NEWSLETTER: February, 2020
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FREE STUFF! BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTIONS
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NEW BOOK: BASS CHOPS
A Step-by-Step Method for Developing Extraordinary Technique on the Bass Guitar
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"I think the more music you play on an instrument, the more responsive and better it gets. I’ll pick up a new bass occasionally, but I’ll put it right down. I want an instrument with some history and character and feel." --Sting
FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation on BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX on Monday, February 24. Time will be 9:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips to help any bass player improve and grow.
This critical guidance is from his excellent ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
TUNE OUT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Staying on the Path to Success
Musicians often receive critical comments from family, friends, and roommates. These people always mean well. Unless they are musicians themselves, however, they have little understanding of what makes a successful practice session.
To the untrained ear, hearing a bassist work on a specific skill in no way resembles what music “should” sound like. Long tones and loops, for instance, are important parts of practicing. However, someone hearing you practice these for minutes at a time may think you have lost your mind.
Unintentional criticism from friends and family is often in the form of questions. They may ask, "Why are you playing that one thing over and over? Can't you just play real music?"
PRACTICE FOR YOURSELF
Focusing on Internal Goals
Performers spend a lot of time trying to impress other people and win their approval. They worry about parents, spouses, friends, audiences, or colleagues and what these people think of their playing.
These external concerns interfere with your ability to perform naturally and at a peak level. Thinking about other people’s opinions of the success or failure of your next public appearance can lead to performance anxiety and disappointment.
Instead, try concentrating on the daily process of achieving your personal and technical goals.
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FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section:
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of many titles we carry.
Bass Transcription of
Closer to the Heart
Eric offers Geddy Lee's transcribed bass line for the Rush hit, Closer to the Heart. This song is off the band's A Farewell to Kings album of 1977.
| Learning Levels
In this exercise Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, proposes a much more detailed list of experience levels than simply Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Where do you fall?
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
| BASS TIPS:
Jaime offers 3-note-per-string exercise patterns based on the major scale and the natural minor scale.
EADG 4: Part 74
Double-Octave Major Scales
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, challenges you to "play horizontal," up the fretboard, using double-octave scales.
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