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BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS -- STILL

As states and communities begin creeping out of lockdown, we still need to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and not race too quickly back into normalcy. Keep a good attitude by playing your instrument and learning some new songs and techniques. Books and music are Good Things! In particular, consider our EBOOKS, which come as quick and easy downloads.

Stay safe. Play on. Be well.


NEW BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS EBOOK: BILL WITHERS


When Bill Withers started recording in 1970, he didn't quit his day job in an aircraft assembly plant. And in 1985, he walked away from the music business to pursue other interests.

"I wasn't socialized as a musician," he once told an interviewer. "It wasn't the only way I knew how to live."

But in those short 15 years of recording, the work of this honest, sensitive singer/songwriter helped define the sound of 1970s soul music.

Aidan Hampson has collected the bass lines to 11 Bill Withers hits, as played by such brilliant bass talent as Donald "Duck" Dunn, Melvin Dunlap and Marcus Miller.

Standard notation and TAB. 37 pages.

 

BILL WITHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BILL WITHERS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


See all Aidan Hampson bass music transcription ebooks



QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"Don’t cheat yourself out of music. Music is one thing. The music business is another thing. Let your reward be in the doing of it."
--Bill Withers


FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

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Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation entitled THE NEW FRONTIERS on Tuesday, June 30. 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 97:
PRACTICE IN YOUR CONCERT CLOTHES


Making Sure You're Ready for the Spotlight

Whether your performance garb is white-tie and tails or ripped jeans and flannel shirt, you need to be sure you can play well in your concert clothes.

Many bassists practice in the comfort of their own home. They wear sweatpants, shorts, T-shirts. Perhaps they’re barefoot. All of this is fine at home. You should feel comfortable when you practice. But, at some point, you’ll need to start thinking about playing in public. This means deciding what to wear on stage.

Stage clothing causes problems for many musicians. There are stories of opera divas whose corsets constrict their breathing and backup singers who can’t sit down in their vinyl mini-skirts.
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SECRET 98:
ATTEND LIVE PERFORMANCES


Going to Concerts Inspires Your Playing

Becoming a great bassist takes more than great practicing. The practice room is a solitary place, and it’s important not to isolate yourself from the real world. You should perform with other musicians and see live music whenever you can.

Attending live performances promotes your growth as an artist, lets you see the world’s finest musicians, and gives you ideas to try in your own performances. You’ll find countless ways to integrate the sights and sounds of a live performance into your bass playing.

The impact of attending live performances on up-and-coming musicians is especially profound. All it takes is one remarkable concert to inspire a renewed commitment to daily practicing, higher standards, and loftier goals.
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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
James Jamerson-style Lick Using All 12 Keys


In the style of James Jamerson, here's a Motown-flavored pattern that works through 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: James Jamerson Lick in all 12 Keys



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Melodic Minor Cross Correlations, Part 2

In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, introduces the melodic minor dorian mode.

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



JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Bass Guitar Tunings


Jaime presents the common tuning schemes for 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 73
Musical Terms for the Bass Guitar


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores a range of musical terms as they apply to the bass guitar.



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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 jammers, fans of live music -- getting together is what we do.

But we have to be careful for a while yet. To control the spread of the coronavirus and protect our loved ones and communities, we have to spend more time at home, and less gathering with crowds.

Do something useful with this downtime. Pick up your instrument. Noodle on 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 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.

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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