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NEW BOOK: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF DONALD "DUCK" DUNN

SOUL FINGERS: DONALD
SOUL FINGERS:
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.

SOUL FINGERS is a unique new offering from bassist/author/researcher Nick Rosaci, exploring Duck's life and music through rare photos, stories, over an hour of downloadable audio demonstrations and play-alongs, gear info and transcriptions of 57 hit-song bass lines.

For everyone who has longed for more insight into Duck Dunn's incomparable work, this high-value package is indispensable.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on SOUL FINGERS: DONALD "DUCK" DUNN




QUOTE - UNQUOTE

"My goal was to be able to play solos on the bass like John Coltrane or Herbie Hancock do on their instruments."
--Bunny Brunel


ESSENTIAL SECRETS

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


SECRET 29:
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.
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SECRET 30:
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.
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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 and prices.

HEARING CHORD PROGRESSIONS
HEARING CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

If you want to hear chord changes better and understand how they function in a key center, this course is ideal. Extensive audio samples.



ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
This set of three volumes makes up one of the great sightreading resources.


MEGADETH BASS PLAY-ALONG
MEGADETH BASS
PLAY-ALONG

A great way to learn and play your favorites: read the TAB, follow along with the full audio, then play with the backing tracks.
ROCK BASS BASICS
ROCK BASS
BASICS

Basic technique and the classic rock grooves every player needs to know. Get off to a solid start.



ESSENTIAL GROOVES
ESSENTIAL
GROOVES
A must-have reference on contemporary styles for anyone writing, performing or producing music.


JAMES JAMERSON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES JAMERSON
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

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.


ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

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
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Tapping the Bossa Nova


Jaime shows how to tap the clave while grooving the bossa nova.


JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ROCK BASS SONGS FOR DUMMIES
ROCK BASS SONGS
FOR DUMMIES

Notes, techniques, and performance tips to play 38 great songs. Includes background information for a bit of rock trivia fun!

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

ESSENTIAL GROOVES
ESSENTIAL GROOVES
For Writing, Performing and Producing Contemporary Music: This comprehensive book/CD/DVD package pulls together everything you need to know about the important styles that have influenced contemporary music. 41 different grooves, with multi-track 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.

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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