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NEW BOOK: GROOVE MONSTER METHOD BASS GUIDEBOOK
Winston Sizemore has produced this fresh and fun introduction to the bass guitar. It starts with the basics but moves quickly into theory and technique, and playing cool lines.
The author aims to develop confidence in players, so they can create their own bass lines, work with other musicians and play in a band.
Written in standard notation and TAB. 64 pages.
Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on GROOVE MONSTER METHOD BASS GUIDEBOOK
NEW BOOK: HARMONICS FOR THE BASS GUITARIST AND CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER
Maybe not experts-only, quite, but good skills and experience are required to get the most out of this highly technical new book on harmonics.
Bassist, author, composer and educator Michael Kraft has created this in-depth study of Harmonic Series, that group of frequencies that are multiples of a fundamental.
Written in "adapted" standard notation (no TAB per se, but the notes are presented to suggest string and fret) and with extensive fretboard charts. 128 pages.
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QUOTE - UNQUOTE
"The drums are the executive branch. The jazz orchestra is the legislative branch. The bass player is the judicial branch."
Performance coach/bassist David Motto offers free tips from his ebook, THE TEN-MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO.
OVERCOME THE SAD SYNDOME
Eliminating the all-time, worst-ever habit of musicians
Nearly one-hundred percent of bassists make an enormous mistake every time they
practice. This mistake is like an infectious plague that has spread through the musical
community. It’s called the SAD Syndrome. SAD stands for Stop And Do-it-again. Here’s
how it works:
Song after song, musicians start playing at the top, abruptly stop every time they play a
wrong note, quickly correct the note, and move on—continuing this pattern until they reach
the end of the song. Each interruption feels almost instinctive, like a reflex twitch. During
these uncontrolled stops and starts, some musicians unconsciously blurt out a quick “Oh” or
“Sorry” or “*%&^#$”!
Let’s look at this process from your muscles’ point of view. (Read more)
PRACTICE THE WAY YOU WANT TO PLAY
Creating the sound you desire
What you do in the practice room mirrors what will happen whenever you play. Performances can only be as strong as the preparation that led to them. If in your daily practicing you’re timid and unsure, prone to making errors, or sloppy with rhythms, you should expect your performances to be full of these weaknesses also.
While practicing bass, you are building neural pathways and teaching your muscles to
perform specific sequences of motions. Your muscles will learn exactly what you have them
do every day. They don’t have access to any additional information that will miraculously
transform your playing. They learn exclusively what they practice. So, make sure that how
you practice is really the way you want to play!
To have fun and to figure out how you truly want to sound, look at the practice room as a
laboratory. (Read more)
See all ESSENTIAL SECRETS published to date on our BLOG.
BACH ON BASS
"Bach on bass guitar is the utimate genre collision and it's utterly wonderful."
With that, ClassicFM.com opened a nice little item on how classical pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach can be beautifully rendered on electric bass. Of course, this is not exactly news to many of us, but it's good to see the idea getting broader play in the music press.
The article includes two videos, one of Msislav Rostropovich playing Bach's Cello Suite No. 2 - Prelude on the originally intended instrument, and another with Zachary Riser performing the same piece on his fanned-fret Dingwall ABZ 6-string electric. Check it out here.
Riser's fingerstyle playing yields an inevitable staccato quality that bowing the cello does not, but it's a lovely bit of music. We could all do with learning some Baroque.
Bach books from BassBooks.com:
BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC BASS
BACH 2-PART INVENTIONS FOR 4-STRING BASS 5-STRING 6-STRING
J.S. BACH FOR BASS
J.S. BACH FOR ELECTRIC BASS
See our whole Classical Music category here.
CLIFF WILLIAMS RETIRING FROM AC/DC
"It's time for me to step out. That's all."
Bass player and steady influence Cliff Williams has decided to call time on his participation in AC/DC. Since 1977, and through multiple dramas and passings of bandmates, Cliff has provided the foundation for the classic rockers' weighty sound.
In this video, Cliff discusses his decision.
AC/DC books from BassBooks.com:
BASSOLOGY OF AC/DC
AC/DC BASS PLAY-ALONG
PLAY BASS WITH THE BEST OF AC/DC
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FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND ADDITIONS
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