NEWSLETTER: October, 2019
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FREE STUFF! BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTIONS
FREE STUFF! TIPS AND LESSONS
NEW ERIC BEAULÉ TRANSCRIPTION EBOOK: JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
John Cougar Mellencamp is one of the founding practitioners of heartland rock. He writes and performs songs about the simple drama of rural American life, with what he once called "a raw Appalachian" lyrical outlook.
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NEW AIDAN HAMPSON BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS
There was no one like the Queen of Soul. These bass lines for 12 favorites were played by Tommy Cogbill, Jerry Jemmott and Chuck Rainey.
BEST OF FRANK ZAPPA
This profoundly creative composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist self-produced more than 60 albums.
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QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"One thing I'm going to tell you about Aretha . . .she wasn't about no bull. If you didn't play her music right, you would be beheaded. I learned from Aretha how to be a hard-playing guy. You got to give 100 percent, and when I played with her, I gave 100 percent."
--Ralphe Armstrong, Aretha Franklin's bass player for 30 years
FREE ONLINE BASS CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation on THE LATIN BASS on Tuesday, October 29. Time will be 9:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at email@example.com.
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.
Knowing What Matters to You
Everyone knows what success is. Success is when you succeed! However, only you can define what success means for you. Feelings of success are highly personal, and you should develop your own definition of success so you know when you achieve it.
In general, there are two ways to choose your definition of musical success:
1. Using external cues like a reviewer’s opinion about your performance or the amount you were paid for a gig.
2. Focusing on internal benchmarks that other people may not even recognize, such as mastering a particular piece of music or developing a new technique that lets you be more expressive.
The external signs of success are public and easier to see, but the internal have more meaning. The main difference between these two is who decides when you’re successful.
The Power of Objective Listening
As a practicing musician you are expected to do the impossible. While playing, you are supposed to listen carefully to identify everything that needs improvement.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to play bass and listen to yourself at the same time. Trying to critique your sound as you create it is distracting and lessens your ability to play your best in the first place!
What’s more, musicians are often inaccurate when they assess their own playing. You might think that a run-through went well because it felt good to play, regardless of the actual sound produced. Similarly, performers who struggle through a few sections often report that the run-through went badly—even if they played beautifully. These subjective judgments give you an unclear picture of the true quality of your bass playing.
If you want to save enormous amounts of time in the practice room, don’t evaluate yourself as you play. Instead, record a run-through. Do not judge or criticize your performance as you create it.
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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.
Bass Transcription of
Rain on the Scarecrow
by John Cougar Mellencamp
This is a haunting contemplation on the passing of the American family farm.
It's one of 15 hit songs in Eric's ebook,
JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
| Tonal Center Number
vs Tone Number
In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, wades into some critical distinctions in discussing tonal centers.
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
| BASS TIPS:
Seven Essential Scales
Jaime lays out the first scales every bass player must know.
EADG 4: Part 33
Doctor Doctor and the Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates this great 1975 instrument to the 1974 UFO song.
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