NEWSLETTER: August 2020
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SIGHT READING -- YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BE BETTER
Quickly learn new songs. Improve your musicianship. Avoid embarrassment. All this and more comes from reading music better.
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FOR THE BASS
One of the foundational texts in the sight reading canon for bass players. Available in print or as an ebook download.
There's more to life than four-four time! Practice playing and reading in odd time signatures.
Triplets, ties, dotted notes and rests, cut time, compound time, swing, shuffle, rhythm studies, counting systems, road maps, and more!
155 musical passages following a progression of developmental technique, melodic by design and reinforcing shape recognition in your fingers.
(NO MORE EXCUSES)
Rod Goelz's approach is direct: "Give 'em a book that makes it fun to learn how to read music, and they will learn how to read music."
Takes players from never having read music before to reading notes and rhythms in multiple key signatures. Over 140 exercises.
All three of Peter Bierma's excellent Sight Reading Workout ebooks for bass: Accidentals, Practice Material, and 101 Bass Lines.
STUDIES FOR BASS
David Motto's masterworks in bass sight reading include audio. Order individually or as the 3-volume set, in print or ebook form.
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QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"Sight-reading is as much an attitude as it is a skill. When in doubt, shout it out!"
--David Hughes, saxophonist
FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
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.
PUT ON YOUR GAME FACE
Remaining Calm in All Circumstances
No matter what happens in a performance, you cannot allow your audience to know that you’re unhappy with your playing. You’ve got to remain neutral, showing no signs at all that anything’s wrong. Reveal nothing.
Essentially, when you’re on stage you are as much an actor as a musician. The role you’re playing is an extremely confident poker player, willing to bluff whenever necessary.
The good news is that your audience does not know your intentions. If something doesn’t go according to plan, the audience will never know the difference unless you give away the secret. The not-so-good news is that every nuance of your body language is in plain sight. Anytime you react to what’s happening musically—whether good or bad—your audience will notice.
To work on your game face, try these virtuoso performer tricks:
1. Never stop playing. Keep going as if you meant to do whatever you just did.
2. Move in time to the music. Continue moving in time even if something goes wrong.
3. Do not roll your eyes, move your head, smile, or make a face if you mess up.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG
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FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section:
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.
Transcription of the bass line for
Long Train Runnin'
from the Doobie Brothers
Here's the bass line as played by Tiran Porter on this favorite from the 1973 album, The Captain and Me.
See all Eric Beaulé transcriptions available in our catalog
| Tonal Center Domino vs Modal Domino
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, clarifies the difference between Tonal Center and Mode.
Check out Mike's excellent book, TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS, Book 1
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
| BASS TIPS:
Scales and Modes for Rock
Jaime highlights the importance of scales and modes used on the bass, either for grooving or soloing, in the rock music genre.
EADG 4: Part 72
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses and demonstrates double stops and how they relate to musical technique and musical situations.
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