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BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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BEST OF DIRE STRAITS FOR BASS
NEW!
BEST OF
DIRE STRAITS
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The London rockers were a huge act from the late '70s into the mid '90s. Here are bass lines for 11 of their hits.



MARVIN GAYE BASS
NEW!
MARVIN GAYE
BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 12 beloved hits from one of the pioneers of the Motown sound.


GREATEST STUDIO BASS PLAYERS, VOL. 1
NEW!
GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS, VOL. 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

A dozen popular hit-song bass lines laid down by the very best.
GREATEST STUDIO BASS PLAYERS, VOL. 2
NEW!
GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS, VOL. 2
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 12 more bass lines recorded by the legendary studio masters.


BEST OF NATHAN EAST FOR  BASS
BEST OF
NATHAN EAST
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 12 tracks that show Nathan's adeptness over many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk and blues.


ABBA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
ABBA BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 12 of ABBA's hits, as played by Rutger Gunnarsson and Mike Watson.


TOTO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOTO BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Bass lines for 13 hits, featuring bassists David Hungate and Mike Porcaro.


BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
A dozen big hits featuring the driving, funky bass lines played by John Taylor.


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ONLINE TECHNIQUE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ CLINIC MAY 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 MASTERING THE POWER OF TECHNIQUE on Monday, May 28. 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 - BASS IMPROVISATION
Creating on the fly is one of bass playing's great pleasures. But it doesn't just happen. Study the principles and patterns that make improvisation work, and you'll improve your musicianship. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

BASS IMPROVISATION
BASS
IMPROVISATION

A guide to improvisation over jazz tunes. Advanced techniques for accomplished players


BEYOND TIME AND CHANGES
BEYOND TIME
AND CHANGES
Hal Crook offers a methodology to guide the advancing improviser through the uncharted musical territory of free jazz.


JAZZ BASS IMPROVISATION
JAZZ BASS
IMPROVISATION

Discover new ways to advance your skills through systematic practice, chord/scale studies, and innovative theory.


JIMMY HASLIP: MODERN IMPROVISATION FOR BASS
JIMMY HASLIP:
MODERN IMPROVISATION
FOR BASS
This inspirational resource for jazz and fusion musicians expands the possibilities of creative expression.


THE IMPROVISOR'S BASS METHOD
THE IMPROVISOR'S
BASS METHOD

A complete method book with over 200 pages of information and exercises on all aspects of bass playing.



PATTERNS FOR IMPROVISATION, BASS CLEF
PATTERNS FOR
IMPROVISATION

This broad collection of 81 different improvisational patterns covers a full array of meters and feels.


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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.

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources.


STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOL. 2
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOL. 2
-EBOOK/PDF-

Can't get enough of Stevie. Here's another collection of bass lines for 11 hits.


STU COOK, CCR BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STU COOK, CCR
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 15 of Creedence Clearwater Revival's big hits



SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS
Ron Velosky's excellent work gives any player a solid sight-reading foundation.


BERRY OAKLEY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The Allman Brothers' gifted bassist is a model for developing players.

BEST OF THE EAGLES FOR BASS
BEST OF
THE EAGLES
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 13 hits from this true American-original band.



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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 47:
PLAY BY EAR


The Importance of Playing What Your Hear

Jazz, pop, and rock bassists play by ear on a regular basis. But, you may still rely on charts, tab, and video instruction to learn most songs. Playing by ear offers you many benefits, including memorizing music more quickly, matching the phrasing of other musicians, learning new genres of music, and strengthening your ensemble skills.

In your practice room, listen to a recording and try these techniques:

1. Play the bass lines you hear. Do more than focus on pitch. Pay special attention to matching the rhythms and octaves accurately.

2. Listen to the melody. Find its first note on your bass. Play as much of the melody as you can. Playing the first phrase may take several attempts; it’s normal for this process to be challenging!
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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.

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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
Record Year
by Eric Church

This is the bass line for Eric Church's popular Record Year, off the Mr. Misunderstood album of 2015.

See lots more Eric Church bass lines in Eric Beaulé's ebook:

ERIC CHURCH BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1:2 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 4


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, defines syncopation and notates a syncopated rhythm three different ways.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 65
Chords


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, takes an up-close look at chords, showing their shapes, strumming patterns, fingerpicking, and arpeggios.



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