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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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DREAM THEATER, METROPOLIS PT. 2 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
DREAM THEATER
METROPOLIS PT. 2
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The proggressive metal band's epic first concept album was a theatrical masterpiece.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The best-selling jazz album of all time, from one of the towering figures in American jazz.


TOTO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOTO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Jazz-influenced harmonies and soaring melodies characterize their hits. Here are 13 of them.



THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEATLES:
SGT PEPPER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
One of the best albums ever, Paul McCartney’s bass lines are melodic, inventive and great fun to play.


FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Ol' Blue Eyes was one of the 20th century's most popular singers. Here are bass lines for 11 of his beloved songs.



BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 12 of the band’s greatest hits, highlighting the driving, funky style of John Taylor.


JAMES BROWN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES BROWN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

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.



BERNARD EDWARDS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERNARD EDWARDS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

With his own band, Chic, and numerous marquis stars, Bernard Edwards wrote, played and produced great hits. Here are his bass lines for 14 of them.



STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME 1
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

The creative genius of Stevie Wonder lives in these bass lines from 13 of his big 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.


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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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Eric Beaulé

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CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME I
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME I
-EBOOK/PDF-

These 15 iconic hits helped define the classic era of rock music.



CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME II
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 17 more classic hits that left their mark on modern rock.


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

Accurate 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-
This collection of 10 songs takes a look at the early bass work of this legendary session player.


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

A collection of 15 classic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival, as played by bassist Stu Cook.

TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 15 favorite songs from this humble, genuine guy and his Heartbreakers.


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BASS BOOKS for all reasons

BERKLEE JAZZ BASS
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JAZZ
titles

The scope and styles of Jazz span the entire range of human emotions. Studying it is a commitment, playing it is a joy.



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.


CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
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CHORD STUDIES
titles

The bass guitar is under-exploited as a chordal instrument, but it works for everything from jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs.



JACO - THE EXTRAORDINARY AND TRAGIC LIFE OF JACO PASTORIUS
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JACO PASTORIOUS
titles

This brilliant talent revolutionized his instrument and became one of the most potent and compelling forces in jazz.


THE LATIN BASS BOOK - A PRACTICAL GUIDE
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LATIN
titles

Authentic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles are rich with expression and history.



THE FUNKMASTERS: THE GREAT JAMES BROWN RHYTHM SECTIONS, 1960-1973
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JAMES BROWN
titles

For 50 hard, fast years, the Godfather of Soul contributed to the development of rap, disco and funk.


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.



BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK
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FRETBOARD STUDIES
titles

Keep enriching your mental map of the fretboard, and enhancing your dexterity in navigating it.


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.



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 71:
PRACTICE WHENEVER YOU CAN


Taking Advantage of Limited Time

Many bassists feel that they won’t accomplish their goals without extraordinary amounts of uninterrupted practice time. They think, “If I can’t play for two or three hours straight, it’s not worth getting started.”

But, let’s look at reality: If you’ll only practice when you have hours of free time, you’ll never get around to playing the bass at all.

It’s good to re-think your practicing strategy.
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SECRET 72:
COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE LONG TERM


Appreciating the Life-Long Pursuit of Musical Goals

As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Many bass players think there will be a point in life when they will “arrive.” In this imaginary future, they envision playing bass easily and effortlessly. The practicing will be over, and they’ll be able to play brilliantly without doing any work.

Here’s the reality: Every musical accomplishment will lead to a new set of aspirations. To rise to these challenges you’ll still want to practice, focus on your craft, and continue your artistic growth. Each day you’ll make a new practice list, spend a short amount of your limited time working through that list, and do your best to meet your goals.

Always having goals leads to a strange conundrum.
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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC MAY 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 on MUSIC AS A LIFESTYLE on Tuesday, May 28. Time will be 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
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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 a
Boopin' Blues Solo in G

Bass Play-Along video

This is a lively and rhythmic line that's fun to play, sounds great, and exercises your sense of the beat.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Perfect Intervals


Jaime starts an analytical study of intervals, beginning with the perfect intervals.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Major Pentatonic
Cross Correlations


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, introduces the sixteenth-note triplet in a 1:6 rhythm ratio.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 7
Seventh Chords in Major Keys

John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates the 7th chord patterns and shapes for major keys, using the D Major scale in this example.





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