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NEW EBOOK: BOWIE GREATEST HITS, BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS

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


Here are accurately transcribed bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best. We lost this pioneering musician and entertainer last year, and this book from Eric Beaulé is a fine tribute.

Written in standard notation and TAB. 74 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on BOWIE GREATEST HITS, BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS




NEW BOOK: DOUBLE-BASS NOTEBOOK

DOUBLE-BASS NOTEBOOK
DOUBLE-BASS
NOTEBOOK


Double-Bass Notebook: Ideas, Tips and Pointers for the Complete Professional brings together a lifetime of insight from esteemed instructor and virtuoso Orin O'Brien. It includes musical examples, intuitive texts, articles, and practical and professional advice on practicing, auditioning, repertoire and more. 96 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on DOUBLE-BASS NOTEBOOK




QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"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


ESSENTIAL SECRETS

Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.


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 you position your instrument when you play.

Proper positioning is crucial to your success. You need to feel comfortable and have access to the entire fingerboard. Your fingers must be able to play their assigned frets whether you’re playing a four-string, five-string, or six-string bass. You should be able to slide your left hand up and down the neck easily without running into your torso. Your right hand needs to have comfortable access to every string whether you’re playing finger-style, slapping, or using a pick.

Most bassists need to do some experimenting to get the proper position. Change the length of your guitar strap. Try playing with the neck parallel to the floor as well as with the headstock raised up.
(Read more)



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 one room where you always practice. Within this practice space, you can designate a specific area to place all the little items that make playing bass easier. You don’t want to waste time searching for your metronome, tuner, picks, pencil, mp3 player, sheet music, instrument stand, or music stand. It’s especially important that you always know where an instrument cable is if you practice with an amp. The frustration of misplacing just one of these items can be enough to make you simply give up on practicing for the day.

Some bassists keep these things in their instrument case. Others have a specific shelf, drawer, table, or bag for this purpose. (Read more)


See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.




NAMM RECAP

NAMM 2017

The mad tribal gathering that is the annual convention of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) came to Anaheim, California, in late January. The sheer scope and scale of the show, and the crush of music-oriented humanity, are always quite stunning.

Here are a few collected views of the unique event.

NAMM articles on Bass Musician Magazine

Show gallery from Bass Player Magazine

Highlights from NAMM's website
Note especially the "Guitar & Fretted Instrument" section.



COVER BAND

Here are the top-selling titles last year at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages, prices and ordering information.

THE TOTAL ROCK BASSIST
THE TOTAL
ROCK BASSIST

Break down the music and styles of iconic players from the diverse rock world.



BASS PLAYER'S GUIDE TO SCALES AND MODES
BASS PLAYER'S
GUIDE TO
SCALES AND MODES
Understand all the scales, modes and arpeggios used by the modern bassist.


BASS GRIMOIRE COMPLETE
BASS GRIMOIRE,
COMPLETE

A professional reference with thousands of diagrams, charts, illustrations and fretboard patterns along with concise theory.


MILES DAVIS OMNIBOOK
MILES DAVIS
OMNIBOOK

A massive 272-page collection with 50 bass-clef transcriptions.

U2 BASS PLAY-ALONG
U2 BASS
PLAY-ALONG

Eight hit songs in standard notation and TAB, plus tempo-adjustable play-along CD.
BASS IMPROVISATION
BASS
IMPROVISATION

A complete guide to improvisational soloing for advanced jazz players.



FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS

This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section:

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Ziggy Stardust
by David Bowie,
as played by Trevor Bolder.


This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.

Eric actually added this David Bowie transcription before, but wanted to call it out again to honor the late star, and announce Eric's book of Bowie Greatest Hits, Bass Transcriptions. The song is from the 1972 album, "The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Enharmonics


Jaime defines for you exactly what "enharmonics" are.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 52
Scale Patterns:
3-Note Pattern


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the training value of breaking up scales into clusters of three notes.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BASS TAB WHITE PAGES
BASS TAB
WHITE PAGES

A remarkable collection of 200 songs(!) in a variety of genres. No bass player should be without it.

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-
BERRY OAKLEY
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

CRACKING THE
DETROIT CODE
-ONLINE COURSE-


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-

SEARCH

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

HARMONIC ANALYSIS
HARMONIC ANALYSIS
-EBOOK/PDF-

This massive, detailed course enables you to analyze any chord progression, giving you tremendous power to write and improvise music. Downloadable HD videos and 72-page PDF book.

GETTING STARTED

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

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

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.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
CHORDS AND
CHORD SHAPES
FOR
BASS GUITAR
-EBOOK/PDF-
A highly ambitious ebook of fretboard charts, showing chords in all keys and forms. Indispensable!

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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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