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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Eric Beaulé

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CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME I
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME I
-EBOOK/PDF-

These 15 iconic hits helped define the classic era of rock music.



CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II
NEW
CLASSIC ROCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME II
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 17 more classic hits that left their mark on modern rock.


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

Accurate bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best, taken from nine of his albums.



PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This collection of 10 songs takes a look at the early bass work of this legendary session player.


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

A collection of 15 classic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival, as played by bassist Stu Cook.

TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 15 favorite songs from this humble, genuine guy and his Heartbreakers.


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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Ol' Blue Eyes was one of the 20th century's most popular singers. Here are bass lines for 11 of his beloved songs.



BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are 12 of the band’s greatest hits, highlighting the driving, funky style of John Taylor.


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.


STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME 1
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME 1
-EBOOK/PDF-

The creative genius of Stevie Wonder lives in these bass lines from 13 of his big hits.



STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME 2
STEVIE WONDER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
VOLUME 2
-EBOOK/PDF-
The hits just keep on coming. Here are 11 more favorites from Stevie Wonder.


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.


BERNARD EDWARDS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
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
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.


TOTO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOTO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Jazz-influenced harmonies and soaring melodies characterize their hits. Here are 13 of them.



THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEATLES:
SGT PEPPER
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
One of the best albums ever, Paul McCartney’s bass lines are melodic, inventive and great fun to play.


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NEW BASS BOOKS ADDED TO OUR CATALOG

Here's the perfect way to improve your playing and master the works of these Giants of Jazz. The Real Book Multi-Track Play-Along series books present 10 great songs from each artist, with lead sheets for bass clef as well as for C, B♭ and E♭ instruments.

The audio-video download is highly flexible. You see your transcription page with a moving marker, and in additon to changing tempo (without changing pitch), you can customize the mix of bass, drums, guitar, piano and horn with on-off buttons for each instrument. It's a fun and highly effective learning tool.

SONNY ROLLINS MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
SONNY ROLLINS
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG

The amazing Sonny Rollins, "the greatest living improvisor," has recorded more than 60 albums.



MILES DAVIS MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
MILES DAVIS
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
Trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Miles Davis influenced the evolution of the genre like few players.


THELONIOUS MONK MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
THELONIOUS MONK
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG

Thelonious Monk used dissonance, sharp attacks and melodic twists in a unique improvisational style.



CHARLIE PARKER MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
CHARLIE PARKER
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
Charlie Parker had lightning-fast sax technique, and found unexpected chord substitutions and harmonies.



BASS BOOKS for all reasons

BERKLEE JAZZ BASS
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JAZZ
titles

The scope and styles of Jazz span the entire range of human emotions. Studying it is a commitment, playing it is a joy.



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.


CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
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CHORD STUDIES
titles

The bass guitar is under-exploited as a chordal instrument, but it works for everything from jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs.



JACO - THE EXTRAORDINARY AND TRAGIC LIFE OF JACO PASTORIUS
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JACO PASTORIOUS
titles

This brilliant talent revolutionized his instrument and became one of the most potent and compelling forces in jazz.


THE LATIN BASS BOOK - A PRACTICAL GUIDE
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LATIN
titles

Authentic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles are rich with expression and history.



THE FUNKMASTERS: THE GREAT JAMES BROWN RHYTHM SECTIONS, 1960-1973
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JAMES BROWN
titles

For 50 hard, fast years, the Godfather of Soul contributed to the development of rap, disco and funk.


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.



BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK
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FRETBOARD STUDIES
titles

Keep enriching your mental map of the fretboard, and enhancing your dexterity in navigating it.


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.



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

BEGINNERS / BANDS / ARTISTS
EBOOKS / TRANSCRIPTIONS

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 69:
PLAY MUSIC YOU LIKE


Making Practicing Inspirational and Fun

This secret sounds crazy. Of course you’ll play music you like! Otherwise, what’s the point of playing bass at all?

Well, to master the bass guitar, you’ll need to do some drills and scales. These exercises could be tedious. Additionally, you’ll need to learn some challenging music to develop specific technical skills. There is no promise that you are going to enjoy playing this music, but you will definitely become a better bassist by learning it.

Just as important though, you’ve got to play music you truly like and sincerely want to learn. These songs are the reason you were drawn to play bass in the first place.
(Read more)


SECRET 70:
PRACTICE EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO


Sticking to Your Schedule

It's important to make practicing a regular part of your life. Even on the days when you don't want to touch your bass, getting started is essential. That’s one reason why scheduling your practicing is such a good idea. It’s nice to think of practicing the same way as any other activity on your calendar.

There’s another intriguing thing about practicing when you don’t feel like it. When you actually start playing the bass, your negative feelings melt away. Worrying is much worse than simply taking action. Playing bass is fun, so what exactly is it you’re trying to avoid?

When you don’t feel like practicing, the reasons you feel this way have nothing to do with bass playing per se.
(Read more)


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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC APRIL 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 Getting Ready for the Live Performance on Tuesday, April 30. 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
La Grange from ZZ Top




Here's an oldie but a goodie: one of ZZ Top's most successful singles about a certain little house outside La Grange, Texas. It was on the Tres Hombres album of 1973.

This song is one of 17 iconic hits in Eric's new ebook,

CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Tempo Changes


Jaime introduces the "speed up" and "slow down" tempo changes: accelerando and ritardando.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 6


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, introduces the sixteenth-note triplet in a 1:6 rhythm ratio.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 4
Chords in Major Keys


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores further the building of chords in the major keys.





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