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BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS -- CONTINUED

Yes, it's going to go on for a while. And while it does, we can do best by ourselves and our loved ones by staying cheerful and productive. Learn some new songs or explore some new techniques. Books and music are Good Things in a lockdown! Consider our EBOOKS especially, which come as quick and easy downloads.

Stay safe. Play on. Be well.


NEW BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS EBOOK: BEST OF THE BEE GEES


The Gibb brothers began singing in their native England and then Australia in the late '50s, were pop-rock stars in the late '60s, and became disco kings in the late '70s.

Best remembered for their soundtrack to the hit movie "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), The Bee Gees' success and exceptional songwriting talents spanned decades and genres. Only The Beatles and The Supremes out-ranked them in Billboard charts history.

Aidan Hampson has collected the bass lines -- played mainly by Maurice Gibb -- to 12 of their hit songs for this ebook.

Standard notation and TAB. 42 pages.

 

BEST OF THE BEE GEES BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF THE BEE GEES
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


See all Aidan Hampson bass music transcription ebooks



QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"It's very hard to write a song alone. It's only by jamming that you can get a song together."
--Maurice Gibb


FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ONLINE CLINIC 0520

Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation entitled THE NEW REALITY on Tuesday, May 26. Time will be 9:00 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


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 95:
PURPOSEFULLY DISTRACT YOURSELF


Creating Concert-Like Conditions at Home

Standing on stage feels very different than playing bass in your practice space. In addition to seeing an audience and having to perform in unfamiliar surroundings, you’ll often encounter distractions during a performance. You name it, and some musician has had to deal with it at some time or other. Common distractions include:

· In concert halls: sneezing, coughing, cell phones ringing, someone getting up and walking out, applause when you least expect it.

· In clubs and restaurants: flash photography, noisy espresso makers, big screen TV’s, bathroom doors slamming, the venue’s music system coming on while you’re playing.
(Read more)



SECRET 96:
MAKE YOURSELF UNCOMFORTABLE


Knowing That You Can Perform No Matter What

One aspect of the music world that doesn’t get talked about often is how uncomfortable the performance environment can be. From freezing cold dressing rooms to hot lights on stage, concert conditions can have a damaging effect on you and your bass. Extreme temperatures, humidity, dryness, and bad lighting are all part of the realities of playing in public. Musicians have almost no control over these conditions.

So, in your practice room you need to prepare yourself for the discomforts of being on stage. Try playing under these circumstances for one practice session each this week:

· Blast your air conditioning. Or, if it’s winter, don’t turn on your heat. Cold temperatures make it difficult to move your fingers, and your instrument’s frets and strings will feel cold to the touch. If it’s very cold, your strings will tighten up, causing your bass to go sharp.
(Read more)


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
Cool Blues Lick Using All 12 Keys


This clever blues pattern works up and down the neck catching all 12 keys.

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

Video Play-Along: Cool Blues Lick in all 12 Keys



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Melodic Minor Cross Correlations, Part 1

In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, begins an introduction to the many uses of melodic minor modes.

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 2


Jaime builds on his introduction to slap technique.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 45
Inspiring Practice Spaces


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses how to make your practice space inspirational.



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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 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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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.

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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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