NEWSLETTER: December, 2017
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NEW EBOOKS FROM AIDAN HAMPSON
Aidan Hampson adds six more titles to his collection of bass transcription ebooks. Click on the covers or titles for complete details, sample pages and prices.
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"Once I realized the song was king, I didn't worry so much about the bass notes."
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
INCREASE YOUR TEMPO GRADUALLY
Staying in Control Gives You the Best Results
Many of the time-saving strategies in this book focus on learning notes accurately and efficiently. Once you know all the notes, though, you’ve got to learn to play them at the performance speed.
The secret to building your tempo is to always play at a speed where you have complete control of every note. You start slowly, and build your tempos by the smallest of margins. It’s simply a waste of time to radically increase your tempo to a speed where you have no hope of playing everything correctly.
Here’s a foolproof process for increasing tempos that works every time:
1. Master the music at a slow tempo. This means you can consistently play all pitches, rhythms, dynamics and phrasing—and produce a tone you’re happy with.
2. Play a minimum of three repetitions with a metronome at your current mastery speed.
ALWAYS BE EXPRESSIVE
Thinking Musically at All Times
You can spend so much time building your technique and learning songs that you neglect the other skills that make playing music worthwhile. Dynamics, phrasing, articulations, and tone production are important if you want your music to be expressive. To make the best use of your practice time, always include these musical elements in your playing.
Traditionally, bassists learn new songs like this: First, learn all the pitches and rhythms. Next, build up to performance speed. Finally, just before needing to perform the song, start thinking about how to be expressive. This complicates things by adding a whole new list of items to practice before the song can be played in public. You don’t have time to learn in this outdated way.
If you want to be efficient, here’s a better idea: Always be expressive—right from the start. As you learn pitches and rhythms, decide exactly how the notes should sound.
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.
GREATEST HITS BASS
Bass lines for 15 big songs from the rock giant who was also a humble, genuine guy.
BEST OF DURAN DURAN
John Taylor's driving, funky bass lines on 12 of the band's biggest hits.
A massive, detailed course that can change your musicianship. Includes 48 videos.
Music theory on the fretboard using only finger patterns, charts and definitions; no musical notation.
Accurate bass lines for 15 of CCR's greatest hits.
Paul Simon is a true American troubador, and some great bass players worked with him on these 12 memorable songs.
FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
This month features the following additions to our Free Stuff section.
|Bass Transcription of
from Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.
Here's the intricate, overdubbed bass line played by Ron Blair on this classic Petty hit from the 1977 album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
See lots more Tom Petty bass transcriptions in Eric's new book,
Tom Petty Greatest Hits Bass Transcriptions.
| 1-2 Rhythm
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 1-2 ratio is one beat divided into two counting parts.
|EADG 4: Part 55
Scales in Octaves
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates and discusses scale patterns in octaves and gives additional tips on improving technique.
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