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NEW BASS PLAY-ALONG BOOKS ADDED TO OUR CATALOG

The Bass Play-Along series from Hal Leonard is truly the way to learn great songs. The audio download lets you hear the bass line as you follow on the page (both standard notation and TAB, with melody, lyrics and chords) and then you play the part to the separate backing track. You can even slow the tempo without changing pitch. Very cool.

QUEEN BASS PLAY-ALONG
QUEEN
BASS
PLAY-ALONG

From stadium anthems to a hit movie, Queen was a mega-band. Here are bass lines for 8 great songs, with the Play-Along audio download.



STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN BASS PLAY-ALONG
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
BASS
PLAY-ALONG
Stevie Ray Vaughan was a most influential guitarist-songwriter of the '80s blues revival. Here are bass lines for 8 great songs, with the Play-Along audio download.


METALLLICA BASS PLAY-ALONG
METALLICA 1991-2016
BASS
PLAY-ALONG

Among the founders of thrash metal, Metallica has been bashing it out for nearly 40 years. Here are bass lines for 8 great songs, with the Play-Along audio download.



THE BEATLES BASS PLAY-ALONG
THE BEATLES
BASS
PLAY-ALONG
The most influential music group in history created lots of songs you should know how to play. Here are bass lines for 8 of them, with the Play-Along audio download.


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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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BERNARD EDWARDS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
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.



BRITPOP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
BRITPOP
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Britpop was a lighter, brighter reaction to the darkness of '90s grunge. Here are bass lines for 13 songs from various groups of the movement.


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.



ART POP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
ART POP
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Creative invention crops up all over pop music. Here are bass lines for 14 innovative songs from 14 unique bands.


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.


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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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.



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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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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 65:
NOTICE WHAT YOU DO WELL


Don't Waste Time Worrying

Do you recognize your accomplishments and feel good about them? Or, do you focus only on your musical problems?

It’s important to know which aspects of your playing need improvement. After all, every bassist wants to be better. But, it’s equally important to notice progress you’ve made.

Don’t become one of those bassists who plays an amazing concert but leaves the stage feeling down. Thousands of notes played perfectly, yet they focus all their thoughts and energies on the two notes they missed. That is not healthy. And, it’s not a good use of your time.

A balanced approach is better. Remember that music (like life itself) always has room for improvement but needs to be enjoyed today.
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SECRET 66:
SET UP A PLEASANT PRACTICE SPACE


Personalizing This Important Area

If you dread walking into the room where you practice, you’ll never go in there. It’s better if you’re comfortable where you play bass. You’ve got to practice regularly, and you can’t have any hesitation about beginning a practice session. Wanting to go to your practice room is especially important if you are a procrastinator. Make your practice space interesting and inviting so you’ve eliminated one barrier to practicing every day.

Granted, some rooms are nicer than others. If you’re stuck practicing in the attic or basement, even after you clean up the cobwebs, you’ll still be dealing with exposed pipes and low ceilings. Having only a corner of a room to use for playing bass is also challenging. You can’t let situations like these get you down. There are always ways to make your practice area more inviting.
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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC February 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 Advanced Bass Playing on Tuesday, February 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.



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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
Cool Blues Solo in C


Bass Play-Along video


This bright and lively bass solo uses chord tones and works the upper reaches of the fretboard.

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JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
The Eights


Jaime demonstrates "pumpin' eights," the common rock cluster of eight fast notes.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 4


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, uses the triplet to create a shuffle rhythm.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 2
Arpeggiated Major Chords


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, presents the basics for playing major chords on the bass.