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THE LOWDOWN

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FREE STUFF! BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTIONS

FREE STUFF! TIPS AND LESSONS


ROCKETMAN: UPCOMING ELTON JOHN MOVIE


Late this month, Paramount Pictures will roll out ROCKETMAN, the story of how a pudgy kid named Reginald Dwight became the spectacular Elton John. And just as BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY made you suddenly have to know how to play Queen's hits, this likely box-office smash will suck you into Sir Elton's music. Get Aidan Hampson's transcriptions collection and start learning now!


See the official trailer for ROCKETMAN




BEST OF ELTON JOHN FOR BASS
BEST OF
ELTON JOHN
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF-



BASSIST OF THE YEAR 2019 COMPETITION

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ APRIL 2019 CLINIC

Talented amateur musicians are again vying for a chance to impress star judges. And this year adds a bass-playing category to the long-running Guitarist of the Year competition.

MusicRadar, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Bass Player and Bass Guitar magazines are on the hunt for the 2019 Guitarist of the Year, Young Guitarist of the Year, Acoustic Guitarist of the Year and Bassist of the Year.

Celebrity judges who will be evaluating players' clips posted to You Tube in the new bass category are Mark King (Level 42), Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), Joe Dart (Vulfpeck) and Robert Trujillo (Metallica).

Read all about the Bassist of the Year 2019 competition on BassPlayer.com


NEW TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS FROM AIDAN HAMPSON

Prolific transcriptionist Aidan Hampson adds two more great collections. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.

DREAM THEATER, METROPOLIS PT 2 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
DREAM THEATER
METROPOLIS PT. 2
-EBOOK/PDF-

The prog metal band's epic first concept album was a masterpiece.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE
-EBOOK/PDF-

One of the seminal albums from one of the towering figures in American jazz.


See all Aidan Hampson bass music transcription ebooks


FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ONLINE CLINIC 0519

Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation on MUSIC AS A LIFESTYLE on Tuesday, May 28. Time will be 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

"(James Brown) told me I was too busy; I was playing a lot of stuff. He loved all the different stuff I was playing, but if I were to give him the one – the one beat on every four count – and then play all that other stuff, he said, 'Then, you my boy.'"
--Bootsy Collins


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 71:
PRACTICE WHENEVER YOU CAN


Taking Advantage of Limited Time

Many bassists feel that they won’t accomplish their goals without extraordinary amounts of uninterrupted practice time. They think, “If I can’t play for two or three hours straight, it’s not worth getting started.”

But, let’s look at reality: If you’ll only practice when you have hours of free time, you’ll never get around to playing the bass at all.

It’s good to re-think your practicing strategy.
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SECRET 72:
COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE LONG TERM


Appreciating the Life-Long Pursuit of Musical Goals

As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Many bass players think there will be a point in life when they will “arrive.” In this imaginary future, they envision playing bass easily and effortlessly. The practicing will be over, and they’ll be able to play brilliantly without doing any work.

Here’s the reality: Every musical accomplishment will lead to a new set of aspirations. To rise to these challenges you’ll still want to practice, focus on your craft, and continue your artistic growth. Each day you’ll make a new practice list, spend a short amount of your limited time working through that list, and do your best to meet your goals.

Always having goals leads to a strange conundrum.
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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 a
Boopin' Blues Solo in G


Bass Play-Along video

This is a lively and rhythmic line that's fun to play, sounds great, and exercises your sense of the beat.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Major Pentatonic
Cross Correlations


In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, presents many major pentatonic scale tonal possibilities when cross correlated with more complex harmonies.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Perfect Intervals


Jaime starts an analytical study of intervals, beginning with the perfect intervals.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 7
Seventh Chords in Major Keys

John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates the 7th chord patterns and shapes for major keys, using the D Major scale in this example.



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BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

HOME PLAYER

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, mail service to many overseas destinations has been temporarily suspended. Click here to see a list of affected countries.

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

But not right now. To blunt the spread of the coronavirus and protect our loved ones and communities, we have to spend a lot more time at home. It will feel strange, but it does not need to be unproductive.

Pick up your instrument. Sit down and cradle it. Noodle out a riff. Learn a new song. Explore some new techniques. Study the style of a favorite player.

This will not last forever. But we must act forcefully and responsibly now. If what we do at this point does NOT feel like overreacting, then it is not enough.

BassBooks.com will continue operating as normally as possible, to keep you supplied with books and music. Our suppliers' warehouse and shipping facilities could be affected by shut-downs, as could deliveries by the US Postal Service and UPS. Of course, our EBOOK downloads will always be available.

Stay healthy.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
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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!

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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.

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