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

CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
CLASSIC ROCK BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Accurate bass-line transcriptions of 15 songs that defined an era.


BASS GUITAR SCALE MANUAL
BASS GUITAR
SCALE MANUAL

Scales, exercises, and rock and blues progressions for all experience levels



JACO, THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO,
THE DOCUMENTARY
2-DVD SET

Blu-Ray
The outstanding Robert Trujillo examination of a life of genius and tragedy.



PLAYING THE CHANGES: BASS
PLAYING THE
CHANGES: BASS
A unique improvisation strategy based on ear training and note relationships.


GROOVES FOR DRUMS AND BASS
GROOVES FOR
DRUMS AND BASS

Over 200 popular rhythms in a wide variety of styles. Includes audio CD.



REAL EASY EAR TRAINING BOOK
THE REAL EASY
EAR TRAINING BOOK
Learn the secrets to knowing the harmony of songs as the chords go by.


AEROSMITH
AEROSMITH
BASS PLAY-ALONG

Eight hit songs with enhanced CD (adjust the tempo on your computer).
BEST OF MARCUS MILLER
BEST OF
MARCUS MILLER

23 transcriptions from the Grammy-winning bassist and session player extraordinaire




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

BASS PLAYERS GET SOME LOVE FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The thing about the bass is it's the first thing that you hear when you're approaching a stage."

At the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, LA Times writer Randall Roberts chose to give some props to often-overlooked bass players.

The broad variety of musical acts and the wide-open-air, multi-stage nature of the event made for some impressive bass performances. Roberts reported, "While the musical peacocks conveyed oh-so-deep imagery with their co-conspirators hogging the limelight on the front line, the roughneck bassists and their compatriots on the drums ran the rhythmic engines below, their calloused fingers guiding the direction."

See Randall Roberts' LA Times piece here.

And check out his Twitter posts from April 21-22 here.


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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.

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

Accurate transcriptions of 15 hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival.



SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS-
One of the best texts for learning to sight read bass lines.

FRETBOARD ALCHEMY FOR 4-, 5-, AND 6-STRING BASS
FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FOR 4-, 5- AND
6-STRING BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Scales, modes, extended fingerings, functional harmony and more.


BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


The blues-rock-inspired bass lines from 12 of Bad Company's hits.



FIRST 50 SONGS YOU SHOULD PLAY ON BASS
FIRST 50 SONGS
YOU SHOULD PLAY
ON BASS

TAB, lyrics and chords for popular songs bassists love to play.
VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

10 hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, showcasing White's sense of energy and drive.



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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 22:
USE A PRACTICE PLANNER


Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Achieve Them

Most bassists have had the experience of starting a practice session only to draw a complete blank on what exactly they should be playing. You can easily avoid this bewildering situation by keeping a special journal for your musical life.

There are two important reasons to use a practice planner when you have limited amounts of time. First, few people can remember all the items on their musical to-do list. You can’t make progress on your music if you forget to practice it! Second, people who write down their goals are nearly twice as likely to achieve them as people who don’t write them down.

Among the essentials to write down in your practice log are:

1. What to Practice: This is the to-do list of your top practice priorities.

2. Specific Goals: Your goals focus on why you’re practicing. Knowing your goals makes your practicing more focused and efficient.

3. What You Played Today: Keep track of the exact progress for each item you’re practicing.
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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
Crazy Train
from Ozzy Osbourne


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 Classic Rock Bass Transcriptions. Crazy Train came out on Ozzy's debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, in 1980.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
Popular Song
Form, Bass


Here Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, explores the parts of the popular song form. These include: the intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, interlude, bridge, vamp, solo, coda and Ad Libitum.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 53
Scale Patterns:
4-Note Pattern


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the drill of playing scales in 4-note patterns to develop your fingering.

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