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NEW BOOK: 100 TIPS FOR BASS GUITAR

100 TIPS FOR BASS GUITAR
100 TIPS FOR
BASS GUITAR


From the basics through sophisticated technique, here's a step-by-step guide to playing the bass from noted bassist, teacher and author Stuart Clayton. The series of graduated exercises is accompanied by an audio CD. Something for everyone!

Standard notation and TAB, 82 pages.

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NEW BOOK: ART OF SLAP FOR BASS

ART OF SLAP FOR BASS
ART OF SLAP
FOR BASS


This method book focuses on the understanding and application of modes more than the particular right- and left-hand techniques of slapping. Includes 13 songs as specific examples, and audio CD.

Standard notation and TAB. 32 pages.

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NEW EBOOK: STU COOK, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS

STU COOK, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STU COOK,
CCR BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS


This collection provides accurately transcribed bass lines of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic hits, as played by bassist Stu Cook. There are 15 songs taken from seven albums.

Written in standard notation and TAB. 61 pages.

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QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"The original setup that I had (with The Who) was eight 15-inch and sixteen 12-inch speakers, so I decided to cut that in half because I couldn’t stand in front of it. It kept sweeping me to the side."

--John Entwistle


ESSENTIAL SECRETS

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


SECRET 21:
UNDERSTAND THE 80/20 RULE


Putting In the Time on What Matters

The 80/20 Rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) says that much of life is distributed unequally. It turns out that, give or take a few points, 20% of people make 80% of the money, 20% of criminals commit 80% of the crimes, and 20% of professional actors get 80% of the roles.

When the 80/20 Rule is applied to bassists, it gives you two guidelines for organizing your practicing:

1. You make 80% of your progress from 20% of your work.

2. 20% of your music needs 80% of your practice time.

A small portion of your work and time in the practice room is giving you the biggest payoff.
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SECRET 22:
USE A PRACTICE PLANNER


Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Achieve Them

Most bassists have had the experience of starting a practice session only to draw a complete blank on what exactly they should be playing. You can easily avoid this bewildering situation by keeping a special journal for your musical life.

There are two important reasons to use a practice planner when you have limited amounts of time. First, few people can remember all the items on their musical to-do list. You can’t make progress on your music if you forget to practice it! Second, people who write down their goals are nearly twice as likely to achieve them as people who don’t write them down.

Among the essentials to write down in your practice log are:

1. What to Practice: This is the to-do list of your top practice priorities.

2. Specific Goals: Your goals focus on why you’re practicing. Knowing your goals makes your practicing more focused and efficient.
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See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.




STING TALKS LIFE, MAKING MUSIC AND AN OLD P-BASS

STING

"(T)he bass seemed to offer a kind of quiet heroism. . . . To play a contrapuntal bassline against the singing is much different to strumming along four in the bar, you know."

Gordon Sumner, whom we know as Sting, has a broad perspective on life and making music. And on playing one of the world's most beat-up Precision Basses.

Sting speaks in this engaging interview on Musicradar.com.

Sting titles in the BassBooks.com catalog.



MIKE OVERLY LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE

MIKE OVERLY

Bass player, instructor, GRAMMY® nominee and author of several excellent books we carry, Mike Overly has an impressive new website. The focus is on the educational products and programs Mike offers, but there's a lot to see and enjoy. Check out basstruth.com.

Mike Overly's titles on BassBooks.com.




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.

THE BASS PLAYER'S HANDBOOK
THE BASS
PLAYER'S HANDBOOK

Everything from skills and technique to musicianship and pro advice.



THE WORKING BASSIST'S TOOL KIT
THE WORKING
BASSIST'S TOOL KIT
Playing and listening skills, practical techniques, gigging survival tips!


TRIOS AND QUARTETS FOR DOUBLE BASS - VOL I
TRIOS AND
QUARTETS FOR
DOUBLE BASSES

Volume 1 of a 4-book set, a collection of 11 trios and 7 quartets from classical masters.


BASS IMPROVISATION
BASS
IMPROVISATION

A complete guide to jazz soloing, for advanced players.

MOTOWN BASS CLASSICS
MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS

Transcriptions of 21 bass-heavy Motown favorites.
BEAST OF THE BASS
STEVE HARRIS:
BEAST OF THE BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
18 of the most incredible heavy metal bass lines, from Iron Maiden.



FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS

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

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Down on the Corner
from Creedence Clearwater Revival,
as played by Stu Cook


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 latest ebook Stu Cook, Creedence Clearwater Revival Bass Transcriptions. Down on the Corner is a John Fogerty composition from the 1969 album, "Willy and the Poor Boys."



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Practicing Synchopation
with Scales


Jaime shows how playing scales can be turned into an effective exercise for practicing 16th-note synchopation.


MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
Minor Scales of
Major Significance


In this great lesson, Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, presents the major scale and its relative natural minor scale, clarifies the major pentatonic scale and minor pentatonic scale, and reveals the minor pentatonic scale's relation to the minor hexatonic scale.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 43
The Modal System
Up Close: Aeolian


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Aeolian Mode.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SOUL FINGERS: DONALD
SOUL FINGERS:
DONALD "DUCK" DUNN

The life and music of one of the most influential bass players ever, with rare photos, stories, audio demos, gear notes, transcriptions of 57 hit bass lines. A remarkable new package.

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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