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NEW BASS BOOKS

THE JOHN BENITEZ BASS METHOD VOLUME 2
NEW!
THE JOHN BENÍTEZ
BASS METHOD
VOLUME 2

El Sonero del Barrio: A Creative Approach to Salsa is the follow up to Ian Stewart's excellent first volume on this master of rhythm.



SPINAL TAP - THE BIG BLACK BOOK
NEW!
SPINAL TAP:
THE BIG
BLACK BOOK
Fans of the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap will not be able to live without this gusher of a book about the most fantastic band ever, anywhere.


TAB APPENDIX - GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES
NEW!
TAB APPENDIX:
GROOVING WITH
HYBRID TECHNIQUES

To make the exercises more accessible, Enrico Galetta offers this TAB companion to his excellent book.



STU HAMM THE BOOK OF LIES BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
STU HAMM
THE BOOK OF LIES
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
His 2015 album is an ambitious exercise, with a 7-piece suite dedicated to solo playing. Full transcriptions and performance notes.



BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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THE BEATLES 1965-1970 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
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
NEW!
JEFF BUCKLEY
GRACE BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Grace was his one and only album. Here are bass lines for all nine 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.


STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME 2
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME 2
-EBOOK/PDF-

The hits just keep on coming. Here are 11 more favorites from Stevie Wonder.


FRANK SINATRA YOU TUBE TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This iconic singer insisted on recording live with his band. Here are bass lines for 11 favorites.


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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ONLINE TECHNIQUE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC SEPTEMBER 2018

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 EVOLVING BASS PLAYER on Tuesday, September 25. Time will be 9:00 pm in Jaime's native Puerto Rico; that's 8:00 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


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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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 ANTHOLOGY
STU COOK, CCR
ANTHOLOGY BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 15 of Creedence Clearwater Revival's hits, as played by bassist Stu Cook.


VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
His bass playing brings energy and drive to Earth, Wind & Fire. Here are his lines on 10 of their best songs.


BERRY OAKLEY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

He managed to be distinctive, even within the Allman Brothers' big, full sound.



CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
CHORDS AND
CHORD SHAPES FOR
BASS GUITAR
-EBOOK/PDF-
This compendium of fretboard charts includes explanation of how chords are built and how to utilize 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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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 55:
UNDERSTAND THE LEARNING CURVE


It's Normal Not to See Constant Improvement

You may find it difficult to believe that you’ve forgotten how to play something that was completely playable just a couple days ago. Not seeing day-to-day progress can be frustrating.

This frustration comes from misunderstanding the learning curve. Bass players expect the learning curve to work like this: Once a section of a song is learned, it will only get better, easier, and faster. Every day will be an improvement on the day before, and progress will always move in a positive direction.

Unfortunately, here’s how the learning curve actually works: You learn some music. But, when you return to this same music another day, you might have to figure it all out again.
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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.

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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
Respect
from Aretha Franklin


The Queen of Soul left us recently. In tribute, Eric Beaulé offers this transcription of the bass line as played by Tommy Cogbill on one of her signature songs.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 67
Technique Exercises


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, offers basic exercises to get you playing, and playing better, when it just seems you can't make progress.