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FLEA'S ADVICE FOR BASS PLAYERS

"Create the atmosphere for everyone else to be beautiful. You're giving the ground that everyone else dances upon."

YouTube has lots of instructive clips from Flea, the slappin' and poppin' bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers. In this one, he gives his best advice to bass players, saying your job is to listen, support and provide a foundation.

Great advice, honestly presented.

"Listening to everyone else is the most important thing you can ever do."

See all our titles featuring Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers here.



NEW BOOK: ROCK HOUSE BASS GUITAR

ROCK HOUSE BASS GUITAR
ROCK HOUSE
BASS GUITAR


This Master Edition is the Bass version of the award-winning Rock House Method. Essential techniques, all musical genres, all skill levels. Download from the publisher includes video lessons and audio backing tracks. A complete and detailed course!

TAB only (no standard notation). 152 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on ROCK HOUSE BASS GUITAR




QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"I like music because music is an easy subject, and it comes easier to me than any other subject."
--James Jamerson, high school English composition, 1956


NEW BOOK: MASTERING THE BOW, PART 2: SPICCATO

MASTERING THE BOW PART TWO
MASTERING THE BOW,
PART 2: SPICCATO


Second in the series of excellent studies by Gaelen McCormick, this volume defines, examines and elaborates upon each variety of spiccato bow stroke in detail. Collections of etudes have been carefully selected and guidelines are provided for studies on all aspects of spiccato playing.

Written in standard notation (no TAB). 72 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on MASTERING THE BOW, PART 2: SPICCATO




ESSENTIAL SECRETS

Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.


SECRET 25:
KNOW WHAT NOT TO DO


Avoiding Common Mistakes

Sometimes, all you need to have a successful practice session is to avoid the common mistakes that can ruin the experience. By being aware of unsuccessful practice techniques, you can be more productive and save huge amounts of time.

Most bassists have never received any guidance on how to practice. They fumble their way through their practice sessions, hoping for a positive outcome. Maybe they think that playing something badly over and over again will somehow lead to a perfect performance! If these bassists knew what to avoid when practicing, they would learn faster than ever before.

Remember this list of what not to do:

· Don’t practice mistakes. The errors you make while practicing can and will find their way into your performances!

· Don’t run through a song from beginning to end every time you play it. Instead, save time by practicing only the parts that truly need the work.
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SECRET 26:
SLOW IT DOWN


The Magic of Muscle Memory

Here’s something most bassists never think about: Whenever you play, your muscles create every sound that comes out of your instrument. If your muscles don’t perform perfectly, you get wrong notes, imprecise rhythms, and poor tone. But, you can’t consciously think about the movements your muscles make. Your thoughts need to be on more important things. So, your muscles must be able to do their job without receiving conscious commands from your brain.

The good news is that your muscles have a memory system of their own. Muscle memory lets you execute precise sequences of actions automatically. When the muscles learn a musical passage correctly, you will perform that music without thinking about it.

One thing is clear though. Don’t teach your muscles mistakes.
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COVER BAND

Here are titles making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages, prices and ordering information.

FINGERBOARD HARMONY FOR BASS
FINGERBOARD
HARMONY FOR BASS

Build your ability to visualize harmony on the 4-, 5- and 6-string neck.



JIMI HENDRIX - ARE YOU EXPERIENCED
JIMI HENDRIX:
ARE YOU
EXPERIENCED
Transcriptions for the bass lines of 17 classics from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


FRETLESS BASS
FRETLESS BASS
Bunny Brunel and Josquin de Prés team up to develop your fretless skills.


R&B BASS MASTERS
R&B BASS
MASTERS
A close examination of the legendary bassists who shaped modern music.


EARLY ROCK BASS PLAY-ALONG
EARLY ROCK
BASS PLAY-ALONG

Eight hit songs with enhanced CD (adjust the tempo on your computer).
JACO PASTORIUS BASS METHOD
JACO PASTORIUS
BASS METHOD

Lessons, tips and techniques straight from a player who is maybe the best ever.




FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS

This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section:

ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

Bass Transcription of
Locked Out of Heaven
from Bruno Mars


This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.

This is the rhythmically playful bass line played by Nick Movshon. The song is off Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox album of 2012.



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Reinforcing Your Knowledge
of the Fretboard


Jaime shares an easy exercise he learned from Joe Satriani.


MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

BASS LESSON:
Two-Octave
Z-Angle Scales


In this video lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, shows you how to apply the Z Angle to efficiently play two-octave scales on a 4-string bass.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 44
The Modal System
Up Close: Locrian


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the Locrian Mode.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SOUL FINGERS: DONALD
SOUL FINGERS:
DONALD "DUCK" DUNN

The life and music of one of the most influential bass players ever, with rare photos, stories, audio demos, gear notes, transcriptions of 57 hit bass lines. A remarkable new package.

BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE

GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES
GROOVING
WITH HYBRID
TECHNIQUES

THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET
CONCEPT

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also:
-ONLINE COURSE-
THE BASSIST's GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS TAB WHITE PAGES
BASS TAB
WHITE PAGES
(200 songs!)



CHUCK RAINEY'S
COMPLETE
ELECTRIC
BASS PLAYER


LEFT-HANDED
BASS TAB
METHOD

SANTANA'S
GREATEST HITS
2+2=5
A STUDY IN
ODD TIMES

THE LATIN
BASS BOOK


THE REAL EASY
EAR TRAINING
BOOK

ADVANCED
STUDIES FOR
BASS GUITAR

CLASSIC FUNK
AND R&B
GROOVES
FOR BASS

BASS
FRETBOARD
FACTS

BEST OF
MARCUS MILLER


ARPEGGIO
WOODSHEDDING
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

PINO PALLADINO:
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
THE BEST OF
YES FOR BASS
JAMES BROWN:
BASS PLAY-ALONG

MILES DAVIS:
KIND OF BLUE
STEVE BAILEY'S
FRETLESS BASS

THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL HYMNS
-EBOOK/PDF-


DIY ELECTRIC
BASS
THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BASS BOOK
THE
JOHN ENTWISTLE
BASS BOOK
THE EVOLVING BASSIST
THE EVOLVING
BASSIST:
MILLENIUM
EDITION

EADG 4
EADG 4
BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR
BACH CELLO
SUITES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

FRETBOARD ARCANUM
FRETBOARD
ARCANUM
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO: THE
DOCUMENTARY
-DVD-

-BLU-RAY-
BERRY OAKLEY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


HEARING
BASS LINES,
COMPLETE
BUNDLE
-EBOOK/PDF-

RICKENBACKER
ELECTRIC BASS


HOFNER VIOLIN
BEATLE BASS
BASS
BIBLE
THE SWING OF
THE LATIN BASS

EXPOSED:
SOLO MUSIC
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEST OF
MEGADETH
TODD JOHNSON
ELECTRIC BASS
TECHNIQUE
BUILDERS


THE COUCH
POTATO BASS
WORKOUT
ABBEY ROAD
TO
ZIGGY STARDUST
NATHAN EAST:
THE BUSINESS
OF BASS
-DVD-


GUNS N' ROSES
FOR BASS

CHARLIE PARKER
FOR BASS

CRACKING THE
DETROIT CODE
-ONLINE COURSE-


SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS
25 ESSENTIAL
ROCK BASS
CLASSICS


NIRVANA:
THE BASS GUITAR
COLLECTION

BASS PLAYER:
THE
FRETLESS BASS


THE REAL BOOK
VOL. 1
BASS CLEF
JACO
PASTORIUS
THE BEST OF
VICTOR WOOTEN

WALKING BASSLINES
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
BEYOND
BASSLINES: FROM
BACH TO BRAHMS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEATLES:
1967-1970


STANLEY CLARKE
COLLECTION

101 BASS TIPS
SLAP BASS LINES

RED HOT
CHILI PEPPERS:
GREATEST HITS


BUNNY BRUNEL'S
POWER BASS:
SOLOING SECRETS
100 BLUES
LESSONS
100 JAZZ
LESSONS

100 ROCK
LESSONS


100 FUNK/R&B
LESSONS
AFRO-CUBAN
SLAP BASS LINES
BEST OF
TOWER OF POWER
FOR BASS

BASS
STANDARDS
BERKLEE PRACTICE
METHOD: BASS

THE SCOTT
LAFARO BOOK


HOW THE
FENDER BASS
CHANGED
THE WORLD


KEITH
FERGUSON:
TEXAS BLUES
BASS
EDLY'S MUSIC
THEORY FOR
PRACTICAL
PEOPLE


ESSSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK ONE
ESSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK TWO

MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS
OTEIL
BURBRIDGE
-DVD-


SIGHT READING FUNK RYTHMNS FOR BASS
SIGHT READING
FUNK RHYTHMS
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN
THE SHADOWS
OF MOTOWN


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 1
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. I
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 2
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. II
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

STEVE HARRIS: THE BEAST OF THE BASS
STEVE HARRIS:
THE BEAST OF
THE BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FRETBOARD
ALCHEMY
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

SEARCH

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

HARMONIC ANALYSIS
HARMONIC ANALYSIS
-EBOOK/PDF-

This massive, detailed course enables you to analyze any chord progression, giving you tremendous power to write and improvise music. Downloadable HD videos and 72-page PDF book.

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.

BASS METHOD BOOK 1
BASS METHOD
BOOK ONE
A classic of bass instruction presenting notes, patterns, rhythms and over 100 songs and riffs. Includes audio CD.

BASS FOR BEGINNERS
BASS FOR
BEGINNERS
This fine book/CD package provides the basic tools for solid, fundamental electric bass playing.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CHORDS AND CHORD SHAPES FOR BASS GUITAR
CHORDS AND
CHORD SHAPES
FOR
BASS GUITAR
-EBOOK/PDF-
A highly ambitious ebook of fretboard charts, showing chords in all keys and forms. Indispensable!

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QUOTE -- UNQUOTE

"Music is in the air. It's my job to pull it out."
--Jaco Pastorius

"I try to make sure my part is notable -- that it's not only right for the song, but also represents the bass in the highest light."
--Nathan East

"The art of music is governed by the laws of harmony, theory and rhythm. These laws and theories must be studied in order to attain and maintain precious, unforseen rewards."
--Chuck Rainey

"Even when playing the simplest song with just whole notes, make sure that they're very good whole notes!"
--Larry Paxton

"It's the bass that makes them dance."
--Darcy Wright

"Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin."
--Suzi Quatro

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