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BASS BOOKS newly added to our catalog

JAMES BROWN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES BROWN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS

The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business created hundreds of ground-breaking songs. Here are bass lines for 12 of them.



ART POP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
ART POP
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
Creative invention crops up all over pop music. Here are bass lines for 14 innovative songs from 14 unique bands.



BASS BOOKS for all reasons

EAGLES BASS PLAY-ALONG
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EAGLES
titles

The Eagles reigned as one of our best and most popular rock bands, true American originals.



STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOL 2
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STEVIE WONDER
titles

The creative genius of Stevie Wonder lives in the bass lines of his many big hit songs.


STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
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JAMES JAMERSON
titles

Some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest players: Jamerson played on a massive number of hits from a wide range of artists.


BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
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CLASSICAL MUSIC
titles

A bass guitar is capable of melody as well as accompaniment. Studying classical compositions expands your skills on many fronts.


NATHAN EAST, THE BUSINESS OF BASS
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NATHAN EAST
titles

A vast wealth of material shows Nathan's easy facility with many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk and blues.


SIGHT READING FOR BASS
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SIGHT READING
titles

Not only is Sight Reading an immensely practical skill, but studying it develops (or revitalizes) your understanding of many aspects of music.



BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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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.


BEST OF RADIOHEAD BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
RADIOHEAD BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 16 great songs from this long-running British rock group.



NEW WAVE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW WAVE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Wild and colorful '80s and '90s bands created a unique evolution of Punk. Here's a fat 66-page collection of hits.


BEST OF BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF BOMBAY
BICYCLE CLUB
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
They're a genre-bending indie rock band. Here are bass lines for 11 big songs.


FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Ol' Blue Eyes was one of the most popular singers ever. Here are bass lines for 11 of his iconic hits.


BRUNO MARS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BRUNO MARS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 13 songs from the singer-songwriter who works in a broad range of styles.


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.


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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

BEGINNERS / BANDS / ARTISTS
EBOOKS / TRANSCRIPTIONS

BASSBOOKS.COM EXCLUSIVES
These special items are available only from BassBooks.com. Click for details, sample pages and prices. (See all titles published exclusively by BassBooks.com)


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.


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.


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, Vol. 1
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS,
VOLUME I
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive compilation of 46 classical music pieces arranged for the bass guitar by Mike Cornelison.


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, Vol. 2
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS,
VOLUME II

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Mike Cornelison does it again with this collection of 60 of the greatest classical pieces ever attempted on the electric bass.


BEAST OF THE BASS
THE BEAST
OF THE BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Here are 18 of Steve Harris' heavy metal bass lines from Iron Maiden's first five albums.



FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FRETBOARD
ALCHEMY FOR
4-, 5-, and 6-STRING BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
This comprehensive study strips away all the fluff associated with scale theory and brings it up to date with style.


THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET
CONCEPT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Improvising over the fundamental 2-5-1 Jazz progression, with the structure of 99 examples explained.

ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
APREGGIO
WOODSHEDDING

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive study covering the 60 most important arpeggios encountered in modern music.
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.



FRETBOARD ARCANUM
FRETBOARD
ARCANUM

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
A comprehensive method written to help bassists with their "vertical" soloing skills.


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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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 63:
SCHEDULE YOUR PRACTICING


Giving Your Bass the Place of Importance It Deserves

Is playing the bass as important as other activities in your life? Work, school, lessons, volunteer activities, and sports leagues all have one thing in common. They run on a schedule. Without the schedule, they stop functioning.

If playing bass is important to you, then practicing should be on your calendar. Music takes up only a brief part of your day and should be incredibly easy to schedule. Everyone has small holes of available time. Fit your practicing into these spaces. Your life will be much easier if you know exactly when you’re going to practice.

How you do your scheduling is up to you. You may find it simplest to practice at the same time each day.
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SECRET 64:
DON'T GET FRUSTRATED


Expecting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When you practice, you often work on music you can’t control yet. Practicing is about taking unfamiliar musical information and slowly working it into something familiar.

Unfortunately, tackling unfamiliar topics is frustrating for most people, and bassists are no exception. Frustration caused by the unfamiliar is normal and should be expected to arise during practicing. If frustration is expected, then you won’t let it get the best of you. Instead of feeling stymied and angry—which slows down or even stops forward progress—you will be able to detach yourself from your negative feelings.

When you feel the slightest bit of frustration, recognize what is happening and stop it from overwhelming you.
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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC JANUARY 2019

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 called No Boundaries on Tuesday, January 29. 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


FREE STUFF
BassBooks.com offers a vast collection of videos, lessons and transcriptions, absolutely free, for the benefit of the bass-playing community.

Click here to see all Free Stuff available.
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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
Blues Solo in B
à la "Red House"


Bass Play-Along video


Here's a fun 12-bar Blues bass solo in the style of the classic blues song "Red House." It uses the Blues scale, the minor pentatonic scale with the ♭5th added.

Check out the play-along video demo.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
The 32nd Note


Jaime looks at the super-quick 32nd note.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 70
EADG 4 Jam #1


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates some fine free-form improvisation that will inspire any player.