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

JACO PASTORIUS BASS PLAY-ALONG
JACO PASTORIUS
BASS
PLAY-ALONG

8 great songs with TAB, plus audio download with full band and backing tracks.

THE BASS BOOK
THE BASS
BOOK

Updated edition: a beautiful illustrated history of the bass guitar from the 1950s to the present.

HOW TO CREATE ROCK BASS LINES
HOW TO
CREATE ROCK
BASS LINES

Explore common beats, strong chord progressions and vital techniques.

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN THE
SHADOWS OF
MOTOWN

The tumultuous life and musical brilliance of James Jamerson, in honest interviews, 49 transcriptions, two hours of performance and rarely seen photos.


THE EAGLES BASS PLAY-ALONG
THE EAGLES:
BASS
PLAY-ALONG

Learn eight of the super-group's favorite hits by playing along, then take over the part using the separate backing tracks.

BASS GRIMOIRE, COMPLETE
BASS
GRIMOIRE,
COMPLETE

A pro reference tool with thousands of diagrams, charts, illustrations and fretboard patterns, plus concise theory.

RAY BROWN, LEGENDARY JAZZ  BASSISTS
RAY BROWN,
LEGENDARY
JAZZ BASSIST

A fine tribute to this champion of the upright bass, with 18 transcriptions, performance notes and photos.
JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO: THE
DOCUMENTARY
-DVD-

-Blu-Ray-
Simply the best treatment there is of the wondrous, tragic life of Jaco Pastorius.
HARMONIC ANALYSIS
HARMONIC
ANALYSIS

Advance your composition and soloing skills by understanding harmony and chord relationships. Course includes 48 HD videos.


HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.

ENRICO GALETTA'S SLAP-BASS MEDLEY FROM GAME OF THRONES

ENRICO GALETTA

Are you a "Game of Thrones" fan? Bassist, author and instructor Enrico Galetta is, and he was attracted to the main theme and another track, "The Children," in the series' dramatic musical score by Ramin Djawadi.

Enico recounts, "So because I had these two pieces stuck in my head, I challenged myself merging both and playing it with two different slap voices."

The result is this impressive You Tube clip. Should make us all want to practice more! And read Enrico's book.


From Enrico Galetta:

GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES



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TOP SELLERS OF THE YEAR
These best-sellers were favorites among our player-customers in 2016. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
And the
-ONLINE COURSE-
151 exercises to learn to play and read slap basslines.


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
46 classical pieces arranged for electric bass, with audio tracks.

SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE
BASS

A durable standard for sight reading. Starts at a basic level and progresses quickly.

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
VOLUME 1

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
First in a three-volume set, includes audio tracks.
BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Comprehensive reference on understanding, treating and preventing health problems from playing the bass.
BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The great blues-rock lines from 12 of Bad Company's hits, as played by Raymond "Boz" Burrell.


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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 16:
HIRE A TEACHER YOU TRUST


Getting the Guidance You Need

Successful people surround themselves with experts. Businesspeople have mentors. Athletes work with coaches and trainers. Presidents employ policy advisors.

All bassists should follow these examples by hiring a bass teacher. Your lesson teacher will serve many functions for you:

· Give you feedback on your technique and sound.
· Show you the best fingerings to use.
· Help you decide what music to learn.
· Keep you motivated when the going gets tough.
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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, purely 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 BEAULE-www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Jaco Patorius' Bass Solo
on All American Alien Boy




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

All American Alien Boy is an Ian Hunter song on the 1976 album of the same name. Jaco's solo on this track is legendary.

   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ-www.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
Learning the Melody

Jaime explains how first learning to play a song's melody on your bass is key to developing great basslines and solos.

   
JOHN FALSTROM - www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 42
The Modal System Up Close:
The Mixolydian Mode


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Mixolydian Mode as part of his series on getting Up Close with the Modal System.
 
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