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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.

Here's an intriguing article on sight reading from musician, instructor and coach Bill Plake.

We have many books -- both print and ebook downloads -- to help you get better at not just recognizing what notes to play, but how to follow rhythmn, meter, feel and expression. Do it!


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SIGHT READING FOR THE BASS
SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
One of the foundational texts in the sight reading canon for bass players. Available in print or as an ebook download.



READING ODD METERS
READING
ODD METERS

There's more to life than four-four time! Practice playing and reading in odd time signatures.



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF READING RHYTHMS
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF
READING RHYTHMS

Triplets, ties, dotted notes and rests, cut time, compound time, swing, shuffle, rhythm studies, counting systems, road maps, and more!



INTEGRATED READING TECHNIQUE
INTEGRATED READING
TECHNIQUE
155 musical passages following a progression of developmental technique, melodic by design and reinforcing shape recognition in your fingers.


READ IT
READ IT
(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."



SIGHTREADING 101
SIGHTREADING 101
FOR BASS

Takes players from never having read music before to reading notes and rhythms in multiple key signatures. Over 140 exercises.



SIGHT READING WORKOUT STUDIES - 3-volume set
SIGHT READING
WORKOUT STUDIES
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF-

All three of Peter Bierma's excellent Sight Reading Workout ebooks for bass: Accidentals, Practice Material, and 101 Bass Lines.



ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 volume set
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
David Motto's masterworks in bass sight reading include audio. Order individually or as the 3-volume set, in print or ebook form.



See all our Sight Reading titles



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

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ONLINE CLINIC 0820

Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation entitled THE BEAUTY OF THE JAZZ MINOR SOUND on Tuesday, August 25. 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 101:
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.
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See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG


See all our DAVID MOTTO titles



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 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



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

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
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

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.



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 72
Double Stops


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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The BassBooks.com crew

BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

HOME PLAYER

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, mail service in general may be delayed, and it has been temporarily suspended to many overseas destinations. 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.

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, quickly and contact-free!

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!

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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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