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NEW BASS BOOKS

MANAGING YOUR BAND
NEW!
MANAGING
YOUR BAND-

DIY musicians and aspiring managers, this thick book can help you make a buck.



SCALES AND MODES FOR THE BASS
NEW!
SCALES AND MODES
FOR THE BASS
A comprehensive learning experience with an informative book and DVD lessons so you watch and learn.



BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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BEST OF ED SHEERAN FOR BASS
NEW!
BEST OF
ED SHEERAN
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 11 popular songs from this multi-talented young English singer-songwriter.



PROG BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
PROG BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Progressive Rock is a hotbed of creative energy, and it shows in these 11 bass lines.


GREEN DAY: DOOKIE
GREN DAY:
DOOKIE
-EBOOK/PDF-

Mike Dirnt's lines on all 14 songs on the band's breakout album of 1994.
BRUNO MARS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BRUNO MARS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This singer-songwriter works in a range of styles. Here are bass lines for 13 songs.


MARVIN GAYE BASS
MARVIN GAYE
BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

He was one of the pioneers of the Motown sound. Here are bass lines for 12 beloved hits.


FRANK SINATRA YOU TUBE TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This iconic singer insisted on recording live with his band. Here are bass lines for 11 favorites.


'70s FUNK BASS
'70s FUNK BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The 1970s were Funk Heaven: Isaac Hayes, Kool & the Gang, the Commodores. Here are bass lines for 11 hits.


'70s SOUL BASS
'70s SOUL BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The bass played a huge role in the evolving Soul sound. Here are bass lines for 12 iconic hits.


See all Aidan Hampson bass transcription ebooks

ONLINE TECHNIQUE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC AUGUST 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 EXPLORING ALTERNATE TUNINGS on Tuesday, August 28. 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


NOTABLES - WALKING BASS LINES
Flavor Jazz with the free swing of happily strolling along: that's the infectious feel of Walking Bass Lines. Click for details, sample pages and prices.

THE ART OF WALKING BASS
THE ART OF
WALKING BASS

A comprehensive resource for building melodic walking lines in a variety of styles.


EXPANDING WALKING BASS LINES
EXPANDING WALKING
BASS LINES

Takes some more advanced techniques and incorporates them into a jazz context.


WALKIN
WALKIN
Also check out the
-COMPANION DVD-
A broad examination of walking bass technique, including over 60 examples of chord progressions.


WALKING BASSLINES
WALKING BASSLINES
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
Aimed at the beginning to intermediate jazz player looking to build lines and solos.


WALKING BASS
WALKING BASS
This collection of patterns helps the player develop the foundation for good walking bass playing.


WALKING JAZZ LINES FOR BASS
WALKING JAZZ
LINES FOR BASS
A comprehensive guide to understanding bass line patterns, and creating walking lines for a range of styles.


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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.

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also check out the
-ONLINE COURSE-

The standard text for learning to play and read slap-bass styles. Accompanying online course also available.


PAUL SIMON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PAUL SIMON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This is a special collection of bass lines for 12 favorite songs, as played by an amazing array of bassists.


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

He managed to be distinctive, even within the Allman Brothers big, full sound.



TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
One of the great ones: Here are bass lines to 15 of his biggest hits.


SIGHT READING PRACTICE MATERIAL FOR BASS
SIGHT READING
PRACTICE MATERIAL
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Loads of material in a range of styles, to prepare the player to cold-read anything.

FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS VOL. 2
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
A fabulous collection of favorites from one of the great entertainers of his time.



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 53:
KNOW WHY YOU'RE PRACTICING


Keeping Sight of the Big Picture

The strategies in this book explain why simply playing through songs over and over will never make your bass playing effective. Instead, you focus on the small, musical details that actually need your attention. Each of these details—such as Tough Stuff, transitions, tone production, and technique—needs to be dealt with efficiently. To be efficient you decide what can realistically get done today. Then, you dive in and start working on just those few, chosen items.

There’s just one problem with all this focus: You can lose sight of why you’re really playing the bass!

The real reason for all your hard work is to achieve your musical dreams. These long-term musical goals served as the inspiration for playing bass in the first place.
(Read more)


See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.


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

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


Bass Transcription of
Tennessee Whiskey
from Chris Stapleton


This is the bass line as played by J.T. Cure on the Chris Stapleton hit, off his 2015 album, Traveller.

See more great country hits in Eric Beaulé's ebook:

NEW COUNTRY FAVORITES FOR BASS.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1:4 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 3


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, gets a little deeper into the 1:4 rhythm ratio by looking closely at dotted eighth notes.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
What Is a Bass Riff?


Jaime explains and demonstrates the many definitions for this commonly used term.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 79
Setting Up Your
Bass Guitar


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, presents the tools and techniques to adjust your bass so it plays and sounds its best.