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NEW BOOK: BASS CHOPS


A Step-by-Step Method for Developing Extraordinary Technique on the Bass Guitar

Strengthen your overall facility on the instrument with this series of exercises and lessons, presented in an effective theme-and-variation format. Covers a cross section of musical genres and styles, including blues, jazz, rock, fusion, R&B, and slapping.

A series of accompanying video lessons are available to download from the publisher's website.

Standard notation and TAB. Video download. 136 pages.

 

BASS CHOPS
BASS CHOPS



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

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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 basseducinc@gmail.com.



See all Jaime David Vazquez' BASS TIPS in our FREE STUFF section


ESSENTIAL SECRETS

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.


SECRET 89:
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?"
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SECRET 90:
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:


ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

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

Bass Transcription of
Closer to the Heart
by Rush


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.


MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

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
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
3-Note-per-String Technique


Jaime offers 3-note-per-string exercise patterns based on the major scale and the natural minor scale.


JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BASS CHOPS
NEW!
BASS CHOPS


A Step-by-Step Method for Developing Extraordinary Technique on the Bass Guitar

Strengthen your overall facility on the instrument with this series of exercises and lessons, presented in an effective theme-and-variation format. Accompanying video lessons available to download.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also check out the
ONLINE COURSE

Tony Oppenheim's SLAP IT! will give rookies the right start and help pros refine their touch. Audio tracks included.

The ONLINE COURSE is a lifetime subscription that accesses more exercises and lessons. Like Volume 2 of SLAP IT!

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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
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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.

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.

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