50's and 60's has become an endangered species, increasingly replaced in clubs and recording sessions by a more high energy rock sound. As the older bluesmen disappear, the younger players coming up the ranks do not have as many opportunities to be mentored. If they are lucky enough to hear the older recordings, they may find that the 'old school' style is worth pursuing. This text can be helpful for such players and students.

This book is presented in sections. They can be studied together or separately. The first part presents basic techniques and positions that have been developed through years of live playing. They can be applied to many situations. Keep in mind that the blues is a very personal expression, and that these things are not set in stone. If something doesn't work for you, for example, a certain shape or fingering, by all means take what you like and leave the rest.

The rest of this book presents various blues styles and concrete examples. They can be practiced by themselves, or in conjunction with the technical studies. This kind of study can go a long way to prepare you for what is out there. The real secret, though, hours spent playing the music with other people, at jam sessions, rehearsals and gigs. So let's play! Written in Standard Notation, TAB and includes fretboard diagrams. 76 pages.

OTHER GREAT BLUES TITLES
12-BAR BLUES
BASSES LOADED VOL. 3: BLUES EDITION
BLUES BASS
HAL LEONARD BASS PLAY-ALONG VOL. 9: BLUES
MEL BAY'S COMPLETE BLUES BASS BOOK W/ CD
HAL LEONARD BASS METHOD - BLUES BASS
BLUES GROOVES
SOLID! BLUES BASS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
SOLID! BLUES BASS
- EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

   
NEW TITLES BY BRUCE ARNOLD: THE ONE MINUTE LESSON DOWNLOAD SERIES
The 'One Minute Lesson' series covers many topics commonly discussed with students. This sometimes happens because a student asks about a certain subject but more often its because I hear a skill that is lacking in their musicianship. The One Minute Lesson is not meant to be an exhaustive study of any particular subject rather it is a glimpse into one subject that is sometimes small, sometimes big but always important. At the outset you should realize that some of these "One Minute Lessons" have much more content than others. This variance in the amount of material supplied in a "One Minute Lesson" is usually caused by the subject presented. Sometimes specific exercises with MP3s and Midi files can be supplied to help a student master a particular subject but other times it might just be a lesson where I'm nudging a student to help them keep something important in mind or refine their understanding of something they might know but not completely understand. In general I think these "One Minute Lessons" should be watched every few years as you develop your musical skills because different subjects will become important to your development at different times. Each "One Minute Lesson" will contains a video that is approximately one minute in length, along with a supporting pdf. Some will additionally include MP3s and Midi files, if there are exercises to help develop the subject at hand.

Each 'One Minute Lesson' is available as an individual download or as a bundle. The Bundle is the most economical way to purchase. Listed below are the currently available titles. Click on any title to go directly to that specific title.

     
ONE MINUTE LESSON: COMPLETE 11 LESSON BUNDLE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON:
COMPLETE 11 LESSON BUNDLE
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 1 – STARTING MELODIES ON DIFFERENT BEATS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 1
STARTING MELODIES ON DIFFERENT BEATS
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 2 – ADDING TAGS TO ENDS OF MELODIES - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 2
ADDING TAGS TO ENDS OF MELODIES
     
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 3 – USING RESTS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 3
USING RESTS
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 4 – VARYING RHYTHMS WITHIN A MELODY - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 4
VARYING RHYTHMS WITHIN A MELODY
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 5 – HOW TO START A MELODY - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 5
HOW TO START A MELODY
     
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 6 – LEGATO AND STACCATO PLAYING - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 6
LEGATO AND STACCATO PLAYING
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 7 – USING DYNAMICS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 7
USING DYNAMICS
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 8 – STYLE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 8
STYLE
     
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 9 – VARYING THE DIRECTION OF A MELODY – STYLE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 9
VARYING THE DIRECTION OF A MELODY
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 10 – CHANGING THE OCTAVE OF YOUR MELODY – STYLE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 10
CHANGING THE OCTAVE OF YOUR MELODY
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 11 – MACRO PHRASING - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
ONE MINUTE LESSON: LESSON 11
MACRO PHRASING
     

   
OTHER NEW TITLES ADDED THIS MONTH
Here's the other new titles added this month. Click on each of images below for complete details (along with samples and ordering information) for that particular title.
     
  FLAMENCO BASS METHOD 2
FLAMENCO
BASS METHOD 2
 

!! CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE BEST SELLING TITLES OF THAT YEAR !!
2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006



SIGHTREADING 101 FOR BASS: READING STANDARD NOTATION, VOL. 1
SIGHTREADING 101 FOR BASS:
READING STANDARD
NOTATION, VOL. 1
Essential Sightreading Studies For Electric Bass Vol. 2
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS - VOL. 2

(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
Arpeggio Woodshedding
ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     

FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FOR 4,5 & 6 STRING BASS

(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
BERRY OAKLEY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
- EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
HAL LEONARD BASS PLAY-ALONG VOL. 49: EAGLES
HAL LEONARD BASS PLAY-ALONG
VOL. 49: EAGLES
     
Sight Reading For the Bass
SIGHT READING
FOR BASS
The Finger Funk Workbook Vol. 1
THE FINGER FUNK
WORKBOOK VOL. 1
THE BERKLEE BASS DEPARTMENT READING BOOK
THE BERKLEE BASS
DEPARTMENT READING BOOK
     
GETTING AROUND THE BASS
GETTING AROUND
THE BASS
VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
- EBOOK/PDF VERSION -
DREAM THEATER BASS ANTHOLOGY
DREAM THEATER
BASS ANTHOLOGY

Check out the titles below, available only from your friends at BassBooks.com

ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
Comprehensive study covering the
60 most important arpeggios
encountered in modern music.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

BASSLINE 1 - DVD
2 hours and 43 minutes of comprehensive Bass study on over 15 areas of study.

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR SOLO BASS
Gather the family around the amplifier
and share the Christmas spirit.

(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     

CLASSIC GEMS FOR
ELECTRIC BASS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

Includes seven Classical solos and one duet!

BEYOND BASSLINES
FROM BACH TO BRAHMS
11 solos and 5 duets great by composers such as Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Brahms and more.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS VOL. I
Comprehensive collection of 46 Classical Music pieces arranged for the Bass Guitar
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     

CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS VOL. II
An additional collection of 60 Classical Music pieces arranged for the Bass Guitar
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

DIATONIC MAJOR &
MINOR SCALES FOR ELECTRIC BASS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

The Segovia scales for Electric Bass!

EXPOSED: SOLO MUSIC FOR
UNACCOMPANIED ELECTRIC BASS

Transcriptions of the 4 solo bass pieces from Chuck Bianchi’s CD Dreaming Out Loud.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     
Essential Sightreading Studies For Electric Bass Vol. 1
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS - VOL. 1
The practice material you need to
improve your music reading skills.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
Essential Sightreading Studies For Electric Bass Vol. 2
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS - VOL. 2

The practice material you need to
improve your music reading skills.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
Essential Sightreading Studies For Electric Bass Vol. 3
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS - VOL. 3

The practice material you need to
improve your music reading skills.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     

FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FOR 4,5 & 6 STRING BASS

A no nonsense comprehensive study of scales, modes, chords, arpeggios, extended and diagonal fingerings, functional harmony, theory and more.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

FRETBOARD ARCANUM
Comprehensive method written to help bassists with their "vertical" soloing skills.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

FRETBOARD
FLASH CARDS
FOR 6-STRING BASS

An exciting and important tool for every player regardless of age, interest or ability! Fretboard Flashcards may be used with any method, teacher or learning environment.
     

GROOVING LOW-ULTIMATE
GROOVES FOR BASS

100 examples and 6 arrangements introducing and demonstrating
several Latin styles.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

LATIN JAZZ DUETS
FOR BASS

10 Latin Jazz duet arrangements
written solely for 2 Basses
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

MAMBOS FOR THE SALSA &
LATIN JAZZ HORN SECTION

A study of salsa/Latin jazz arrangements, and playing within
the context of such an arrangement.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     

MODE SHAPES
FOR BASS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

In depth look at mode structure and how to apply the knowledge.

PENTATONIC NOTE
SEQUENCE GRIMOIRIUM

The most comprehensive collection of Pentatonic Note Sequences ever assembled
PICKING HAND GRIMOIRIUM
PICKING HAND
GRIMOIRIUM

Complete picking hand development
for string instrumentalist of 4, 5, 6 or 7
string instruments.
     
RITMOS - SIGHT READING FOR THE LATIN BASS
RITMOS - SIGHT READING
FOR THE LATIN BASS

Sight reading studies of syncopated rhythms based on Latin styles and actual songs.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR BASS
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR BASS
Book/DVD package explaining the construction, fingering, and application of all the basic scales, arpeggios and modes.
The Number of The Beast
THE BEAST
OF THE BASS

18 of the most incredible heavy metal basslines ever recorded, spanning Iron Maiden's first five albums.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
     
THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
- EBOOK/PDF VERSION -

99 examples of improvising over the fundamental 2-5-1 Jazz Progression . Each study is well explained to start, then each example is dissected, analyzed and explained in detail.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
Ultimate Book of Jaco Pastorius
THE ULTIMATE BOOK
OF JACO

26 of Jaco's greatest performances,
note for note, from
the first note to the last.
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)
Walking Basslines
WALKING BASSLINES:
A GUIDE TO CREATING AND IMPROVISING JAZZ BASSLINES

a working vocabulary of walking
basslines and concepts for improvising
(AVAILABLE AS EBOOK HERE)

 
BASSPOD & PODCASTS UPDATES
The latest PodCast is posted, and the tracks are added to the BassPod as well. Check it out - and as always, thanks to everyone who participated and has jumped on board.

To visit us on iTunes, click on the image below:

Itunes


OPEN INVITATION:
Our offer still stands strong - We're always looking for original, lead Bass (or Bass heavy) tracks for the BassPod and Pod Casts. For a good idea of what we want to post, give a listen to the tracks currently included. Anyone with an MP3 (or two) the BassPod shouldn't be without, send us a copy!

We don't promise everything will be added, but we're looking forward to hearing what you have, so don't be shy. All MP3's should be emailed to us here.

Here's a complete list of the tracks included (in order):
 ARTIST  TRACK  WEBSITE
 Hal Leonard Bass Tab Method Book 1  The Munsters Theme  www.BassBooks.com
 Sade  Smooth Operator  
 Alberto Rigoni  Free Falling  www.AlbertoRigoni.net
 Sylvain Bolduc  Groove 101 (1.22 demo)  www.BassBooks.com
 Mike Cornelison  Trumpet Fanfare  www.BassBooks.com
 Motely Crue  Dr. Feelgood  

BASSPOD
Click on this link:
http://www.BassBooks.com/shopping/shopcontent.asp?type=basspod

PODCASTS
Click on this link:
http://www.BassBooks.com/shopping/shopcontent.asp?type=podcasts

 
UPDATES/ADDITIONS TO THE FREE STUFF SECTION
More free stuff! This month features the following:


VIDEOS, LESSONS & TRANSCRIPTIONS

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ - www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
3/4 Swing
All swing music is not written in 4/4 time, sometimes it is written in 3/4 time. Some examples of famous jazz standards in 3/4 time include "Bluesette" and "Footprints".
   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com
EADG 4: Part 22A
The Blues - Blues Rock
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses and demonstrates the blues scale and blues rock chord progression. Using the key of E major, John explains the 'blue notes" and music theory.

To see all free stuff available, click here.

Got something to contribute? - please contact us - we are looking for content to add and know there are a lot of you talented players and teachers out there. You get the credit - and you're helping out others along the way.


SOFTWARE
ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS
AUDIO CDS

GUITAR PRO 6

SLAP IT! ONLINE!
THE DIG - AUDIO CD
THE DIG
(AUDIO CD)