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|SONGS INCLUDED || A-Tisket, A-Tasket |
Alphabet Song, The
America (My Country, Tis of Thee)
America, the Beautiful
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Cossack Lullaby, A
Do Your Ears Hang Low
Down in the Valley
Farmer in the Dell, The
Froggy Went A-Courtin'
Grand Old Duke of York, The
Here We Go Looby Loo
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hokey Pokey, The
Home on the Range
Hot Cross Buns
Hush, Little Baby (The Mockingbird Song)
If You're Happy and You Know It
Itsy Bitsy Spider, The
Jack and Jill
Knicky, Knicky, Knacky Noo
Little Miss Muffet
Lullaby and Goodnight
Make New Friends
| Man in the Moon |
Mary Had a Little Lamb
More We Get Together, The
Muffin Man, The
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Pease Porridge Hot
Pease Porridge Hot - Alternate
Pop Goes the Weasel
Ring Around the Rosie
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
Shine Little Glow Worm
Skip to My Lou
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Star-Spangled Banner, The
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Girl with the Curl
This Little Pig Went to Market
This Old Man
Three Blind Mice
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Wee Willie Winkie
Wheels on the Bus, The
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
My First Bass Book is a collection of 61 children's classics and family favorites arranged for the bass guitar. Each title is arranged and presented on facing pages, the left-hand page with just the melody in notation and tab, the right-hand page with melody, accompaniment and the tab to the accompaniment. This gives only a single part to work on for the page with the melody and a complete, two-part arrangement for the facing page.
This book was written primarily as a collection of great duets that can be shared between teacher and student, but can also be a great tool for developing your improvisational skills as a soloist. We can promise you: if you memorize all these melodies that you probably already know how to sing and learn to play those phrases on your bass as easily as you can sing them, you will be amazed at how much your vocabulary as a soloist will improve. You might play a snippet of a melody from a children's song as a wink and a nod to the audience, or even more likely, you might hear snippets of snippets coming out exactly as you visualized them in your head as your own individual phrases. Written in standard notation and TAB. 132 pages and 61 MP3 files.ABOUT THIS BOOK
Imagine you're a parent and a musician and you just bought your child their very first bass. What could be more fun than starting them off with some duets between parent and child, playing children's songs, most of which they probably already can sing. Fun little tunes arranged as two-part pieces, and now it's his or her chance to start making those melodies sing on their brand new bass!
My First Bass Book was inspired by Dave Tuckman (my good friend, fellow bass player, dad, etc.) who told me he had just purchased a small-scale bass for his son's third birthday. As he told me this, I visualized little Michael (who's on the cover of this book) unwrapping that bass.
We began discussing what would be the most wonderful way for a parent and child to share the experience. What you hold in your hands is that idea turned into reality. If you have half as much fun playing the music in this book as we had putting the book together, you're in for a great time with it.
Mike Cornelison, March 2012THE MUSIC INSIDE & HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT
The book is arranged with each piece shown on facing pages, the left-hand page with just the melody in notation and tab, the right-hand page with melody, accompaniment and the tab to the accompaniment. This gives only a single part to work on for the page with the melody and a complete, two-part arrangement for the facing page. The thinking behind this was that, for a beginning student, the melodies deserved their own page to be learned in a less intimidating format of a single part.
There are really two schools of thought here, and Dave and I were split on the thinking. Dave felt it might be easier to start his son on the accompaniment parts, which are much simpler rhythmically and usually have fewer notes (less is definitely more on the bass parts here) while I felt most young students would have an easier time up on the higher notes where the frets are much closer together for smaller fingers and the melodies are familiar and can even be sung and played by the student at the same time.
Either way, we think you're going to have a blast with these duets and the hope is that whether they start with the low part or the high part, the young student will eventually look at the parent or teacher playing along with them and say, "Hey, I want to learn to play that part, too!"
This book was written primarily as a collection of great duets that can be shared between teacher and student, but two last quick thoughts on how this book can be a whole lot more than that.
This book can also become a great tool for developing your improvisational skills as a soloist. Music is a language. Like any language, you have building blocks of words, words that then stretch into phrases, phrases that stretch into sentences and paragraphs.