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Review: Hal Leonard’s The Bassist Fake Book

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Review: Hal Leonard’s The Bassist Fake Book

The Bassist’s Fake Book…

In one word…WOW!!! The Hal Leonard’s The Bassist Fake Book is truly remarkable, covering 250 songs from a variety of genres, complete with notation, tab, chord symbols, and lyric cues! The notation and tabs are spot-on and accurate.

If you just have one fake book for bass, this is the one! Covering just a few of the tunes included:

  • All Along the Watchtower
  • American Girl
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • Beat It
  • Billie Jean
  • Brick House
  • Carry On My Wayward Son
  • China Grove
  • Cissy Strut
  • Detroit Rock City
  • Drift Away
  • Hey Jealously
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Lady Marmalade
  • Limelight
  • Oh Pretty Woman
  • Play That Funky Music
  • And the list goes on!

Hal Leonard’s The Bassist Fake Book would be the perfect gift for any bassist and it is available in both soft cover and as a digital book.

Available online at halleonard.com and amazon.com

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Bass Gym – 101 Chords & Harmonic Accompaniments

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Bass Gym – 101 Chords & Harmonic Accompaniments…

We all know that the bass guitar is primarily a melodic and rhythmic instrument. We can
play fat huge bass notes on it with any finger technique, slapping, picking or tapping. In
most cases, however, we will play single notes that build on each other to form a bass line.
The guitarist or keyboardist is in charge of playing the chords, right? So there’s no point in
playing chords on the bass, because we’ll just be wasting our time.

Wrong! Playing chords gives us a tremendous amount of insight. We learn to hear and also ‘see’ chords. In many cases we will have to adjust our fingering and voicing (the way the chords can be interpreted).

On the bass, we very often play double stops (two notes at once) and power chords (either as a double stops with a root and a fifth or as a triple stops with a root, a fifth and an octave). These are the simplest chords that we can incorporate into our bass lines right away.
For example, Lemmy Kilmister was a master at playing power chords! And the likes of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Justin Chancellor of Tool have many grooves or riffs built around playing double or triple stops.

Purely from the point of view of music theory, a chord is a chord if it consists of at least three notes – a root, a fifth and a third. It is a constellation of the simplest major and minor chords. If we proceed further in the chord hierarchy, all chords with a number seven in their name consist of four notes (the three notes mentioned above plus a major or minor seventh), ninth chords of five notes (we add the so-called ninth note, which is a second played an octave higher), eleventh chords of six notes, and finally thirteenth chords of seven notes. So suddenly you realise that you are actually using all the notes of a scale that consists of exactly seven notes (not including the octave).

Yes, the composition of chords and their whole system is closely related to intervals and scales. It is such a great building block for any playful musician.

So, let’s summarize why it’s good to master playing chords on the bass:

1) Understanding the connection between intervals, scales, and chords
2) Improving the visualization of the fingerboard
3) Expanding the register with new techniques for playing
4) Challenging left hand finger coordination
5) Understanding chord formation and note hierarchy aka voicing
6) Insight into the mindset of guitarists or pianists
7) Understanding the harmonic aspects and structure of a given piece of music

As in all the books in the Bass Gym 101 series, we have a total of 101 exercises
targeting all important aspects of the topic. In our case, chord playing and harmonic
accompaniments. Each exercise is briefly described in the title and consists of a notation and tablature that shows you where and how best to play the exercise.

I recommend being particularly consistent in the way you play the exercises. Begin with small sections – one bar at a time, slowing down and looping. Gradually add more bars and also increase the tempo.

I was especially careful to write each exercise in a practical, musical way. These are not just boring etudes or purely mechanical practice. You can take the exercises and use them straightway in a song or jam session with a drummer or other musician. Or use them in your own original composition. There are no limits to your imagination and creativity.

The main focus is on musicality, challenging progressions, fingerings and combinations which will enhace your playing skills while keeping it real and practical. Often exercises are written as passages in songs – a verse, a bridge or a chorus.

I hope this musical approach will motivate you even more to incorporate chordal playing into your bass lines. Personally, I always immediately think of a new song when playing chords and often end up playing it with the band. You never know, maybe chord playing will inspire you enough to become a songwriter and bring not just grooves or bass lines to the table, but also complete songs and arrangements.

Exercise methodology:

1-10 – practicing double stops
11-20 – practicing double stops and open strings
21-29 – tenth chords
30-39 – chords with three notes – triple stops
40-49 – grooves with double stops and chords
50-60 – seventh chords
61-65 – ninth chords
66-70 – sus4 chords
71-75 – chords using all four strings
76-80 – flamenco style chords
81-90 – voice leading
91-101 – etudes and grooves in different musical styles

Bass Gym – 101 Chords & Harmonic Accompaniments is available online at Amazon.com

All exercises are available as mp3 downloads at basslinepublishing.com/free-stuff

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Build Walking Bass Lines in 14 Days

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Build Walking Bass Lines in 14 Days: Jazz and Blues Bass Lines for Upright and Electric Bass…

Learn how to walk bass lines from master instructor Clay Schaub. Build Walking Bass Lines in 14 Days is the ultimate walking bass lines book for intermediate and advanced bass players.

In this practical, step-by-step guide, bassist and master instructor Clay Schaub teaches you the essential elements you need to know to begin walking bass lines in blues and jazz. Inside this bass book for intermediate and advanced bassists, you’ll find songs, melodies, and music exercises all presented in standard notion and tab so you can quickly apply the music to your bass, whether it’s upright or electric. With this book, you can learn how to walk bass lines!

The bass is no different than any other instrument, and with steady, mindful practice, you can learn to build walking bass lines in just two weeks, because Build Walking Bass Lines in 14 Days is written with you, the student bassist, in mind.

This bass book is jam-packed with fundamental bass-walking skills and exercises. In just two weeks, you’ll learn:

  • Music Theory
  • Scales & Chords
  • Common Progressions
  • Fundamental Rhythms
  • Bass Line Recipes
  • How to Groove
  • The Blues

Build Walking Bass Lines in 14 Days is available at Amazon.com

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Concepts for Bass Soloing

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CONCEPTS FOR BASS SOLOING

Concepts for Bass Soloing by Chuck Sher…

Concepts for Bass Soloing is specifically designed to improve your soloing!

Includes 2 CDs of Marc Johnson soloing on each exercise (Marc has been the bassist with Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Lyle Mays, etc.). Includes transcriptions of bass solos by Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Scott La Faro, Jimmy Haslip, George Mraz, Gary Willis and Dominique Di Piazza. Also Includes over 150 pages of exercises to help you create more beautiful, horn-like solos. Many transcriptions of Marc Johnson’s astounding improvised solos on the accompanying 2 CDs. Features complete chapters on Choice of Notes In One Mode, Phrasing Exercises in One Mode, Choice of Notes On A Given Chord, Typical Jazz Licks, and Practicing Soloing On Tunes.

Written in Standard Notation only (no TAB).

Concepts for Bass Soloing is available at Amazon.com

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BASS IMPROVISATION: The Complete Guide to Soloing

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BASS IMPROVISATION: The Complete Guide to Soloing

BASS IMPROVISATION: The Complete Guide to Soloing…

BASS IMPROVISATION is a guide to improvisation over jazz tunes.

This book/CD pack is designed to help players master the art of improvisation. The CD includes over 50 tracks for demonstration and play-along. The book works with electric or acoustic bass and covers: modes, harmonic minor, melodic minor, blues, pentatonics, diminished, whole tone, Lydian b7, Mixolydian b13, and other important scales; phrasing, chord scale concepts, melodic development, guide tones, and resolutions; plus how to use your ear, practice tunes, and much more!

Advanced players only as it focuses on advanced techniques. Standard notation. 52 pages. Includes Audio CD.

BASS IMPROVISATION: The Complete Guide to Soloing available at Amazon.com

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Soloing for Bass

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SOLOING FOR BASS

Soloing for Bass

A topic not often broached for bass guitar, SOLOING FOR BASS is a contemporary approach to improvising in any style.

A topic not often broached for bass guitar, improvising a solo can be a scary and mysterious situation for many bass players. Have no fear! This excellent book/CD pack delivers all you need to become a master soloist, no matter what style of music you play. Featuring loads of solo exercises, clear and concise theory discussion, and plenty of play-along tracks, you’ll learn the tricks and tools of soloing for bass. Covers: major scale modes, melodic minor scale modes, harmonic minor scale modes, symmetrical scales, modal interchange, key-center playing, scale substitutions, superimposition, and more!

Written in standard notation and TAB. 96 pages.

SOLOING FOR BASS is available at Amazon.com

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