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The Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1 by Grammy-nominated music educator Mike Overly is the prequel to Bass EncycloMedia and a 21st Century revolution in music and bass instruction. Its purpose is to introduce a beginner of any age to a clear and simple connect-the-dots method of letters, numbers and numerals that teaches music quickly and develops technical skill effortlessly. The Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1 contains three books in one volume: a Method Book, a Rhythm Book, and a Song Book.
The first book of the Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1 is the Method book. It contains 29 lessons and it quickly gets into interesting facts and history about the bass. Lesson 1 is really surprising because you learn that the bass is actually 4000 years old! You also learn about the important parts of the bass and learn a unique way to view the fretboard. You then move on to learn about the symbols and signs of music, including meter and value, bar line and bars, time signature, dynamics, and tempo. The seven letters of the musical alphabet and their locations on string four is presented next, followed by strum and harmony rhythm marks.
The second book of the Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1 is the Rhythm book. Here's something different and interesting. The rhythms of this book are not played on your bass, but rather they are experienced by using a technique known as clap-shake. Simply stated, you clap your hands on a melody note or harmony mark, and shake your hands on a rest or tie. Since there is no pitch presented in the rhythm book you can focus all your attention on rhythm and learn its fundamental importance. The rhythm book contains 12 lessons and begins by explaining how rhythm is time and that time is the 4th dimension of space! This part of the book is insightful and revealing. The rhythm book then proceeds through its remaining lessons to develop rhythmic ideas that were presented in the method book, but in a much more elaborated fashion.
The third book of the Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1 is the Song Book. It presents the melody and harmony of 34 well known songs. And every idea that you learned in the Method book and Rhythm book is progressively utilized, combined and applied in these songs. Each song has a separate harmony and melody page. The melody is on the right-hand page and the harmony is on the left-hand page. Here's something important. Since the songs of volume 1 may be played at any tempo and in any key, the tempo and key of an individual song is not indicated. This is also why a CD is not included with the Tone Note Music Method for Bass Volume 1. Think of it this way. If there were an accompanying CD, you would be limited to only one tempo and only one key!
Since a play-along CD is not included with the volume 1 song book for the above stated reason, there is something much better and more amazing ~ the FREE 12 Tone Music Player found here
. This proprietary music player allows you to choose the song you want to play. Select the key you wish to play in. Choose the tempo that you can play with. And pick a melody or harmony instrument voice you would like to hear. There are seven harmony voices and nine melody voices from which to choose. Here's the cool part. You may either play along with the part you are hearing, or, play a duet by listening to one part and playing the other. The 12 Tone Music Player also has a metronome that you may listen to or not. The 12 Tone Music Player works with any browser except Chrome, and you will need to have Java installed.