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BASS BOOKS newly added to our catalog

PENTATONIC SCALES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
PENTATONIC SCALES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

Enrich your playing with effective use of the most common scales in all styles of music.



LOUIS JOHNSON BASS MASTER CLASS
LOUIS JOHNSON
BASS
MASTER CLASS
Download or stream classic bass instruction videos while following transcriptions in a new book.


BOSTON: FIRST ALBUM BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOSTON: FIRST ALBUM
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

All nine songs from their debut album, with the deft, signature mix of hard rock rhythms and complex harmonies. Transcribed by Eric Beaulé.


POP PUNK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
POP PUNK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF
Here's a fat collection of 16 songs from 16 bands that balanced fringe attitude with mainstream appeal. Transcribed by Aidan Hampson.



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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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
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--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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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 61:
PLAY YOUR BASS, DON'T WORK IT


Putting the Play Back in Playing Music

Work conjures up scenes of drudgery. People can be unfulfilled or unhappy at work. These feelings should never exist when you play music. After all, it’s built into our language: You “play” the bass; you don’t “work” it.

When you are playing bass, there should always be an element of delight involved. Think of little kids on a playground. They’re unconscious of time, responsibilities, or what comes next. They’re just playing.

You have an opportunity to be like those children when you practice, rehearse, and perform. Sure, you want to make forward progress. But, sometimes this progress is best achieved by letting go.
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SECRET 62:
CREATE CONSEQUENCES FOR MISSING GOALS


Using the Ultimate Motivation Tool

Are you ready to devote yourself to your musical goals? Want to truly make changes in your levels of concentration and focus while you play the bass? If so, here is a foolproof method to motivate you to do everything possible to achieve your goals:

Punishment.

Okay, maybe punishment is too strong a word. You can call it a consequence or very serious penalty. Either way, it will be waiting for you if you don’t carry out your musical plan.

Try this: First, create your practice goal. Then, come up with a consequence if you don’t meet the goal by a specific deadline. This penalty needs to be something that you can’t imagine happening. Now you’ve come to a crucial step.
(Read more)

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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC DECEMBER 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 Getting Ready for the Gig on Wednesday, December 26. 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
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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
More Than a Feeling
from Boston


Tom Scholz wrote this hit and played the bass (and most other instruments) on the band's first album, "Boston," released in 1976.

See bass line transcriptions for all nine songs on Boston's debut album in Eric Beaulé's ebook:

BOSTON: FIRST ALBUM BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 3


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, examines multiple variations on the rhythm of the triplet.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 77
Double Octave Mixolydian Mode


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses and demonstrates the double octave Mixolydian mode, showing horizontal movement on the fretboard.