Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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The fun and easy way to tune up your technique and improve your playing

The bass guitar is used in almost every single genre of music ? from rock to classical, jazz to funk. Regardless of your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides the tips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability. Whether you're a beginner player or looking to stretch your playing skills, this is the book for ...

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Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies

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Overview

The fun and easy way to tune up your technique and improve your playing

The bass guitar is used in almost every single genre of music — from rock to classical, jazz to funk. Regardless of your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides the tips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability. Whether you're a beginner player or looking to stretch your playing skills, this is the book for you!

  • Know your scales — play scales straight up and down and combine them with chord arpeggios and even with grooves

  • The right rhythm for the right style — accumulate a good basic repertoire of genre-specific grooves so that you sound like an expert

  • Hear how it's done — listen to tracks of the author playing many of the exercises

  • Develop muscle memory — play arpeggios, rhythms, grooves, and melodies, and establish the wherewithal to apply them to different styles

  • Real-life applications — see how the exercises are applied in real and famous songs

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for correct hand and body posture

  • Instruction on fingering options and hand positions

  • Exercises for tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics

  • Hints for developing a complete practice session

  • Ways the exercises can be applied to great music

  • Methods for getting comfortable with scales

  • Workouts for stronger playing

Learn to:

  • Master scales, chords, and arpeggios through 300 bass guitar exercises

  • Grasp finger and hand position

  • Refine tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics

Play along with the accompanying CD

Audio CD Includes
Over 90 musical tracks of many of the book's exercises for you to listen and play along

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470934197
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 655,354
  • File size: 18 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Patrick Pfeiffer has recorded with George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Norman (Coasters), Paul Griffin (Steely Dan), Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), and Mike Kissel's KMA All-Stars, to name a few.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Preparing to Practice.

Chapter 1: Reviewing Practice Fundamentals.

Chapter 2: Warming Up Your Right and Left Hands.

Part II: Scales (Modes) and Chords.

Chapter 3: Playing Scales (Modes).

Chapter 4: Playing Mode Sequences.

Chapter 5: Working with Arpeggios.

Chapter 6: Combining Seventh Chords.

Part III: Rhythm and the Groove.

Chapter 7: Building the Groove Skeleton.

Chapter 8: Accessing the Groove Apex.

Chapter 9: Setting Up with the Groove Tail.

Chapter 10: Combining Rhythms.

Part IV: Turning Exercises into Music.

Chapter 11: Feeling the Eighth-Note Groove.

Chapter 12: Working the Sixteenth-Note Groove.

Chapter 13: Trippin' on Triplets.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Essential Elements of a Great Practice Session.

Chapter 15: Ten Famous Tunes That Incorporate the Exercises in This Book.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: How to Use the CD.

Appendix B: Extended Range Basses and Practice Goals.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    suprisingly useful

    in a band, playing bass for thirteen years, guitar for twenty three and the well written book helped me in thirty mins. the chapters are designed so you can jump around. well done, and thanks for helping me become an even better player!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    do NOT buy as an ebook

    You cannot. read the tabs. they are too tiny and blurry, and you cannot enlarge them. get the real book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Doesnt work on e-reader

    Tabs are too small & there is no way to enlarge them. Not a good idea for a Nook book. Also no sound. The actual hard copy comes with a cd.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    1 star

    Can't read tabs no sound not worth it for ereader

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    editor should read "Publishing for Dummies"

    This is the first book I've ever returned - and wouldn't have even purchased it if I had seen it in person. The print used for music notation and TAB is smaller than the text! Unless you're wearing surgeon's magnifiers there is no way to read it on a music stand (I even had to strain with reading it as I would a regular book).

    Unfortunately the material in general looked interesting and was the first book I've seen that offered physical exercises for stretching your fingers, so I would have given it 5 stars if the author had told the publisher to double the number of pages (which are cheap, newsprint quality anyway) in order to present music for musicians.

    Still can't believe that the Dummies people didn't realize this wasn't going to work....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Never buy a book for dummies or idiots

    You are better than that.

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