NEWSLETTER: May, 2018
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NEW EBOOK: ERIC CHURCH BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
Country singer-songwriter Eric Church has had a prolific career. His five albums span from Sinners Like Me (2006) to Mr. Misunderstood (2015). Some of his No. 1 singles have resulted from collaborations with the likes of Keith Urban and Jason Aldean.
MORE NEW AIDAN HAMPSON TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS
Aidan Hampson adds four more titles to his collection of bass transcription ebooks. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
|See all Aidan Hampson bass transcription ebooks|
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"Playing lifts you out of yourself into a delirious place."
--Jacqueline du Pré, British cellist
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
PLAY BY EAR
The Importance of Playing What Your Hear
Jazz, pop, and rock bassists play by ear on a regular basis. But, you may still rely on charts, tab, and video instruction to learn most songs. Playing by ear offers you many benefits, including memorizing music more quickly, matching the phrasing of other musicians, learning new genres of music, and strengthening your ensemble skills.
In your practice room, listen to a recording and try these techniques:
1. Play the bass lines you hear. Do more than focus on pitch. Pay special attention to matching the rhythms and octaves accurately.
2. Listen to the melody. Find its first note on your bass. Play as much of the melody as you can. Playing the first phrase may take several attempts; it’s normal for this process to be challenging!
FOCUS ON PHYSICAL COMFORT
Playing with Ease
The physical positions used to play the bass can be unnatural. Because of this, it’s important to remain as comfortable as possible while you’re playing.
If you stand while you play, make sure your legs feel loose and your knees are not locked. Balance your weight over both feet and be wary of always putting your weight on just your heels or only the balls of your feet.
If you sit while playing, use a comfortable chair or stool. Be sure the height of your chair and position of your music stand are adjusted to be comfortable for you. You may need to use a pad to support your back or to help your overall posture.
Comfort can also be increased by making your playing stress-free. To lower the physical stress of playing your instrument, relax your shoulders, keep your left hand grip loose, and bend all of your joints naturally.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.
Here are titles making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
This book/audio-download package covers everything you need to master the 6-string bass, and includes 99 demo audio tracks.
The pyrotechnics of Heavy Metal guitar technique come to the electric bass.
Style analysis, transcriptions and personal history of the brilliant bassist of Level 42.
Bass lines for 15 of David Bowie's best songs, taken from nine of his albums.
THE POLICE BASS
Hits from Sting and his pals, in this great play-along format: you can slow the tempo without changing pitch!
Demonstrates musical relationships that an improviser can use to create fresh sounding musical content.
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
by Eric Church
This is the bass line for Eric Church's popular Record Year, off the Mr. Misunderstood album of 2015.
See lots more Eric Church bass lines in Eric Beaulé's ebook:
ERIC CHURCH BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS.
| 1:2 Rhythm Ratio,
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, defines syncopation and notates a syncopated rhythm three different ways.
|EADG 4: Part 65
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, takes an up-close look at chords, showing their shapes, strumming patterns, fingerpicking, and arpeggios.
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