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Bass: Style and Techniques

Style and Techniques

Books and videos on style and technique for bass




Selected methods books from the library's collection
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New Method for the Double Bass by Franz Simandl
MT322 .S56 1984  Check Availability
Image:Basstechbk1.gif From the publisher:
(Book 1 - English and Japanese Text) Edited by Lucas Drew and F. Zimmerman. For String bass (Double Bass). Instructional and Technique. Bowings and fingerings. 149 pages. Published by Carl Fischer.
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Motown Bass : a Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Bass Styles and Techniques of Motown by Dave Rubin
MT599 .B4 R82  Check Availability
Image:MotownBass.jpg From the publisher:
This book/CD pack by blues expert Dave Rubin provides bassists with a step-by-step breakdown of the styles and techniques of Motown, with an emphasis on the legendary James Jamerson - "the bassman in demand."
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Bass Fitness: An Exercising Handbook by Josquin des Pres
MT599.B4 D472  Check Availability
Image:Basstechbk3.JPG‎ From the publisher:
The purpose of this book is to provide the aspiring bass player with a wide variety of finger exercises for developing the techniques necessary to succeed in today's music scene. It can also play an important role in a bass player's daily practicing program.
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Bass Secrets: Where Today's Bass Stylists Get to the Bottom Line compiled by John Stix
MT599.B4 B36 2000  Check Availability
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Bass Secrets brings together 48 columns highlighting specific topics - ranging from the technical to the philosophical - from masters such as Stu Hamm, Randy Coven, Tony Franklin and Billy Sheehan. They cover topics including tapping, walking bass lines, soloing, hand positions, harmonics and more.
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Instant bass by Danny Morris
MT599.B4 M67  Check Availability
Image:Instant-bass.jpg From the publisher:
Learn to play the bass instantly with this revolutionary method! Author Danny Morris has included a wealth of solid bass lines, tips on playing and locking in with a drummer, and strategies to help you understand the bass and develop your own bass lines. The accompanying CD lets you jam with a band in a variety of musical styles.
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The True Cuban Bass by Carlos Del Puerto and Silvio Vergara
MT334 .P84 1994  Check Availability
Image:Basstechbk6.JPG From the publisher:
This book is written by one of the masters of Afro-Cuban bass playing. It is bilingual and comes with two CDs that have Carlos playing the exercises in the book, as well as some historic Cuban recordings re-issued. It is a complete overview of the evolution of the bass' role in Cuban music, as well as a method book on all the different styles of Afro-Cuban bass playing.
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Walkin: Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lines to Standard Chord Progressions by Bruce Gertz
MT330.G478 W3  Check Availability
Image:Basstechbk7.gif From the publisher:
Walkin is an instructional book on walking bass technique. The book explains the various approach notes and scale type lines as well as fingerings for two octave scales and modes. Arpeggios and chord spellings also shown. There are over sixty examples of chord progressions to blues and jazz standards.
The Working Bassist's Tool Kit: The Art & Craft of Successful Bass Playing by Ed Friedland
MT599.B4 F74  Check Availability
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This book by Bass Player contributing editor and columnist Ed Friedland teaches electric or acoustic bassists of any style the musical skills essential in the working world, survival tips for tackling any gig, and techniques for achieving a competitive edge. It helps new working bassists hit the ground running, and pro players grow stronger.
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The music lesson : a spiritual search for growth through music by Victor L. Wooten
PS3623 .O58 M87 2006  Check Availability
Image:The-music-lesson.jpg From the publisher:
From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.
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Bass Lessons with the Greats co-written by Glenn Letsch et al.
MT599.B4 B35 1994  Check Availability
Image:Bass-lessons-with-the-greats.jpg From the publisher:
Six major artists share their vast knowledge and experience in jazz, rock, funk, fusion and Latin bass. Lincoln Goines, Jimmy Haslip, Alphonso Johnson, Rocco Prestia, Gary Willis and Victor Wooten cover laying down a groove, thumb playing and popping, improvising, expanding your jazz vocabulary and mastering modern harmonic and melodic concepts.
Jaco Pastorius Modern Electric Bass by Jaco Pastorius with Jerry Jemmott
MT599 .B4 P3 1991  Check Availability
Image:jacotechniquebass.jpg From the publisher:
Jaco Pastorius , one of the greatest bass players of all time, forged a landmark bass style that still permeates music today. His melodic sense, delicate touch, and groundbreaking bass grooves have influenced generations of musicians, while his music has consistently topped readers' and critics' polls worldwide.
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The bass player's handbook by Greg Mooter
MT320 .M66 2002  Check Availability
Image:The-Bass-Player's-Handbook.jpg From the publisher:
The Bass Player's Handbook provides bassists with a complete guide to understanding the origin and workings of their instrument. Greg Mooter outlines fundamental concepts of proper fingering, tone production and good practice habits. You will also learn how to care for your bass properly and keep it in top form with essential information on repairs, seasonal adjustments, and customizing for your own body, style and sound.
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Mastering the Bass : a Comprehensive Method for Electric and Upright Bass, Book 1 by Bruce Gertz
MT599.B4 G38 bk. 1  Check Availability
Image:Mastering-the-Bass-Books-bk1.jpg From the publisher:
Mastering the Bass is a thorough method for both electric and upright bass designed to guide bassists to mastery. It begins with building strong time and rhythmic skills, a firm foundation upon which all bass playing must be rooted. Following this, students learn a wide range of grooves and practice reading all styles of music. Even seasoned players can fill holes in their technique by going through the method from Book I and moving on to greater technique as well as a deeper understanding in later volumes.
Mastering the Bass : a Comprehensive Method for Electric and Upright Bass, Book 2 by Bruce Gertz
MT599.B4 G38 bk. 2  Check Availability
Image:Mastering-the-Bass-Books-bk2.jpg From the publisher:
Book 2 continues to build strong technique, ear skills, and musicality with obtainable goals relative to those accomplished in Book 1. A large number of shifting and position studies are presented to help players learn to navigate the fingerboard. For upright bassists, there are bowing exercises and variations as well as an explanation of bow articulations. In addition, you will find a further explanation of theory. You will also find discussions of musical expression markings, such as dynamics, and various articulations.
Funkifying the Clave: Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums by Lincoln Goines and Robby Ameen
MT655.2 .G64 1990  Check Availability
Image:Funkifying-the-Clave.jpg From the publisher:
Designed for drummers and bass players, this book/CD lays out a step-by-step approach to combining Afro-Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and jazz.
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Fingerstyle Funk Bass Lines by Joe Santerre
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Image:Fingerstyle-Funk-Bass-Lines.jpg From the publisher:
Learn the art of creating a solid fingerstyle funk bass groove. Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned bass player, this workshop will help you learn many of the bass lines and styles found in your favorite funk tunes, and inspire you to experiment with your own creations. Each lesson contains several practice exercises, a funk song using the lines, and play-along tracks on the accompanying CD. Also included in each lesson is a section for you to write out your own bass grooves. Groove with attitude and confidence. Take your bass playing to the next level with Fingerstyle Funk Bass Lines!
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Flea : Adventures in Spontaneous Jamming and Techniques. performed by Flea
DVD 472  Check Availability
Image:Flea.jpg From Amazon:
Flea, legendary bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers presents an introspective and live performance improvisation with Peppers drummer Chad Smith on this DVD, hosted by River Phoenix. He discusses the theories, philosophies, styles, sounds and technique.
Me'Shell Ndegeocello Clinic 
DVD 2111  Check Availability
Image:No_cover_image_available-DVD.jpg From the publisher:
Recorded at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA on November 1, 2005.