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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.

ULTIMATE SLAP BASS
ULTIMATE
SLAP BASS

A very popular slap book, its 200 exercises and audio tracks run from basic to highly complex.
TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD
TONE NOTE
MUSIC
METHOD
FOR BASS

A revolutionary way to quickly learn music and develop technical skill.

FUNK GUITAR AND BASS
FUNK GUITAR
AND BASS

A deluxe history and study tool that covers all the masters. Hard cover plus lay-flat spiral binding.

CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL II
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS, VOL. II

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A classic on the classics, with 60 great pieces and downloadable audio tracks.
JACK BRUCE: CREAM OF CREAM
JACK BRUCE:
CREAM OF
CREAM
-DVD-

Half documentary, half instructional video, this fine DVD studies the Cream hits and the techniques used on them.
ROCK BASS SONGS FOR DUMMIES
ROCK BASS
SONGS FOR
DUMMIES

Easy instructions and performance notes to let you play 38 classic rock hits.


HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

LESTER HOLT: NEWS ANCHOR, BASS PLAYER

LESTER HOLT

"I started playing the electric bass when I was in junior high school. I played a little bit of jazz band in college."

Who knew the serious, polished anchor on NBC's Nightly News played bass? Lester Holt is the man!

In answer to the inevitable question about how many basses he owns, Holt told Parade in a recent interview, "I own about nine or 10 electric basses. Then I have two stand-up basses. (My wife) wonders why I need all of these basses. I haven’t really come up with a good answer yet, but I just know that I need them."

In his previous role on NBC's Today morning show, Holt had the occassional chance to play with bands and artists who were guests on the show. His favorite? Earth, Wind and Fire.

Click here for a video of Lester Holt exploring "Brownstone Jazz."



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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.

10-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
10-MINUTE
BASS
VIRTUOSO
-EBOOK/PDF-

Triple the power of your practice time and become a bass wizard in just 10 minutes a day!

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.
BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Note-for-note transcriptions of the blues-rock-inspired basslines on 12 of Bad Company's greatest hits.

CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR THE BASS GUITAR
CHORDS AND
CHORD SHAPES
FOR THE
BASS GUITAR
-EBOOK/PDF-

An amazingly thorough collection of fretboard charts to illustrate chords in all keys and forms.
CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC
BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive study of 46 classical pieces that modern bass players can learn a lot 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 8:
UNDERSTAND THE FORM


Knowing what can be skipped

Almost every piece of music is structured in a series of organized sections, and the exact order of these sections is called the Form. Before you start practicing a song, make sure you know this form. Understanding the form of your song will save an enormous amount of practice time, will speed up memorization, and will make you more confident when you perform.

The secret to using the form to save time in the practice room is noticing which sections appear more than once. This musical material comes up in the song over and over again, but you only need to learn it one time! Skip over any section that you’ve already learned and search for the next section that is still new to you. (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
Solo 2 B♭7 Blues


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.

Here's another great Blues solo from Jeff Berlin's classic instructional DVD, "BASS LOGIC." Includes the implied chords for harmony study. Check out the video demo and solo-free backing track.
   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ-www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
Grace Notes

Player, Berklee International Network instructor and Bass Musician Magazine staff writer Jaime David Vazquez (www.jaimedavidvazquez.com) explains grace notes in their various forms.
   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 40
The Modal System Up Close:
The Phrygian Mode
In this video, John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the role and use of the Phrygian scale.

 
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