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BassBooks.com now offers a special, Amazon-beating introductory price on the spectacular new vintage-bass book by Rush frontman: GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS

This lavishly produced volume -- large format and hardcover -- is a wondrous celebration of the instrument, including its origins and history, and the weird and wonderful shapes it has taken. For bass enthusiasts, this is the definitive work.

In this great interview with Louder, Geddy Lee explains why he had to make this incredible book.

GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS



FREE STUFF! BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTIONS

FREE STUFF! TIPS AND LESSONS

BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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INCUBUS: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
INCUBUS: S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for all 12 songs on their 1997 breakout album.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The best-selling jazz album of all time, from one of the towering figures in American jazz.


HERBIE HANCOCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
HERBIE HANCOCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The creative Jazz-Fusion composer and performer has won 14 Grammy Awards!



YACHT ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
YACHT ROCK
-EBOOK/PDF-

Good playing and good listening: bass lines for 12 super-smooth rock songs from various artists.


DREAM THEATER, METROPOLIS PT. 2 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
DREAM THEATER
METROPOLIS PT. 2
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The proggressive metal band's epic first concept album was a theatrical masterpiece.



DREAM THEATER, IMAGES AND WORDS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
DREAM THEATER
IMAGES AND WORDS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

This was the band's breakthrough album, released in 1992, and their biggest seller.



FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Ol' Blue Eyes was one of the 20th century's most popular singers. Here are bass lines for 11 of his beloved songs.



BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 12 of the band’s greatest hits, highlighting the driving, funky style of John Taylor.


JAMES BROWN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES BROWN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business created hundreds of ground-breaking songs. Here are bass lines for 12 of them.



BERNARD EDWARDS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERNARD EDWARDS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

With his own band, Chic, and numerous marquis stars, Bernard Edwards wrote, played and produced great hits. Here are his bass lines for 14 of them.



STEELY DAN COLLECTION FOR BASS
STEELY DAN
COLLECTION
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 13 hits from this quirky and inventive American duo that brought a hybrid style to the '60s scene.

BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC FOR BASS
BEST OF
FLEETWOOD MAC
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This book presents the bass lines from 11 of Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits, as played by John McVie.


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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Eric Beaulé

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CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME I
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME I
-EBOOK/PDF-

These 15 iconic hits helped define the classic era of rock music.



CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME II
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 17 more classic hits that left their mark on modern rock.


BOWIE GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
DAVID BOWIE
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Accurate bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best, taken from nine of his albums.



PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This collection of 10 songs takes a look at the early bass work of this legendary session player.


STU COOK, CCR ANTHOLOGY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STU COOK
CCR ANTHOLOGY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

A collection of 15 classic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival, as played by bassist Stu Cook.

TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 15 favorite songs from this humble, genuine guy and his Heartbreakers.


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BASS BOOKS for all reasons

BERKLEE JAZZ BASS
See all our
JAZZ
titles

The scope and styles of Jazz span the entire range of human emotions. Studying it is a commitment, playing it is a joy.



STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOL 2
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STEVIE WONDER
titles

The creative genius of Stevie Wonder lives in the bass lines of his many big hit songs.


CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
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CHORD STUDIES
titles

The bass guitar is under-exploited as a chordal instrument, but it works for everything from jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs.



JACO - THE EXTRAORDINARY AND TRAGIC LIFE OF JACO PASTORIUS
See all our
JACO PASTORIOUS
titles

This brilliant talent revolutionized his instrument and became one of the most potent and compelling forces in jazz.


THE LATIN BASS BOOK - A PRACTICAL GUIDE
See all our
LATIN
titles

Authentic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles are rich with expression and history.



THE FUNKMASTERS: THE GREAT JAMES BROWN RHYTHM SECTIONS, 1960-1973
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JAMES BROWN
titles

For 50 hard, fast years, the Godfather of Soul contributed to the development of rap, disco and funk.


EAGLES BASS PLAY-ALONG
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EAGLES
titles

The Eagles reigned as one of our best and most popular rock bands, true American originals.



BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK
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FRETBOARD STUDIES
titles

Keep enriching your mental map of the fretboard, and enhancing your dexterity in navigating it.


STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
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JAMES JAMERSON
titles

Some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest players: Jamerson played on a massive number of hits from a wide range of artists.


BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
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CLASSICAL MUSIC
titles

A bass guitar is capable of melody as well as accompaniment. Studying classical compositions expands your skills on many fronts.


NATHAN EAST, THE BUSINESS OF BASS
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NATHAN EAST
titles

A vast wealth of material shows Nathan's easy facility with many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk and blues.


SIGHT READING FOR BASS
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SIGHT READING
titles

Not only is Sight Reading an immensely practical skill, but studying it develops (or revitalizes) your understanding of many aspects of music.



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

BEGINNERS / BANDS / ARTISTS
EBOOKS / TRANSCRIPTIONS

BASSBOOKS.COM EXCLUSIVES
These special items are available only from BassBooks.com. Click for details, sample pages and prices. (See all titles published exclusively by BassBooks.com)


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.


Sight Reading For the Bass
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
One of THE standard texts in the sight reading canon. Improve your skills whatever your experience level.


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, Vol. 1
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS,
VOLUME I
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive compilation of 46 classical music pieces arranged for the bass guitar by Mike Cornelison.


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, Vol. 2
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS,
VOLUME II

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Mike Cornelison does it again with this collection of 60 of the greatest classical pieces ever attempted on the electric bass.


BEAST OF THE BASS
THE BEAST
OF THE BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Here are 18 of Steve Harris' heavy metal bass lines from Iron Maiden's first five albums.



FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FRETBOARD
ALCHEMY FOR
4-, 5-, and 6-STRING BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
This comprehensive study strips away all the fluff associated with scale theory and brings it up to date with style.


THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET
CONCEPT
-EBOOK/PDF-

Improvising over the fundamental 2-5-1 Jazz progression, with the structure of 99 examples explained.

ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
APREGGIO
WOODSHEDDING

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive study covering the 60 most important arpeggios encountered in modern music.
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.



FRETBOARD ARCANUM
FRETBOARD
ARCANUM

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive method written to help bassists with their "vertical" soloing skills.


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.

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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 77:
HAVE FUN


Enjoying What You're Doing

Mastering the technical demands of the bass, learning challenging music, and having the discipline to practice every day require work, dedication, and perseverance. And, you may have to give up other activities to make time for bass.

However, if practicing feels like drudgery, something is wrong. Playing bass should be fun.

One element of having fun is realizing that, out of all the activities you could take part in, you have chosen to play bass. Think about that for a minute. You have countless other ways you could spend your time. Something has made you decide to be a bass player. Make sure you’re enjoying this time!
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SECRET 78:
VISUALIZE THE PERFORMANCE


How to Feel Completely At Ease on Stage

Visualization is the process of seeing and feeling what a situation will be like before you’re actually in that situation. An earlier secret, Practice Without Your Bass, discusses using visualization to learn music more quickly and to practice anywhere at any time. Successful bassists also utilize visualization to improve upcoming performances.

This is how it works:

Begin by picturing yourself on stage playing a concert. First, focus on your senses. Pay attention to what you see and hear from the stage. Acknowledge the other musicians. Notice the audience, the lighting, and the temperature. Feel yourself holding your bass.
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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

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You love his BASS TIPS, so now get in on a free online clinic! Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation on THE BENEFITS OF THE ETUDES on Tuesday, August 27. Time will be 9:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at basseducinc@gmail.com.



See all Jaime David Vazquez' BASS TIPS in our FREE STUFF section


FREE STUFF
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Click here to see all Free Stuff available.
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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:


ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

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

Bass Transcription of a
Blues Rock Solo


Bass Play-Along video

Eric offers (and demonstrates!) a catchy, fast-moving bass solo that he calls Texas-style.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Diminished Intervals


Next in his study of intervals, Jaime looks at the dark, dissonant diminished intervals.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Unlimited vs.
Limited


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, discusses the surprisingly liberating effect of creative constraints.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 12
Beginner Bass

John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, shows how to approach the bass for the first time, and how to coach someone just starting out.





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