NEWSLETTER: September, 2017
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NEW BOOKS: GIANTS OF BASS
Here's a brilliant new set from Stuart Clayton, revising and greatly expanding his previous book, GIANTS OF BASS. The two volumes are organized by decades, and offer in-depth analyses of the most respected, accomplished and influential bass players of the times.
The second volume of GIANTS OF BASS offers the same detailed approach, and focusses on the great players of the 1980s and 1990s.
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"The good bass player always picks his spots. . . trying to use notes which primarily let the soloist know where he is at all times. The true function of the instrument should never be forgotten."
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
TACKLE THE TOUGH STUFF
Mastering Difficult Material
In every piece of music, there is inevitably one section that seems unplayable. It’s either
too high or too fast, or it just seems too hard. Sometimes there are many of these sections.
Throughout this book, this difficult material will be called “Tough Stuff.”
The Tough Stuff is important because it reminds you of the main purpose of practicing
the bass: learning material you cannot play right now so you can master it and perform it
successfully later. As much as you might want to go over everything you already do well in
the limited amount of time you have for practicing, you need to build new skills.
USE A METRONOME
Making Sure Your Tempos Are Even
Mastering the basics will make you a great bass player. As you work on basic music elements like intonation, tone, rhythm, and dynamics, it’s essential that you learn to keep even time. Playing at a steady speed is a crucial part of mastering rhythm and an absolute must for playing successfully in any band.
If you’re serious about keeping a steady tempo, you need a metronome in your arsenal of musical accessories. The difference between practicing with a metronome and practicing without one is like the difference between driving on the freeway with your eyes open and driving while blindfolded. It’s simply too dangerous to practice without a metronome.
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.
Here are titles making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
LED ZEPPELIN IV
For its fourth album, the group shunned all branding and hype to let the music speak for itself. It was untitled, unidentified, and contained Stairway to Heaven.
GUIDE TO READING MUSIC
An excellent 3-volume set to build and refine any player's sight reading skills.
Chords play a huge role in bass playing, even if you aren't playing chords!
Also see the
One of the standard resources for learning more about slap bass lines.
A book/audio-download pack with everything to know about the 6-string bass.
The intricate, expressive bass lines to 14 songs from this amazing talent.
FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section:
|Bass Transcription of
a Lesson from Alain Caron
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.
Alain Caron gave a Master Class at Ultimate Bass Camp 2017, and here Eric presents a series of practice exercises Alain recommends. He said, "Learn the scales, the triads, chord tones and arpeggios and practice them inside and out. In all 12 keys. Over two octaves. Then from the lowest to the highest note on your bass neck. Be able to play them in your sleep."
1-1 Rhythm Ratio
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, explains how to practice the basic building blocks of rhythm: the 1-1 ratio has one beat to one counting part.
|EADG 4: Part 60
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, emphasizes how critical it is for a bass player to know chord notes and changes.
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