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

STU COOK, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STU COOK,
CCR BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Accurate transcriptions of 15 hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival.


THE WORKING BASSIST'S TOOL KIT
THE WORKING
BASSIST'S TOOL KIT

Playing and listening skills, practical techniques, gigging survival tips!



THE BASS PLAYER'S HANDBOOK
THE BASS
PLAYER'S HANDBOOK

Everything from skills and technique to musicianship and pro advice.



MONSTER BOOK OF ROCK BASS TAB
MONSTER BOOK
OF ROCK
BASS TAB
80 fun rockin' tunes in a great 448-page collection.


TRIOS AND QUARTETS FOR DOUBLE BASS - VOL I
TRIOS AND
QUARTETS FOR
DOUBLE BASSES

Volume 1 of a 4-book set, a collection of 11 trios and 7 quartets from classical masters.


BASS IMPROVISATION
BASS
IMPROVISATION

A complete guide to jazz soloing, for advanced players.

MOTOWN BASS CLASSICS
MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS

Transcriptions of 21 bass-heavy Motown favorites.
BEAST OF THE BASS
STEVE HARRIS:
BEAST OF THE BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
18 of the most incredible heavy metal bass lines, from Iron Maiden.




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

STING TALKS LIFE, MAKING MUSIC AND AN OLD P-BASS

STING


"(T)he bass seemed to offer a kind of quiet heroism. . . . To play a contrapuntal bassline against the singing is much different to strumming along four in the bar, you know."

Gordon Sumner, whom we know as Sting, has a broad perspective on life and making music. And on playing one of the world's most beat-up Precision Basses.

Sting speaks in this engaging interview on Musicradar.com.

Sting titles in the BassBooks.com catalog.



MIKE OVERLY LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE

MIKE OVERLY

Bass player, instructor, GRAMMY® nominee and author of several excellent books we carry, Mike Overly has an impressive new website. The focus is on the educational products and programs Mike offers, but there's a lot to see and enjoy. Check out basstruth.com.

Mike Overly's titles on BassBooks.com.



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TOP SELLERS OF THE MONTH
These best-sellers were favorites among our player-customers over the past 30 days. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

BASS CHORD ENCYCLOPEDIA
BASS CHORD
ENCYCLOPEDIA

From jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs: an exploration of chords.



DAVID BOWIE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
DAVID BOWIE
GREATEST HITS
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best, taken from nine of his albums.

TIRAN PORTER, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TIRAN PORTER,
THE DOOBIE
BROTHERS BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS

Bass lines for 10 of The Doobie Brothers' big hits, as played by Tiran Porter.


BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK
BASS FRETBOARD
WORKBOOK


A systematic solution to learning the fretboard, without reading music.



CHORD BASSICS
CHORD
BASSICS

Slim enough to tuck in your case, with virtually every chord you will ever need.
BERRY OAKLEY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS

A dozen songs from this founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.



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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 21:
UNDERSTAND THE 80/20 RULE


Putting In the Time on What Matters

The 80/20 Rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) says that much of life is distributed unequally. It turns out that, give or take a few points, 20% of people make 80% of the money, 20% of criminals commit 80% of the crimes, and 20% of professional actors get 80% of the roles.

When the 80/20 Rule is applied to bassists, it gives you two guidelines for organizing your practicing:

1. You make 80% of your progress from 20% of your work.

2. 20% of your music needs 80% of your practice time.

A small portion of your work and time in the practice room is giving you the biggest payoff.
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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
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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Down on the Corner
from Creedence Clearwater Revival,
as played by Stu Cook


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

Here's a free preview of Eric's latest ebook Stu Cook, Creedence Clearwater Revival Bass Transcriptions. Down on the Corner is a John Fogerty composition from the 1969 album, "Willy and the Poor Boys."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Practicing Synchopation with Scales


Jaime shows how playing scales can be turned into an effective exercise for practicing 16th-note synchopation.


MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
Minor Scales of
Major Significance


In this great lesson, Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, presents the major scale and its relative natural minor scale, clarifies the major pentatonic scale and minor pentatonic scale, and reveals the minor pentatonic scale's relation to the minor hexatonic scale.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 43
The Modal System
Up Close: Aeolian


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Aeolian Mode.

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