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NEW BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS
Prolific British transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has been missing from our catalog for a while, but he returns with a fresh lineup of great collections. Which ones make you want to play?

ELVIS FOR BASS
BEST OF ELVIS
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The King created rock history, gave us memorable hits and played with some great bassists.



LELAND SKLAR BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
LELAND SKLAR
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Nine popular hits from one of the most recorded bass players ever.


BEST OF NATHAN EAST FOR BASS
BEST OF
NATHAN EAST
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

These tracks showcase Nathan East's versatility across styles and genres.


PAUL SIMON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PAUL SIMON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines to 12 of this prolific songwriting talent's great works.


ESSENTIAL COVER BAND SONGS VOL. 1
ESSENTIAL
COVER BAND SONGS
VOL. 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here's help with some of the songs that audiences always seem to request.
ESSENTIAL COVER BAND SONGS VOL. 2
ESSENTIAL
COVER BAND SONGS
VOL. 2
-EBOOK/PDF-

More help with some of the songs that audiences always seem to request.



THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER'S BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEATLES:
SGT PEPPER'S BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Paul McCartney's bass lines from one of the most important albums of all time.
BOB DYLAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BOB DYLAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

America's minstrel has created some great songs. Here are bass lines to 12.




HAPPENINGS
Here's what has caught our attention lately.


VICTOR WOOTEN "Although many musicians agree music is a language, it is rarely treated as such."

In a deeply impressive TED ED video five-time GRAMMY® winner Victor Wooten uses his own astonishing bass playing to highlight his view that music should be learned the same way a child absorbs language: by using it, every day, in close contact with "experts," and making lots of mistakes.

"Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week."

See all our titles featuring Victor Wooten.


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

BEST OF TOWER OF POWER FOR BASS
BEST OF
TOWER OF POWER
FOR BASS

Here are 15 funky favorites for bassists from the horn-heavy Oakland soulsters.



GARRY TALLENT BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
GARRY TALLENT
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The dynamic lines that stand out in the busy setting of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.


LEARN ROCK BASS, INTERMEDIATE
LEARN ROCK BASS
INTERMEDIATE
-DVD-

Develop and create your own bass style, with drum and guitar backing tracks.


THE TRUE CUBAN BASS
THE TRUE
CUBAN BASS
Acoustic or electric, improve your partnership with the Latin rhythm section.


GIANTS OF BASS
GIANTS OF
BASS

Dissect the individual approaches of Bass masters such as Mark King, Flea, John Paul Jones and Jaco Pastorius.
MAKE IT FUNKY
MAKE IT FUNKY
A celebratory investigation of the classic funk era, 1965-1980. Includes full-accompaniment CD.



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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.

BERRY OAKLEY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 12 songs by The Allman Brothers' great bassist.
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.



VERDINE WHITE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
VERDINE WHITE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Bass lines for 10 Earth, Wind & Fire hits, which stood out without clashing in this "busy" band.


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


Bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best, taken from nine of his albums



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

Accurate transcriptions of 15 hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival.



BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Player Dr. Randall Kertz helps you avoid and manage physical problems.

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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 28:
BEGIN WITH THE BASICS


Mastering the Skills that Matter Most

Let’s say you’ve been driving for many years. Even with all that experience and time behind the wheel, you still couldn’t compete in the Indianapolis 500. Professional drivers have mastered a set of specific, insider skills that you don’t know.

The same is true with music. What makes great bassists great is their focus on specific, technical skills that let them control tone, rhythm, dynamics, time, and the feel. The insiders in the music world know that real virtuosity comes from mastering these Basics of Music. It’s not about how many notes you can play per second.

You may want to skip the Basics when you play bass, concentrating instead only on the fun stuff, like learning a new song or playing something you already know. Here’s the problem with that approach: You need the Basics to learn new material in the first place!
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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
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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
I Saw Her Standing There
from The Beatles


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

Many of the transcriptions you might find of this playful favorite miss the variety and detail in Paul McCartney's bass lines. The song is off the Please Please Me album of 1963.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
15 Bass Clef Key Signatures


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, invites you to take a more detailed look at the evolution of key signatures.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 47
Applying the Modal System to Blues Rock


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, goes deep on how to use the Modal System in playing Blues Rock.

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