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AMERICAN BASSES

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The first comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars, American Basses offers a wealth of well-researched information about all of the important builders, from one-man shops to the biggest manufacturers. Hundreds of full-color photos illustrate the wide range of instruments available, and special insider essays take you step by step through the bassmaking process, from concept and design to final setup.

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US$29.95
BASS GROOVES

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Develop Your Groove & Play Like the Pros in Any Style
Bass Gooves is the latest title written by Ed Friedland. This invaluable guide and accompanying CD give bass players both the musical background and training needed to get on with their grooving. 112 pages. Written in standard notation, tab and include drum patterns. Includes audio CD.

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BASS PLAYER PRESENTS THE FUNKY BASS BOOK

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This is the ultimate collection of funked-up wisdom and inspiration, from the grooving pioneers of R & B, soul, and funk to the flame-tending funkateers of hip-hop, neo-soul, and gospel. With interviews and analyses from both groundbreaking old-school innovators and ongoing revolutionaries – players like Larry Graham, Anthony Jackson, Chuck Rainey, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Andrew Gouche – here are the secrets of how the masters take a groove and make it funky. From the early days of James Brown and Motown through the session players of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and Philly soul, The Funky Bass Book digs deep into the grooves that have moved generations, illuminating what lies at the heart of funk. Measures 9"x6", and 256 pages.

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BRAVE NEW BASS

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Interviews & Lessons with the Innovators, Trendsetters & Visionaries
Brave New Bass offers an in-depth look at 30 visionary players in styles ranging from pop and rock to world music and experimental jazz.

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BUNNY BRUNEL'S POWER BASS: SOLOING SECRETS

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Explore New Modes, Scales & Chords & Expand Your Improv Palette. Created specifically for bass players, this book takes you inside Bunny Brunel's innovative system for solo improvisation. Includes audio CD. 80 pages.

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FIRST BASS

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The Ultimate Guide to Bass Fundamentals
First Bass, written by Josquin des Pres, is the ultimate book of fundamentals for the electric bass, designed to take the beginner to the next level. Through indispensable reading basics and exercises, this unique guide explores all techniques, concepts, and styles that cover 50 years of electric bass playing. Written in standard notation and TAB. 96 pages. Includes MP3 CD.

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HOW THE FENDER BASS CHANGED THE WORLD

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This book by the founding editor and former publisher of Bass Player magazine not only celebrates the 50-year history of Fender's revolutionary Precision Bass, it also - for the first time - illuminates the full scope of its profound impact on music and society. Focusing on the bass' artistic influence, it details the technical milestones that gave the bass its musical power. This book also describes the impact of the bass in the hands of such visionaries as James Jamerson; cheers the innovations of rockers like Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle and Sting; and honors the inspired work of such virtuosos as Jaco Pastorius. Loaded with black & white and 100 stunning color photos. 208 pages.

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JACO - THE EXTRAORDINARY AND TRAGIC LIFE OF JACO PASTORIUS - ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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Chockful of new insights about Jaco's early years, along with new revelations about his tragic final days, this very special Anniversary Edition takes a greatly expanded look at the man who revolutionized his instrument and became one of the most potent and compelling forces in jazz during the 1970s. 339 pages. Includes audio CD.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY: PLAYING THE GREAT BEATLES BASSLINES

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Paul McCartney is one of the best pop bass players in the world, and this book presents a musical analysis of his consistently inventive and influential bass playing during his tenure in the Beatles. This indispensable guide offers full transcriptions of nine of McCartney's most revered bass parts. Written in standard notation and TAB. 160 pages.

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R&B BASS MASTERS - THE WAY THEY PLAY

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R&B Masters is a close examination of the legendary R&B bassists that shaped modern music. Explore the styles of Duck Dunn, Chuck Rainey, George Porter, James Jamerson, Jerry Jemmot, David Hood and many others through written examples and play-along tracks. Learn their stories, their working setup, and their unique approaches to the groove. Written in standard notation and TAB. 80 pages. Audio CD features examples from all of the book's lessons.

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THE BASS BOOK

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The Bass Book offers a complete illustrated history of bass guitars from Fender's first in the 1950s through the models of the next 40 years that formed the foundation for modern music. The bass guitar is undoubtedly one of the most significant instruments of this century, yet this book is the first to study its history. Features original interviews with bass makers past and present, dozens of unusual, specially commissioned color photos, and a reference section that provides a wealth of information on every major manufacturer. 108 pages.

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THE BASS HANDBOOK

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This indispensable handbook helps players of all levels produce better, more creative, and more vaired bass lines. Divided into two sections – Playing Your Bass and Knowing Your Bass – it covers everything from tuning, reading music, scales and chords, and advanced techniques to tops on buying and upgrading a budget bass and troubleshooting. Along with a list of suggested listening and a reference guide, this book provides an unrivaled digest of bass information that might otherwise take an entire career to amass. Includes audio CD. This title is a high quality production: It is spiral bound, printed in hard cover and on glossy paper. 256 pages.

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THE JAZZ BASS BOOK

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More than a player's manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. Bassists get expert guidance on mastering proper technique, practice methods and improvisation, plus new insight into the theoretical and conceptual aspects of jazz. The companion CD featuring bass plus rhythm section allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fast versions. It also offers play-along tracks of typical chord progressions and song forms. Written in standard notation only (no TAB). Includes audio CD. 228 pages.

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THE WORKING BASSIST'S TOOL KIT

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This book teaches electric or acoustic bassists of any style the musical skills essential in the working world, survival tips for tackling any gig, and techniques for achieving a competitive edge. Written in standard notation only - no TAB. Includes play-along audio CD. 96 pages.

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