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NEW BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS
Prolific British transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has been missing from our catalog for a while, but he returns with a fresh lineup of great collections. Which ones make you want to play?

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.



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


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.


PAUL SIMON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PAUL SIMON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines to 12 of this prolific songwriting talent's great works.


ESSENTIAL COVER BAND SONGS VOL. 1
ESSENTIAL
COVER BAND SONGS
VOL. 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here's help with some of the songs that audiences always seem to request.
ESSENTIAL COVER BAND SONGS VOL. 2
ESSENTIAL
COVER BAND SONGS
VOL. 2
-EBOOK/PDF-

More help with some of the songs that audiences always seem to request.



THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER'S BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEATLES:
SGT PEPPER'S BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Paul McCartney's bass lines from one of the most important albums of all time.
BOB DYLAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOB DYLAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

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




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.


VICTOR WOOTEN "Although many musicians agree music is a language, it is rarely treated as such."

In a deeply impressive TED ED video five-time GRAMMY® winner Victor Wooten uses his own astonishing bass playing to highlight his view that music should be learned the same way a child absorbs language: by using it, every day, in close contact with "experts," and making lots of mistakes.

"Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week."

See all our titles featuring Victor Wooten.


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

HEARING CHORD PROGRESSIONS
HEARING CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

If you want to hear chord changes better and understand how they function in a key center, this course is ideal. Extensive audio samples.



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.


MEGADETH BASS PLAY-ALONG
MEGADETH BASS
PLAY-ALONG

A great way to learn and play your favorites: read the TAB, follow along with the full audio, then play with the backing tracks.
ROCK BASS BASICS
ROCK BASS
BASICS

Basic technique and the classic rock grooves every player needs to know. Get off to a solid start.



ESSENTIAL GROOVES
ESSENTIAL
GROOVES
A must-have reference on contemporary styles for anyone writing, performing or producing music.


JAMES JAMERSON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES JAMERSON
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest bassists.


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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.

PAUL SIMON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PAUL SIMON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Amazing bassists have played on his songs. Here are the lines for 12 hits.
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.



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


LELAND SKLAR BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
LELAND SKLAR BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


Here are nine favorites from one of the most recorded bass players ever.



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.

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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 29:
FIGURE OUT FINGERINGS FIRST


Making Left Hand Decisions Affects Everything Else

Before you can add all the elements of a song that make it exciting to listen to, you’ve got to play the correct notes with the correct fingers. Left hand fingering on the bass is particularly challenging. Fret spacing in the lower positions is huge, riffs can be played on different strings, and nearly every note on the bass is available at multiple locations on the fretboard.

Start with some experimentation to figure out your fingerings. With each new song you will find yourself in a discovery phase.
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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
With a Little Help From My Friends
from The Beatles


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

Here's the prominent and memorable bass line Paul McCartney plays under Ringo's lead vocal. The song is off the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album of 1967.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Tapping the Bossa Nova


Jaime demonstrates how to tap the clave while grooving the bossa nova.


JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 10
The Minor Pentatonic Scale


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, examines the highly useful Minor Pentatonic scale.

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