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16 March 2016
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BASS METHOD BOOK 1
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Learning to play the bass guitar can bring joy, just like mastering any instrument can. And yet the bass is NOT any instrument. Deep bass guitar notes create a critical foundation that both carries the rhythm and defines the tonality of a song. Indeed, the bass guitar is as much a percussion instrument as it is a melodic one. Bands and groups from rock to reggae, Motown to metal, Latin, blues and jazz rely on their bass player to hold everything together.

So studying bass not only provides a great introduction to the world of music, it opens the door to a unique role of support and leadership. You can certainly express yourself creatively, but the nature of the instrument means when you play bass lines or bass chords, you will be the rock your bandmates lean on.

You Can Learn the Bass Guitar

Does that mean learning how to play bass guitar is somehow different from learning other instruments? Yes. It's more important! The processes of practicing, listening and learning may be similar, but the critical role you are preparing for makes all the work more rewarding. It isn't just about memorizing notes on the bass neck or playing loud bass guitar chords. You are propping up all your pals and making the music really work.

To guide you in this quest, here are some books BassBooks.com recommends that focus on bass guitar for beginners. If you want to learn bass guitar, and learn how to LEARN bass guitar, these will be valuable resources.

Bass Guitar for Beginners

At BassBooks.com, we have a large selection of books and DVDs dedicated to the early stages of learning how to play bass guitar. You can browse our entire Beginner category here. Following are five books we especially suggest you consider.

BASS FOR BEGINNERS

by Glenn Letsch

All the tools for a solid start in playing bass are here, provided by pro player Glenn Letsch. From proper left- and right-hand technique to reading standard notation and tablature, plus some music theory, isometric exercises and ear training – it’s all here. 78 pages, written in both standard notation and TAB, 99 audio tracks on included CD. $19.95

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BASS FOR BEGINNERS
BASS METHOD BOOK 1

by Ed Friedland

Aimed at those literally picking up a bass for the first time, this book covers everything from tuning the instrument and proper playing position to basic music notation and common bass lines and rhythms. You’ll find over 100 great songs and riffs, plus a CD with 44 audio tracks. 47 pages. $9.95

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BASS METHOD BOOK 1
BASSES LOADED PRIMER: QUICKSTART

by Rod Goelz

Here are the essential skills for “gettin' it done” on the electric bass. You’ll learn basic technique in both pick-playing and finger-style, basic rhythms, classic lines and the basic blues form. There is lots about the fundamentals of making good bass sounds. Written in standard notation and TAB. 46 pages. Audio tracks on included CD. $14.95

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BASSES LOADED PRIMER: QUICKSTART
LEARN ROCK BASS: BEGINNER – DVD

by Chris McCarvill

You begin with the roots of rock and then move into essential techniques, including scales, octaves, alternating and muting. Learning how to hold the beat gets special attention. Drum and guitar backing tracks make you feel like you’re in your own band. You also get membership and full online lesson support at RockHouseMethod.com. 90 minutes running time. $12.99

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LEARN ROCK BASS: BEGINNER – DVD
DIY ELECTRIC BASS

by Ron Manus and L.C. Harnsberger

Want to learn how to play a bass guitar? And want to do it at your own pace, in your own way? This true do-it-yourself approach gives easy-to-follow guidance with accompanying video lessons and audio tracks. No musical knowledge is necessary. Written in standard notation and TAB. 48 pages. Instructional audio/video to stream or download. $9.99

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DIY ELECTRIC BASS


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THE BEATLES COMPLETE SCORES
THE BEATLES
COMPLETE
SCORES
This magnificent collection presents bass, guitar, vocal and drum parts for every song The Beatles recorded. All 210 of them, in 1136 pages! Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound with a slipcase. A marvelous work.

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SLAP IT!
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
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These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources of all time. Available singly or as a set, in print or ebook form, with accompanying audio.

GETTING STARTED

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PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

BEGINNING ELECTRIC BASS
BEGINNING
ELECTRIC BASS
Part one of a three-part series, this book introduces music theory, scales and chords. Learn to build cool bass lines.

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