NEWSLETTER: February, 2018
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EVEN MORE NEW TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS
Aidan Hampson adds four more titles to his collection of bass transcription ebooks. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
|See all Aidan Hampson bass transcription ebooks|
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"I have found that strong hands allow you to relax more, and that is an important aspect in playing technique."
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
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 work on all these individual details while simultaneously overcoming the technical challenges needed to play everything together. Given these complexities, many bassists find themselves getting nowhere quickly.
In order to make forward progress, an essential strategy is to work on rhythms all by themselves. When you focus on a particularly challenging rhythm, you can completely forget the high notes, your fingerings, and which frets to play. Leaving these pitch worries behind, you’ll be much more efficient in making the rhythm perfect.
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 isolating rhythm though, sometimes you need to step back and fix a specific problem in order to get any work done at all.
Playing the right notes—that is, the correct pitches—remains the chief concern of every bass player. Missing a note is seen as a mistake of such great magnitude that bassists actually stop to fix the note. But, stopping and re-starting will not help you play better. You need a completely different strategy.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.
Here are titles making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
Here are bass-line trancriptions for all 17 songs on his landmark debut album of 1967.
He's worked with some amazing bass players. Here are their lines on 12 hits.
BEST OF PRINCE
Here are the bass lines for 11 hits from the Purple King.
The bass guitar is under-exploited as a chordal instrument. Fix that!
FOR BASS GUITAR
Everything from the absolute basics to advanced two-handed contrapuntal techniques.
Here are bass lines for 15 favorite songs from four decades of the Heartbreakers.
FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section.
These transcriptions are compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.
Bass Transcription of
an original Blues Bass Solo in E
Here Eric presents an original composition you will find fun to learn and play. The video shows the bass line playing over the transcription (standard notation and TAB).
Bass Transcription of
Interstate Love Song
from Stone Temple Pilots
Here's the bass line as played by Robert DeLeo. This song was included on the band's 1994 album, Purple. Check out the play-along video.
| 1:2 Rhythm Ratio,
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, expands on a previous lesson and goes deeper into the 1:2 Rhythm Ratio.
|EADG 4: Part 56
Scales in Seconds
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the tricky technique of adding seconds to the notes of a scale.
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