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ONLINE SESSION-PLAYING CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ CLINIC

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 MODERN SESSION BASS PLAYER on Tuesday, January 30. Time will be 8:00 pm in Jaime's native Puerto Rico; that's 7:00 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


BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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BEST OF BON JOVI FOR BASS
BEST OF
BON JOVI
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines from 12 of the band's favorite hits.
GEORGE MICHAEL & WHAM BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
GEORGE MICHAEL
AND WHAM!
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 13 favorites from both his WHAM! days and his solo work.


80s ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
'80s ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Driving sounds with bass lines to match: 16 greats of the era.



70s SOUL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
'70s SOUL
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Learn the bass lines to 12 Soul classics of the 1970s.
BOB DYLAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOB DYLAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

America's minstrel has created some great songs. Here are bass lines to 12.



BEST OF NATHAN EAST FOR BASS
BEST OF
NATHAN EAST
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

These tracks showcase Nathan East's versatility across styles and genres.


LELAND SKLAR BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
LELAND SKLAR
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Nine popular hits from one of the most recorded bass players ever.


ELVIS FOR BASS
BEST OF ELVIS
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The King created rock history, gave us memorable hits and played with some great bassists.



BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are John Taylor's bass lines for 12 of the band's big hits.


ABBA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
ABBA BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 12 of ABBA's favorite hits.


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

THE SCOTT LAFARO BOOK
SCOTT LAFARO
A study of the styles and techniques of this giant in the evolution of the bass' role in jazz.


TECHNIQUE 101
TECHNIQUE 101
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A thorough learning method for serious players, from beginning to advanced.


ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
This set of three volumes makes up one of the great sightreading resources.


SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also see the
-ONLINE COURSE-
One of the standard resources for learning more about slap bass lines.


ROCK HOUSE BASS METHOD MASTER EDITION
ROCK HOUSE
BASS METHOD
MASTER EDITION

Essential techniques in all genres, with audio and video download.



THE REAL BOOK VOLUME 3
THE REAL BOOK,
BASS CLEF, VOL. 3

One in the series of classic songbooks, with 400 of the greatest jazz songs from all time.



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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.

TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

In tribute to Petty's four decades of great music-making, here are bass lines for 15 of his hit songs.


STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Bass lines from 13 favorite hits that showcase his creativity.



BILLY JOEL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BILLY JOEL
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The Piano Man does hits; here are bass lines from 12 of them.



TOTO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOTO BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 13 of your favorite TOTO hits.


VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VEDINE WHITE
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are the driving bass lines for 10 hits from Earth, Wind & Fire.

SLAM STEWART, 134 ARCO SOLOS
SLAM STEWART:
134 ARCO SOLOS
FOR THE
DOUBLE BASS
The master and his bowed bass solos, as recorded between 1938 and 1952.



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 39:
SHOW SOME EMOTION


Putting Feelings into the Notes

Having an emotional roadmap for a piece of music makes performing more satisfying and communicates the true meaning of the music to your audience. But, many bassists don’t know how to convey emotions in their playing. This strategy focuses on rapidly developing this skill.

Try this exercise:

Play a one octave major scale many times. Each time you play the scale, convey a different emotion with the sound you produce.
(Read more)


See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.


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

These transcriptions are compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.

Bass Transcription of
With a Little Help From My Friends
from The Beatles,
with isolated bass track audio


Eric offers a special treat here: a YouTube video with Paul McCartney's isolated bass track playing over the transcription (standard notation and TAB). Very cool.


Bass Transcription of
Don't Come Around Here No More
from Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers


This Tom Petty favorite is off the 1985 album "Southern Accents." It featured Dean Garcia on fretless bass playing the intro, and Howie Epstein playing the rest of the song.

See lots more Tom Petty bass transcriptions in Eric Beaulé's ebook,
Tom Petty Greatest Hits Bass Transcriptions.

MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Holistic
Overlapped Forms


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, presents a new and exciting way to visualize the fretboard of a 5-string Bass.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Drop D Tuning


Jaime explores the depth and power of Drop D tuning.


JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 62
Chord Arpeggios:
Second Inversion


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, expands on playing of chord notes by discussing the second inversion.

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