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EAGLES BASS PLAY-ALONG

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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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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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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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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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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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Not only is Sight Reading an immensely practical skill, but studying it develops (or revitalizes) your understanding of many aspects of music.



BASS TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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BEST OF RADIOHEAD BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
BEST OF
RADIOHEAD BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Here are bass lines for 16 great songs from this long-running British rock group.



NEW WAVE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
NEW WAVE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
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Wild and colorful '80s and '90s bands created a unique evolution of Punk. Here's a fat 66-page collection of hits.


BEST OF BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
NEW!
BEST OF BOMBAY
BICYCLE CLUB
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
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They're a genre-bending indie rock band. Here are bass lines for 11 big songs.


FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
FRANK SINATRA
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Ol' Blue Eyes was one of the most popular singers ever. Here are bass lines for 11 of his iconic hits.


BRUNO MARS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BRUNO MARS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
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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
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Here are bass lines for 12 of ABBA's hits, as played by Rutger Gunnarsson and Mike Watson.


BEST OF DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF
DURAN DURAN BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
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John Taylor played driving, funky bass lines. Here are 12 of the band's greatest hits.


HERBIE HANCOCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
HERBIE HANCOCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
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Here are bass lines to 11 great songs, from 1964 to 2005, by this many-Grammy-winning Jazz-Fusion composer and performer.


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Ultimate Book of Jaco Pastorius
THE ULTIMATE
BOOK OF JACO

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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

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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

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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

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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
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Improvising over the fundamental 2-5-1 Jazz progression, with the structure of 99 examples explained.

ARPEGGIO WOODSHEDDING
APREGGIO
WOODSHEDDING

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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

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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 59:
MAKE YOUR GOALS ATTAINABLE


How to Stay Motivated and Confident

One fundamental secret to success is having goals. Without goals, bassists spend a great deal of time practicing getting very little done. Your practice plan needs to include important goals.

But, planning alone is not enough. Forward momentum is only sustained if you actually meet your goals. This seems silly to say, but if you want to attain your goals, they must be attainable!

When goals are within reach, several good things happen: You’ll feel a wave of confidence each time you reach a goal, which will prompt you to set up and attain your next goal. As you continually attain your goals, you’ll want to practice as often as possible to receive the positive reinforcement that feeds your self-esteem and keeps you motivated.
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SECRET 60:
BLOW OFF STEAM


Using Your Bass as an Emotional Outlet

Unlike many activities that should not be attempted when you are upset (like driving a car or washing steak knives), playing the bass can actually be enhanced by difficult emotions. Musicians need to convey feelings in their performances, and infusing your music with emotion is an important part of practicing.

If you are upset, angry, or frustrated, try taking it out on your instrument. No, don’t smash your bass on the floor or send it sailing through the nearest window. Just play.

When bassists try this, two things tend to happen. First, they release the negative emotions and start to feel better. The anger and frustration subside as you play with uncontrolled passion.
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See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.


ONLINE TECHNIQUE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ BASS CLINIC OCTOBER 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 Bass Licks, Riffs and more on Tuesday, November 27. 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
Don't Stop
from Fleetwood Mac


Here is another John McVie bass line from 1976's "Rumours."



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 2


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, applies the eighth-note triplet in a familiar Bach melody.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
The Sextuplet


Jaime examines the tricky and useful six-part beat.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 68
Open String Studies


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, presents the use of an open string as a "pedal point," a sustaining tone underlying other notes.