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NEW BOOK: BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK

BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK
BASS FRETBOARD
WORKBOOK


Ever find yourself in uncharted territory moving along the neck of your bass? Here's a systematic solution to learning the fretboard. Take your playing to a new level and expand your musical comprehension, with no reading of music!

Fretboard charts, 104 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on BASS FRETBOARD WORKBOOK




NEW BOOK: CHORD BASSICS

CHORD BASSICS
CHORD BASSICS

Slim enough to tuck in your case, this comprehensive guide shows big, readable fingering charts for virtually every chord you will ever need to produce. Including different inversions (E major 7 is shown in six separate forms), there are over 500 chords here.

Fretboard charts. 76 pages.

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NEW EBOOK: TIRAN PORTER, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS

TIRAN PORTER, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TIRAN PORTER,
THE DOOBIE
BROTHERS BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS


This collection provides accurately transcribed bass lines of The Doobie Brothers' classic hits, as played by bassist Tiran Porter. There are 10 songs taken from six albums.

Written in standard notation and TAB. 52 pages.

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QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"Now I was thinking that maybe I could even run a little tune through the chords that doesn't exist anywhere else. On "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," for example, you could easily have had root notes, whereas I was running an independent melody through it, and that became my thing."

--Paul McCartney


ESSENTIAL SECRETS

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


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 quickly but carefully analyzing what you are doing and how you sound. You must be an objective observer, giving yourself guidance on how to improve.

Why is it so important for bassists to take on the role of teacher while they’re practicing? The main reason is the nature of learning music itself.
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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 as you work on technical challenges or difficult material.

An intriguing way to deal with stress is to make sure you play the bass every day. The very process of playing music has a calming effect. Playing daily also eliminates any feelings of guilt you have about avoiding your bass. (Read more)


See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.




JAMES WHITON INTERVIEW

JAMES WHITON

"I love being in trios. A trio really allows the bass a certain amount of freedom that disappears as you add players."

"With a bow the sound becomes much more like the human voice and can be sustained."

In a wide-ranging interview in Alibi, bassist-composer James Whiton reveals some pointed facts about his band experiences and his current solo efforts. A looper plays a key role in his compositions.

Alibi article interviewing James Whiton

YouTube clip of James Whiton soloing with his looper



COVER BAND

Here are titles making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages, prices and ordering information.

ADVANCED STUDIES FOR BASS GUITAR
ADVANCED STUDIES
FOR BASS GUITAR

10 study pieces to help the modern bassist master important techniques.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE
MILES DAVIS,
KIND OF BLUE
Solo and accompaniment parts for the songs on this landmark 1959 jazz recording.


TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS
TONE NOTE
MUSIC METHOD
FOR BASS

A clear and simple method that teaches music and develops skill qiuickly.


BASS CHORD ENCYCLOPEDIA
BASS CHORD
ENCYCLOPEDIA

From jazz chord solos to heavy-funk power riffs, there are lots of uses for chords on the bass.

COUCH POTATO BASS WORKOUT
COUCH POTATO
BASS WORKOUT

A fun, straightforward approach to building bass technique while watching TV!
PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

A close look at the early fretless-bass work of this legendary session player.



FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS

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

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Rockin' Down the Highway
from The Doobie Brothes,
as played by Tiran Porter.


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

Here's a free preview of Eric's ebook Tiran Porter, The Doobie Brothers Bass Transcriptions. Rockin' Down the Highway is a Tom Johnston composition that appears on the group's 1972 album, "Toulouse Street."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Chords and Arpeggios


Jaime shows how the notes may be the same but the playing is not.



MIKE OVERLY
www.12tonemusic.com

BASS LESSON:
Bass Tone Rows


In this video lesson, GRAMMY® nominated music educator Mike Overly, author of Bass Encyclomedia, presents 13 iconic bass riffs used in the songs of Eric Clapton, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, SRV, Elvis, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Albert King and others.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 49
Memorizing an Order for
the Circle of Fifths


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, offers a neat pattern for practicing scales (played musically!) following the Circle of Fifths.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

JIMI HENDRIX: THE COMPLETE SCORES
JIMI HENDRIX:
THE COMPLETE
SCORES
This masterwork contains vocal, guitar, bass and drum parts for 52 songs from four albums in its 1040 pages. Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound in purple velvet, with a slipcase. Magnificent.

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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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.

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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