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BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Keep your spirits up and put your stay-at-home time to good use. Learn some new songs or explore some new techniques. We are here to help, and to keep you supplied with books and music. Consider our EBOOKS especially, which come as quick and easy downloads.

Stay safe. Play on. Be well.


NEW BOOK: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE - BASS


A Comprehensive Method for Jazz Style and Improvisation

This book presents jazz basics using familiar songs and introduces improvisation starting with simple phrases. It offers scales and basic theory, and backs it all up with audio play-along tracks (downloaded or on CDs by request).

Standard notation only (no TAB). 52 pages. By Mike Steinel.

 

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE: BASS
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
FOR JAZZ ENSEMBE-
BASS



QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"If I don't practice for a day, I know it... for two days, the critics know it... three days, the public knows it."
--Louis Armstrong


FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ONLINE CLINIC 0420

Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation entitled INSTRUMENTAL on Tuesday, April 28. Time will be 9:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at [email protected]



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 93:
TRANSITION FROM PRACTICING TO PERFORMING


Getting Ready for the Stage

Once you can play all the notes for an upcoming concert, the practice room needs to become a performance preparation room. During this phase, you go from learning to mastery. Mastery means automatically playing your music from start to finish.

These are virtuoso techniques that will make you a performance master:

1. Visualization #1: Hear the music in your head and feel yourself playing it. Any difficulties during your visualization will likely be real issues on stage.
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SECRET 94:
PRACTICE PERFORMING


Putting on the Pressure

The previous strategy outlined the crucial transition from practicing to performing. This secret takes it to the next level.

When you walk on stage, you need to be in control and ready to face the pressure of live performing. The best way to do this is to put the pressure on yourself at home—so you’re used to it. The ultimate technique to prepare for a live show is to play a Performance Run-Through. This is the step-by-step process:

1. Schedule Your “Performance”: Don’t just say, “I’ll do it Tuesday.” Tell yourself, “I’m performing Tuesday at 8:15pm.”
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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.

Transcription of a
Rockin' Blues Bass Solo in C


Here's a fun and fast solo line to develop your touch and timing.

This play-along video includes TAB, and has an accompaniment-only
section to let you carry the solo on your own.

Video Play-Along: Rockin' Blues Bass Solo in C



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Plectrum

In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, discusses the humble pick and its role in bass playing.

Check out Mike's excellent book, TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS, Book 1



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Slap Basic Patterns, Part 1


Jaime introduces the thumb slap and offers some excercises to perfect it.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 34
Proper String Changing Technique


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, walks us through the correct way to change bass strings.



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Cheers, and be well.
The BassBooks.com crew

BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

HOME PLAYER

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, mail service in general may be delayed, especially to overseas destinations. It is suspended entirely to some countries. Click here to see a list.

Musicians are not good social distancers. Performers, teachers, students, garage jammers, fans of live music -- getting together is what we do.

But we have to be careful for a while yet, and not gather in crowds. BassBooks.com is operating as normally as possible, to keep you in books and music. Our suppliers' warehouse and shipping facilities could be impacted, as could deliveries by the US Postal Service and UPS. Of course, our EBOOK downloads will always be available, quickly and contact-free!

Stay healthy.

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

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.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

JOSQUIN DES PRES

JOSQUIN DES PRES
Bass player, record producer, songwriter, and TV composer Josquin Des Pres has also found time to write many instructive books for bass. His work includes everything from funk and hip hop and R&B to classical music, sight reading, fretless and even music-career advice.

Click here to see all Josquin's books.

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