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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.

SONNY ROLLINS MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
SONNY ROLLINS
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG

The amazing Sonny Rollins, "the greatest living improvisor," has recorded more than 60 albums.



MILES DAVIS MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
MILES DAVIS
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
Trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Miles Davis influenced the evolution of the genre like few players.


THELONIOUS MONK MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
THELONIOUS MONK
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG

Thelonious Monk used dissonance, sharp attacks and melodic twists in a unique improvisational style.



CHARLIE PARKER MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
CHARLIE PARKER
MULTI-TRACK PLAY-ALONG
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.

These 17 songs include such favorites as Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC (Cliff Williams), Can't Get Enough from Bad Company (Boz Burrell), Long Train Runnin' by The Doobie Brothers (Tiran Porter), What Is and What Should Never Be from Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones), and many more.

You must know how to play these iconic hits.




See all Eric Beaulé bass music transcriptions here




CLASSIC ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOLUME II
CLASSIC ROCK BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS,
VOLUME II
-EBOOK/PDF-



FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ APRIL 2019 CLINIC

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 basseducinc@gmail.com.



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


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


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 69:
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.
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SECRET 70:
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.
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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:


ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

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



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

1-3 Rhythm Ratio,
Part 6


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
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Tempo Changes


Jaime introduces the "speed up" and "slow down" tempo changes: accelerando and ritardando.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

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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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!

EBOOKS

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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

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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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