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

ROCK HOUSE BASS GUITAR
ROCK HOUSE
BASS GUITAR

Complete course for all genres, all skill levels. With backing tracks, video lessons.


MASTERING THE BOW PART TWO
MASTERING THE BOW,
PART 2: SPICCATO

Extensive etudes and guidelines on all aspects of spiccato playing.



ESSSENTIAL BASS GUITAR TECHNIQUES
ESSENTIAL BASS
GUITAR TECHNIQUES

Carefully crafted exercises and inspiring musical examples.



VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
10 hits from Earth, Wind & Fire and their dynamic bass player.


SLAM STEWART
SLAM STEWART
134 arco solos from the master of the bowed bass solo, recorded between 1934 and 1952.



HEARING BASS LINES
HEARING
BASS LINES
Develop this vital skill. Three-part bundle for beginning through advanced players.


ADVANCED ROCK BASS LINES
ADVANCED ROCK
BASS LINES

Mark Michell presents his progressive techniques for 4-, 5- and 6-string bass.
JOHN BENITEZ BASS METHOD
JOHN BENITEZ
BASS METHOD

"Freedom in the Clave: a Rhythmic Approach to Bass Playing."




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

FLEA'S ADVICE FOR BASS PLAYERS

FLEA ON BASS PLAYERS "Create the atmosphere for everyone else to be beautiful. You're giving the ground that everyone else dances upon."

YouTube has lots of instructive clips from Flea, the slappin' and poppin' bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers. In this one, he gives his best advice to bass players, saying your job is to listen, support and provide a foundation.

Great advice, honestly presented.

"Listening to everyone else is the most important thing you can ever do."

See all our titles featuring Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers 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.



BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Player Dr. Randall Kertz helps you avoid and manage physical problems.

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also see the
-ONLINE COURSE-
Tony Oppenheim's seminal book and online course on slap technique.


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


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-

The fretless-bass work of this legendary session player
CARL RADLE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
CARL RADLE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Bass lines from 14 hits of the '60s and '70s, played by this under-recognized star.



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2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015

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

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 26:
SLOW IT DOWN


The Magic of Muscle Memory

Here’s something most bassists never think about: Whenever you play, your muscles create every sound that comes out of your instrument. If your muscles don’t perform perfectly, you get wrong notes, imprecise rhythms, and poor tone. But, you can’t consciously think about the movements your muscles make. Your thoughts need to be on more important things. So, your muscles must be able to do their job without receiving conscious commands from your brain.

The good news is that your muscles have a memory system of their own. Muscle memory lets you execute precise sequences of actions automatically. When the muscles learn a musical passage correctly, you will perform that music without thinking about it.

One thing is clear though. Don’t teach your muscles mistakes.
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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
BassBooks.com offers a vast collection of videos, lessons and transcriptions, absolutely free, for the benefit of the bass-playing community.

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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
Locked Out of Heaven
from Bruno Mars


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

This is the rhythmically playful bass line played by Nick Movshon. The song is off Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox album of 2012.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Reinforcing Your Knowledge of the Fretboard


Jaime shares an easy exercise he learned from Joe Satriani.


MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
Two-Octave
Z-Angle Scales


In this video lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, shows you how to apply the Z Angle to efficiently play two-octave scales on a 4-string bass.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 44
The Modal System Up Close: Locrian


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Locrian Mode.

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