NEWSLETTER: April, 2019
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FREE STUFF! BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTIONS
FREE STUFF! TIPS AND LESSONS
NEW BASS BOOKS ADDED TO OUR CATALOG
Here's the perfect way to improve your playing and master the works of these Giants of Jazz. The Real Book Multi-Track Play-Along series books present 10 great songs from each artist, with lead sheets for bass clef as well as for C, B♭ and E♭ instruments.
The audio-video download is highly flexible. You see your transcription page with a moving marker, and in additon to changing tempo (without changing pitch), you can customize the mix of bass, drums, guitar, piano and horn with on-off buttons for each instrument. It's a fun and highly effective learning tool.
The amazing Sonny Rollins, "the greatest living improvisor," has recorded more than 60 albums.
Trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Miles Davis influenced the evolution of the genre like few players.
Thelonious Monk used dissonance, sharp attacks and melodic twists in a unique improvisational style.
Charlie Parker had lightning-fast sax technique, and found unexpected chord substitutions and harmonies.
NEW TRANSCRIPTION EBOOK FROM ERIC BEAULÉ
Eric Beaulé has followed up his first collection of CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS with this new ebook of more hits that defined their era.
CLASSIC ROCK BASS
FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation on Getting Ready for the Live Performance on Tuesday, April 30. Time will be 9:00 pm in Jaime's native Puerto Rico; that's 8:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"I just wanted more of a challenge, a totally different tonality, which I kind of kick myself for, because playing this fretless thing is like rasslin' an alligator."
--Les Claypool to Geddy Lee
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.
PLAY MUSIC YOU LIKE
Making Practicing Inspirational and Fun
This secret sounds crazy. Of course you’ll play music you like! Otherwise, what’s the point of playing bass at all?
Well, to master the bass guitar, you’ll need to do some drills and scales. These exercises could be tedious. Additionally, you’ll need to learn some challenging music to develop specific technical skills. There is no promise that you are going to enjoy playing this music, but you will definitely become a better bassist by learning it.
Just as important though, you’ve got to play music you truly like and sincerely want to learn. These songs are the reason you were drawn to play bass in the first place.
PRACTICE EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO
Sticking to Your Schedule
It's important to make practicing a regular part of your life. Even on the days when you don't want to touch your bass, getting started is essential. That’s one reason why scheduling your practicing is such a good idea. It’s nice to think of practicing the same way as any other activity on your calendar.
There’s another intriguing thing about practicing when you don’t feel like it. When you actually start playing the bass, your negative feelings melt away. Worrying is much worse than simply taking action. Playing bass is fun, so what exactly is it you’re trying to avoid?
When you don’t feel like practicing, the reasons you feel this way have nothing to do with bass playing per se.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG
See all our DAVID MOTTO titles
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 several titles we carry.
Bass Transcription of
La Grange from ZZ Top
Here's an oldie but a goodie: one of ZZ Top's most successful singles about a certain little house outside La Grange, Texas. It was on the Tres Hombres album of 1973.
This song is one of 17 iconic hits in Eric's new ebook,
CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II
| 1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, introduces the sixteenth-note triplet in a 1:6 rhythm ratio.
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
| BASS TIPS:
Jaime introduces the "speed up" and "slow down" tempo changes: accelerando and ritardando.
EADG 4: Part 4
Chords in Major Keys
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores further the building of chords in the major keys.
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