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NEW BASS BOOKS

ROCK BASS 101
NEW!
ROCK BASS 101
Don't just watch the guitarist's left hand! Learn to create great rock bass lines.



SCALE COLOUR SYSTEM
NEW!
SCALE COLOUR
SYSTEM
An innovative music-study method that bridges music theory and the mechanics of stringed instruments.



BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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

Here are bass lines for 11 great songs from this towering Jazz-Fusion talent.



THE KILLERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
THE KILLERS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
They're one of the great rock bands alive. Here are bass lines for 11 big songs.


BEST OF DURAN DURAN
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN
-EBOOK/PDF-

This book collects 12 of the band’s greatest hits, and details the driving, funky bass lines played by John Taylor.
BEST OF THE EAGLES FOR BASS
BEST OF
THE EAGLES
-EBOOK/PDF-
One of the biggest and best rock bands, true American originals. Here are bass lines for 13 of their familiar hits.


THE BEATLES 1965-1970 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEATLES
1965-1970
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are Paul McCartney's bass lines for 17 of the band's best-remembered hits.



JEFF BUCKLEY - GRACE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JEFF BUCKLEY
GRACE BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Grace was his one and only album. Here are bass lines for all nine songs.


GREATEST STUDIO BASS PLAYERS, VOLUME 1
GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS
VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 12 popular hits from a variety of styles, laid down by some of the finest studio players in the industry.


GREATEST STUDIO BASS PLAYERS, VOLUME 2
GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS
VOLUME 2
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 12 more great hits from an array of artists. The lines were recorded by legendary studio players.


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NOTABLES - LED ZEPPELIN
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones made up one of the biggest rock bands of all time. From the late '60s through the '70s, their musical-performance power was relentless. Play their hits! Click for details, sample pages and prices.

LED ZEPPELIN I PLATINUM BASS
LED ZEPPELIN I
PLATINUM SERIES

The band's first album launched them on the way to super-stardom. Here are bass lines for all eight songs.


LED ZEPPELIN BASS TAB ANTHOLOGY
LED ZEPPELIN
BASS TAB ANTHOLOGY

Bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones personally selected the 21 songs in this powerful collection of bass lines.


LED ZEPPELIN HOUSES OF THE HOLY
LED ZEPPELIN
HOUSES OF THE HOLY
PLATINUM SERIES

This 1973 album expanded the band's stylistic creativity, after the success of IV.


LED ZEPPELIN IV PLATINUM BASS
LED ZEPPELIN IV
PLATINUM SERIES

37 million album buyers can't be wrong. "Stairway to Heaven," the most-requested song on '70s radio, appeared here.


LED ZEPPELIN BASS PLAY-ALONG, VOLUME 1
LED ZEPPELIN
BASS PLAY-ALONG
VOLUME 1
Here are bass lines for eight great songs. Includes CD audio tracks.


LED ZEPPELIN BASS PLAY-ALONG, VOLUME 2
LED ZEPPELIN
BASS PLAY-ALONG
VOLUME 2
Another eight classic hits. These CDs include a play-along track, without the bass.


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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 57:
START WITH SOMETHING FUN


Getting Started and Overcoming Procrastination

Starting your practice sessions with warm-ups makes the best use of your time. But, there are days when getting started at all is a challenge. On those days, you can motivate yourself by starting your practice session playing music you truly love. Don’t even think of it as practicing. Just play something fun.

Playing every day is always better than skipping days. If running through your favorite song is what it takes to get in your 10 minutes of bass time today, then do it. Even if you only play the fun music, that’s okay. You avoided falling into the trap of skipping a day because you didn’t feel like practicing, and that’s an important victory.

After all, why do you play bass anyway?
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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

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


Bass Transcription of
Go Your Own Way
from Fleetwood Mac


Here is John McVie's bass line for the classic song off the 1976 legendary album "Rumours."



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 1


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, introduces the triplet, or a single beat divided into three counting parts.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Pitch: Reading Fundamentals


Jaime starts at square one on reading and note pitch.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 78
Double Octave Dorian Modes


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, studies the important Dorian Mode scale over two octaves of the neck.