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26 September 2018 - Essential Secrets 58: Buy a Bass You Love

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 58:Buy a Bass Your Love -- Feeling Inspired Every Time You Play -- One of the joys of playing music is having an instrument you love. When you are proud of your bass, you will be more inspired to play it, you’ll spend more time practicing each day, and you’ll want to take it ou ... More!


26 September 2018 - Essential Secrets 57: Start With Something Fun

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 57:Start With Something Fun -- Getting Started and Overcoming Procrastination -- Starting your practice sessions with warm-ups makes the best use of your time. But, there are days when getting started at all is a challenge. On those days, you can motivate yourself by starting y ... More!


27 August 2018 - Essential Secrets 56: Reward Yourself

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 56:Reward Yourself -- Recognizing Accomplishments Keeps You Motivated -- Sometimes it’s difficult to motivate yourself to practice—even for ten minutes a day. What would it take to convince you to play your bass every day this week? How about every day this month? Try setting ... More!


27 August 2018 - Essential Secrets 55: Understand the Learning Curve

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 55:Understand the Learning Curve -- It's Normal Not to See Constant Improvement -- You may find it difficult to believe that you’ve forgotten how to play something that was completely playable just a couple days ago. Not seeing day-to-day progress can be frustrating. This frus ... More!


30 July 2018 - Essential Secrets 54: Accentuate the Positive

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 54:Accentuate the Positive -- What You Say and Think Affects Your Bass Playing -- As mentioned in the introduction to this book, it’s not a good idea to spend time alone saying negative things about yourself and criticizing your musical abilities. The reason? The language you u ... More!


30 July 2018 - Essential Secrets 53: Know Why You're Practicing

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 53:Know Why You're Practicing -- Keeping Sight of the Big Picture -- The strategies in this book explain why simply playing through songs over and over will never make your bass playing effective. Instead, you focus on the small, musical details that actually need your attentio ... More!


28 June 2018 - Essential Secrets 52: Know How to Use Your Metronome

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 52:Know How to Use Your Metronome -- Going Beyond the Simple Quarter-Note Click -- Metronomes are great tools for busy bass players. They help you play evenly, achieve tempo goals, discover sections that need more focused practicing, and train your muscles to play without makin ... More!


28 June 2018 - Essential Secrets 51: Use a Timer

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 51:Use a Timer -- Freeing Yourself from Watching the Clock -- Timers have a bad reputation with musicians. You may have visions of parents putting a timer on top of a piano and telling their young child to keep practicing until the timer goes off. This technique is a sure way t ... More!


29 May 2018 - Essential Secrets 50: Practice in Front of a Mirror

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 50:Practice in Front of a Mirror -- Seeing Yourself from the Outside -- When you practice, you may feel that your technique is strong and you’re playing efficiently. It would be interesting to know if someone watching you would agree. You should have the means to see yourself p ... More!


29 May 2018 - Essential Secrets 49: Stretch Out Before You Work Out

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 49:Stretch Out Before You Work Out -- Bassists as Athletes -- Physical comfort when playing your instrument is crucial. And, your actions before and after you play can be just as important. Too often, bassists just pick up their instrument, play something really difficult, and ... More!


29 April 2018 - Essential Secrets 48: Focus on Physical Comfort

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 48:Focus on Physical Comfort -- Playing with Ease -- The physical positions used to play the bass can be unnatural. Because of this, it’s important to remain as comfortable as possible while you’re playing. If you stand while you play, make sure your legs feel loose and your kn ... More!


29 April 2018 - Essential Secrets 47: Play By Ear

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 47:Play By Ear -- The Importance of Playing What You Hear -- Jazz, pop, and rock bassists play by ear on a regular basis. But, you may still rely on charts, tab, and video instruction to learn most songs. Playing by ear offers you many benefits, including memorizing music more ... More!


30 March 2018 - Essential Secrets 45: Overcome the Fear Factor

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 45:Overcome the Fear Factor -- Gaining Confidence and Control -- Many bassists are afraid to tackle music that seems impossible to play. This is the Fear Factor, and it’s very real. When fear rises up, your natural “fight or flight” response takes over. By avoiding difficult mu ... More!


30 March 2018 - Essential Secrets 46: Sightread Every Day

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 46:Sightread Every Day -- Mastering Printed Music -- Many bass players are worried that their sightreading skills are not strong enough. They feel ill at ease whenever they have to read music. Yet, sightreading is seldom made a regular part of their practicing. Reading music is ... More!


25 February 2018 - Essential Secrets 44: Know the Best Left-Hand Tricks

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 44:Know the Best Left-Hand Tricks -- Using Virtuoso Techniques to Your Advantage -- Many bassists focus solely on playing the correct notes. Spending time on your left hand technique will help you learn the best way to play those notes and allow you to learn faster. There are b ... More!


25 February 2018 - Essential Secrets 43: Set Up Practice Loops

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 43:Set up Practice Loops -- Focusing on Essential Notes -- Practice loops are a special type of repetition you can use when you’re figuring out how to play something or when you need to overcome a specific technical challenge. When you play a loop, the goal is to play over and ... More!


29 January 2018 - Essential Secrets 42: Concentrate Exclusively on Pitches

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 42:Concentrate Exclusively on Pitches -- Knowing You Can Hit Every Note Comfortably -- You can usually save the most time by practicing many musical elements (pitch, rhythm, tone, dynamics, articulations, and phrasing) at the same time. As you saw in the previous secret on isol ... More!


29 January 2018 - Essential Secrets 41: Work Only on Rhythms

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 41:Work Only on Rhythms -- Controlling the Placement of Every Note -- Sometimes there’s just too much to think about. If you're learning a new section of music, you may feel overwhelmed with finding the notes, counting difficult rhythms, and phrasing the line. You’ve got to wor ... More!


29 December 2017 - Essential Secrets 40: Expand Your Concentration

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 40:Expand Your Concentration -- Being Aware of Every Detail of Your Playing -- Achieving an elevated level of concentration while you practice is essential to your success as a bassist. When you are incredibly attentive, you learn more quickly, remember more, and play better th ... More!


29 December 2017 - Essential Secrets 39: Show Some Emotion

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 39:Show Some Emotion -- Putting Feelings into the Notes -- Having an emotional roadmap for a piece of music makes performing more satisfying and communicates the true meaning of the music to your audience. But, many bassists don’t know how to convey emotions in their playing. T ... More!


29 November 2017 - Essential Secrets 38: Always Be Expressive

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 38:Always Be Expressive -- Thinking Musically at All Times -- You can spend so much time building your technique and learning songs that you neglect the other skills that make playing music worthwhile. Dynamics, phrasing, articulations, and tone production are important if you ... More!


29 November 2017 - Essential Secrets 37: Increase Your Tempo Gradually

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 37:Increase Your Tempo Gradually -- Staying in Control Gives You the Best Results -- Many of the time-saving strategies in this book focus on learning notes accurately and efficiently. Once you know all the notes, though, you’ve got to learn to play them at the performance spee ... More!


29 October 2017 - Essential Secrets 36: Work on Speed Last

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 36:Work on Speed Last -- Controlling the Notes Is More Important Than Going fast -- Here’s a rule every bassist should take to heart: If you can’t play something slowly, there’s no way you can play it quickly. Trying to play music up to speed before you have control of it waste ... More!


29 October 2017 - Essential Secrets 35: Write in Your Music

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 35:Write in Your Music -- Remembering Today's Details Tomorrow -- Some bassists treat their sheet music like an ancient manuscript to be displayed in a museum. They keep it in perfect, pristine condition. Sheet music—whether it’s standard notation or tab—is just a tool to help ... More!


1 October 2017 - Essential Secrets 34: Repeat Your Initial Success

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 34:Repeat Your Initial Success -- Using Repetitions to Strengthen Your Playing -- After working diligently on a specific technique or a section of a song, you’ll taste success for the first time. You’ll suddenly be able to play everything correctly! This is definitely cause for ... More!


1 October 2017 - Essential Secrets 33: Make Your Exercises Interesting

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 33:Make Your Exercises Interesting -- How Smart Warm-ups Help You -- You can end up playing exactly the same warm-up exercises day after day if you’re not careful. Not only will this be boring, but you’ll be missing an opportunity to maximize your use of time. When you always p ... More!


29 August 2017 - Essential Secrets 32: Use a Metronome

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 32:Use a Metronome -- Making Sure Your Tempos Are Even -- Mastering the basics will make you a great bass player. As you work on basic music elements like intonation, tone, rhythm, and dynamics, it’s essential that you learn to keep even time. Playing at a steady speed is a cru ... More!


29 August 2017 - Essential Secrets 31: Tackle the Tough Stuff

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 31:Tackle the Tough Stuff -- Mastering Difficult Material -- In every piece of music, there is inevitably one section that seems unplayable. It’s either too high or too fast, or it just seems too hard. Sometimes there are many of these sections. Throughout this book, this diffi ... More!


31 July 2017 - Essential Secrets 30: Improve the Groove

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 30:Improve the Groove -- Adding Spice to Any Song -- Advanced techniques like slapping and tapping, chordal playing, and harmonics are all used by bass soloists today. However, the primary responsibility of bass players is to create bass lines that define the groove and feel of ... More!


31 July 2017 - Essential Secrets 29: Figure Out Fingerings First

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 29:Figure Out Fingerings First -- Making Left-Hand Decisions Affects Everything Else -- Before you can add all the elements of a song that make it exciting to listen to, you’ve got to play the correct notes with the correct fingers. Left hand fingering on the bass is particular ... More!


23 June 2017 - Essential Secrets 28: Begin with the Basics

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 28:Begin with the Basics -- Mastering the Skills that Matter Most -- Let’s say you’ve been driving for many years. Even with all that experience and time behind the wheel, you still couldn’t compete in the Indianapolis 500. Professional drivers have mastered a set of specific, ... More!


23 June 2017 - Essential Secrets 27: Always Warm Up

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 27:Always Warm Up -- Rising to the Challenge -- Playing the bass is a lot like playing sports. You develop specialized skills, you can succeed or fail on any given day, and you need to warm up before you play. For musicians, warming up has three components: body, mind, and tech ... More!


25 May 2017 - Essential Secrets 26: Slow It Down

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 26:Slow It Down -- The Magic of Muscle Memory -- Here’s something most bassists never think about: Whenever you play, your muscles create every sound that comes out of your instrument. If your muscles don’t perform perfectly, you get wrong notes, imprecise rhythms, and poor ton ... More!


25 May 2017 - Essential Secrets 25: Know What Not To Do

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 25:Know What Not To Do -- Avoiding Common Mistakes -- Sometimes, all you need to have a successful practice session is to avoid the common mistakes that can ruin the experience. By being aware of unsuccessful practice techniques, you can be more productive and save huge amounts ... More!


28 April 2017 - Essential Secrets 24: Embrace Technology

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 24:Embrace Technology -- Using the Tools that Accelerate Learning -- Learning to play the bass is typically an old-fashioned activity. You spend hours perfecting your craft. There is a master/apprentice system in private lessons, with most instruction being done just as it has ... More!


28 April 2017 - Essential Secrets 23: Do Your Homework

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 23:Do Your Homework -- Understanding the Context of Music -- It’s important to understand the correct way to play the notes you’re learning. Of course the term “correct” is open to debate, but there are accepted ways of playing certain styles of music. Grasping the style of the ... More!


28 March 2017 - Essential Secrets 22: Use a Practice Planner

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 22:Use a Practice Planner -- Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Achieve Them -- Most bassists have had the experience of starting a practice session only to draw a complete blank on what exactly they should be playing. You can easily avoid this bewildering situation by keeping a ... More!


28 March 2017 - Essential Secrets 21: Understand the 80/20 Rule

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 21:Understand the 80/20 Rule -- Putting In the Time on What Matters -- The 80/20 Rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) says that much of life is distributed unequally. It turns out that, give or take a few points, 20% of people make 80% of the money, 20% of criminals commit 8 ... More!


24 February 2017 - Essential Secrets 20: Stay Relaxed

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 20:Stay Relaxed -- Eliminating Tension to Make Playing Easier -- Both physical and mental tension can be debilitating in your musical life. Mental tension, more commonly called stress, affects your ability to concentrate, to listen carefully, and to remain interested in results ... More!


24 February 2017 - Essential Secrets 19: Be Your Own Teacher

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 19:Be Your Own Teacher -- Acting Like a Coach and Cheerleader -- Being your own teacher is not about replacing your bass teacher. It is about taking on the teacher persona during your practice sessions. Playing this role means you must think like your bass teacher. This means q ... More!


28 January 2017 - Essential Secrets 18: Stay Organized

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 18:Stay Organized -- Creating an Efficient Practice Space -- While many bassists are organized about planning the music to be covered in their practice sessions, they often neglect to plan the physical organization of their practice space. Most practice experts recommend having ... More!


28 January 2017 - Essential Secrets 17: Set Yourself Up Well

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 17:Set Yourself Up Well -- A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way -- To learn bass as efficiently as possible, having the best physical setup is crucial. You need the right setup for your bass—which a guitar repair person can do for you—and, more importantly, you should focus on how ... More!


30 December 2016 - Essential Secrets 16: Hire a Teacher You Trust

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 16:Hire a Teacher You Trust -- Getting the Guidance You Need -- Successful people surround themselves with experts. Businesspeople have mentors. Athletes work with coaches and trainers. Presidents employ policy advisors. All bassists should follow these examples by hiring a bas ... More!


30 December 2016 - Essential Secrets 15: Get to Know a Song Before You Learn to Play It

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 15:Get to Know a Song Before You Learn to Play It -- Speeding up the learning curve -- If there were a way to guarantee that you could learn a song in half your normal practice time, you would jump at it. This strategy does just that. The secret is simple: Imagine in your mind ... More!


28 November 2016 - Essential Secrets 14: Know the Jargon

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 14:Know the Jargon -- Speaking the musical language -- The ability to use specialized language separates insiders from outsiders in every setting, from social groups and associations to industries and academic disciplines. Music has its own vocabulary, and there is jargon speci ... More!


28 November 2016 - Essential Secrets 13: Be Honest with Yourself

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 13:Be Honest with Yourself -- Honesty really is the best policy -- Practicing bass is about exploring your musical potential. Daily practicing leads to a sense of personal accomplishment and self-dedication, and it gets you ready to perform in public. The only way to experienc ... More!


29 October 2016 - Essential Secrets 12: Focus on the Solution, not the Problem

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 12:Focus on the Solution, not the Problem -- Looking forward instead of backward -- From day one of playing music, bassists focus on their difficulties. It’s actually the norm for musicians to think exclusively about their problems. Consider this: Concert reviewers are called c ... More!


29 October 2016 - Essential Secrets 11: Figure Out the Fingerboard

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 11:Figure Out the Fingerboard -- Knowing where every note is saves huge amounts of time -- The note locations on a fretboard seem downright inscrutable. Plenty of bassists are in the dark about where specific notes are located, and these musicians are working at an enormous dis ... More!


28 September 2016 - Essential Secrets 10: Practice the Way You Want to Play

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 10:Practice the Way You Want to Play -- Creating the sound you desire -- What you do in the practice room mirrors what will happen whenever you play. Performances can only be as strong as the preparation that led to them. If in your daily practicing you’re timid and unsure, pro ... More!


28 September 2016 - Essential Secrets 9: Overcome the SAD Syndrome

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 9:Overcome the SAD Syndrome -- Eliminating the all-time, worst-ever habit of musicians -- Nearly one-hundred percent of bassists make an enormous mistake every time they practice. This mistake is like an infectious plague that has spread through the musical community. It’s call ... More!


30 August 2016 - Essential Secrets 8: Understand the Form

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 7:Understand the Form -- Knowing what can be skipped -- Almost every piece of music is structured in a series of organized sections, and the exact order of these sections is called the Form. Before you start practicing a song, make sure you know this form. Understanding the for ... More!


18 August 2016 - Essential Secrets 7: Narrow Your Focus

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 7:Narrow Your Focus -- Fixing one detail at a time -- Intense focus is the key to making big progress in the practice room. With focus, bass players make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without focus, many bassists flounder. Try these two important focusing techniques: ... More!


30 July 2016 - Essential Secrets 6: Get the Gear You Need

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 6: Get the Gear You Need -- Don't struggle when you play bass -- There’s more to playing your bass than simply having a bass to play. Every bass player needs to own accessories that make practicing easier. If you don’t have these essential tools in your practice space, you are ... More!


20 July 2016 - Essential Secrets 5: Memorize As You Go Along

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 5: Memorize As You Go Along -- Making memorization a natural process -- Have you ever had to memorize a song after you’ve figured out all the notes? It’s a pretty common situation, especially if you learn from sheet music. This experience makes memorization seem like an extra t ... More!


27 June 2016 - Essential Secrets 4: Practice Without Your Bass

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 4: Practice Without Your Bass -- How to visualize success -- Every bass teacher has heard this from students: "Oh, I couldn't practice. It was such a busy week. I was doing homework, stuck in traffic, running errands, on the subway, watching the kids, sick in bed, out of town." ... More!


15 June 2016 - Essential Secrets 3: Have Specific Goals

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 3: Have Specific Goals -- Know what you are trying to do before you do it -- Do you ever find yourself starting a practice session feeling unclear on what exactly you’re trying to accomplish? You know you need to make your song sound better, and you’re sure there’s a technical ... More!


26 May 2016 - Essential Secrets 2: Break It Down

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 2: Break It Down -- Organizing music into small, digestible bites -- Here’s the typical way bassists learn a song: Start at the beginning. Play to the end. Then, go back to the top and try again. This is an inefficient way to learn, and it eats up a lot of time. Luckily, there’ ... More!


10 May 2016 - Essential Secrets 1: Practice Every Day

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 1 Practice Every Day -- Daily review beats cramming once a week -- Most musicians understand intuitively that practicing every day is the best way to improve. And, you've probably heard corny reminders like: "You don't have to practice every day -- just on the days you eat." Well ... More!


29 April 2016 - Bass Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners -- Bass Books and Music

HERBIE HANCOCK, THE KILLERS, ROCK BASS and more: See the new bass transcriptions and other news in the latest issue of our free email newsletter. All the Music Fit to Print (and Play!): See the many songs and books in our TRANSCRIPTIONS category Bass Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners -- See ... More!


28 April 2016 - Major and Minor Bass Guitar Scales -- Bass Books and Music

HERBIE HANCOCK, THE KILLERS, ROCK BASS and more: See the new bass transcriptions and other news in the latest issue of our free email newsletter. All the Music Fit to Print (and Play!): See the many songs and books in our TRANSCRIPTIONS category Learning Bass Guitar Scales -- See our Scales a ... More!


16 March 2016 - How to Play Bass Guitar – 5 Beginner Books to Learn Bass

HERBIE HANCOCK, THE KILLERS, ROCK BASS and more: See the new bass transcriptions and other news in the latest issue of our free email newsletter. All the Music Fit to Print (and Play!): See the many songs and books in our TRANSCRIPTIONS category Learn to Play Bass Guitar -- See our Beginning ... More!


15 March 2016 - Bass Guitar Notation: The Bass Clef

HERBIE HANCOCK, THE KILLERS, ROCK BASS and more: See the new bass transcriptions and other news in the latest issue of our free email newsletter. All the Music Fit to Print (and Play!): See the many songs and books in our TRANSCRIPTIONS category The Basics of Bass Guitar Notation: The Bass Clef -- ... More!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources of all time. Available singly or as a set, in print or ebook form, with accompanying audio.

BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE

GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES
GROOVING
WITH HYBRID
TECHNIQUES

THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET
CONCEPT

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also:
-ONLINE COURSE-
THE BASSIST's GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS TAB WHITE PAGES
BASS TAB
WHITE PAGES
(200 songs!)



CHUCK RAINEY'S
COMPLETE
ELECTRIC
BASS PLAYER


LEFT-HANDED
BASS TAB
METHOD

SANTANA'S
GREATEST HITS
2+2=5
A STUDY IN
ODD TIMES

THE LATIN
BASS BOOK


THE REAL EASY
EAR TRAINING
BOOK

ADVANCED
STUDIES FOR
BASS GUITAR

CLASSIC FUNK
AND R&B
GROOVES
FOR BASS

BASS
FRETBOARD
FACTS

BEST OF
MARCUS MILLER


ARPEGGIO
WOODSHEDDING
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

PINO PALLADINO:
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
THE BEST OF
YES FOR BASS
JAMES BROWN:
BASS PLAY-ALONG

MILES DAVIS:
KIND OF BLUE
STEVE BAILEY'S
FRETLESS BASS

THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL HYMNS
-EBOOK/PDF-


DIY ELECTRIC
BASS
THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BASS BOOK
THE
JOHN ENTWISTLE
BASS BOOK
THE EVOLVING BASSIST
THE EVOLVING
BASSIST:
MILLENIUM
EDITION

EADG 4
EADG 4
BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR
BACH CELLO
SUITES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

FRETBOARD ARCANUM
FRETBOARD
ARCANUM
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO: THE
DOCUMENTARY
-DVD-

-BLU-RAY-
TOM PETTY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


HEARING
BASS LINES,
COMPLETE
BUNDLE
-EBOOK/PDF-

RICKENBACKER
ELECTRIC BASS


HOFNER VIOLIN
BEATLE BASS
BASS
BIBLE
THE SWING OF
THE LATIN BASS

EXPOSED:
SOLO MUSIC
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEST OF
MEGADETH
TODD JOHNSON
ELECTRIC BASS
TECHNIQUE
BUILDERS


THE COUCH
POTATO BASS
WORKOUT
ABBEY ROAD
TO
ZIGGY STARDUST
NATHAN EAST:
THE BUSINESS
OF BASS
-DVD-


GUNS N' ROSES
FOR BASS

CHARLIE PARKER
FOR BASS

STU COOK, CCR
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS
25 ESSENTIAL
ROCK BASS
CLASSICS


NIRVANA:
THE BASS GUITAR
COLLECTION

BASS PLAYER:
THE
FRETLESS BASS


THE REAL BOOK
VOL. 1
BASS CLEF
JACO
PASTORIUS
THE BEST OF
VICTOR WOOTEN

WALKING BASSLINES
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
BEYOND
BASSLINES: FROM
BACH TO BRAHMS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEATLES:
1967-1970


STANLEY CLARKE
COLLECTION

101 BASS TIPS
SLAP BASS LINES

RED HOT
CHILI PEPPERS:
GREATEST HITS


BUNNY BRUNEL'S
POWER BASS:
SOLOING SECRETS
100 BLUES
LESSONS
100 JAZZ
LESSONS

100 ROCK
LESSONS


100 FUNK/R&B
LESSONS
AFRO-CUBAN
SLAP BASS LINES
BEST OF
TOWER OF POWER
FOR BASS

BASS
STANDARDS
BERKLEE PRACTICE
METHOD: BASS

THE SCOTT
LAFARO BOOK


HOW THE
FENDER BASS
CHANGED
THE WORLD


KEITH
FERGUSON:
TEXAS BLUES
BASS
EDLY'S MUSIC
THEORY FOR
PRACTICAL
PEOPLE


ESSSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK ONE
ESSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK TWO

MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS
OTEIL
BURBRIDGE
-DVD-


SIGHT READING FUNK RYTHMNS FOR BASS
SIGHT READING
FUNK RHYTHMS
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN
THE SHADOWS
OF MOTOWN


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 1
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. I
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 2
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. II
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

STEVE HARRIS: THE BEAST OF THE BASS
STEVE HARRIS:
THE BEAST OF
THE BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FRETBOARD
ALCHEMY
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT,
PREVENTION AND
BETTER HEALTH

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

Bass player Dr. Randall Kertz examines common and not so common problems that the musician may encounter during practice or performing situations. You need this book.

GETTING STARTED

Just learning your way around the bass? We'll start you right.

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PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

BEGINNING ELECTRIC BASS
BEGINNING
ELECTRIC BASS
Part one of a three-part series, this book introduces music theory, scales and chords. Learn to build cool bass lines.

BASS METHOD BOOK 1
BASS METHOD
BOOK ONE
A classic of bass instruction presenting notes, patterns, rhythms and over 100 songs and riffs. Includes audio CD.

BASS FOR BEGINNERS
BASS FOR
BEGINNERS
This fine book/CD package provides the basic tools for solid, fundamental electric bass playing.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

STUDIO BASS MASTERS
STUDIO BASS MASTERS
Session Tips & Techniques from Top Bass Players. Here are secrets and advice from the world's best and most in-demand session bassists.

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QUOTE -- UNQUOTE

"Music is in the air. It's my job to pull it out."
--Jaco Pastorius

"I try to make sure my part is notable -- that it's not only right for the song, but also represents the bass in the highest light."
--Nathan East

"The art of music is governed by the laws of harmony, theory and rhythm. These laws and theories must be studied in order to attain and maintain precious, unforseen rewards."
--Chuck Rainey

"Even when playing the simplest song with just whole notes, make sure that they're very good whole notes!"
--Larry Paxton

"It's the bass that makes them dance."
--Darcy Wright

"Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin."
--Suzi Quatro

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