NEWSLETTER: August, 2017
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NEW BOOK: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF DONALD "DUCK" DUNN
Donald "Duck" Dunn was one of the most influential bass players ever, his essential grooves powering countless soul, R&B, blues and rock recordings of the '60s and '70s.
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"My goal was to be able to play solos on the bass like John Coltrane or Herbie Hancock do on their instruments."
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
FIGURE OUT FINGERINGS FIRST
Making Left Hand Decisions Affects Everything Else
Before you can add all the elements of a song that make it exciting to listen to, you’ve got to play the correct notes with the correct fingers. Left hand fingering on the bass is particularly challenging. Fret spacing in the lower positions is huge, riffs can be played on different strings, and nearly every note on the bass is available at multiple locations on the fretboard.
Start with some experimentation to figure out your fingerings. With each new song you will find yourself in a discovery phase.
IMPROVE THE GROOVE
Adding Spice to Any Song
Advanced techniques like slapping and tapping, chordal playing, and harmonics are all used by bass soloists today. However, the primary responsibility of bass players is to create bass lines that define the groove and feel of songs. Focusing on groove playing should be part of your practicing every day.
The exact definition of the groove—and deciding just what makes some playing “in the pocket” while other bass lines narrowly miss this elusive and blissful state—is open to debate. However, there are several aspects of your bass technique that will improve any groove you play.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.
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If you want to hear chord changes better and understand how they function in a key center, this course is ideal. Extensive audio samples.
STUDIES FOR BASS
This set of three volumes makes up one of the great sightreading resources.
A great way to learn and play your favorites: read the TAB, follow along with the full audio, then play with the backing tracks.
Basic technique and the classic rock grooves every player needs to know. Get off to a solid start.
A must-have reference on contemporary styles for anyone writing, performing or producing music.
Some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest bassists.
FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section.
|Bass Transcription of
With a Little Help From My Friends
from The Beatles
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.
Paul McCartney plays an especially distinctive bass line on this song, under Ringo's lead vocal. The song is off the 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
|JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
| BASS TIPS:
Tapping the Bossa Nova
Jaime shows how to tap the clave while grooving the bossa nova.
|EADG 4: Part 10
The Minor Pentatonic Scale
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explores the very useful Minor Pentatonic scale.
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