Picture Yourself Playing the Bass

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Picture Yourself Playing Bass is a full-color, step by step guide to learning bass guitar for beginners and intermediate players. This one-of-a-kind book/DVD package walks readers through all of the important educational and musical techniques through easy-to-follow fingering charts, illustrations, photos, musical notation, and detailed instructional chapters. Everything is covered, from tips and advice for purchasing your bass and proper bass care and maintenance, to fingering techniques, reading sheet music, ...

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Overview

Picture Yourself Playing Bass is a full-color, step by step guide to learning bass guitar for beginners and intermediate players. This one-of-a-kind book/DVD package walks readers through all of the important educational and musical techniques through easy-to-follow fingering charts, illustrations, photos, musical notation, and detailed instructional chapters. Everything is covered, from tips and advice for purchasing your bass and proper bass care and maintenance, to fingering techniques, reading sheet music, and advanced sound effects techniques. The companion DVD provides a live instruction from the author to reinforce concepts and techniques - it's like having a virtual private lesson without having to leave the house!

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Scott (Inst. of Contemporary Music Performance, London) has written an informative, practical, and visually attractive how-to guide for learning to play the bass guitar. Beginning with bass parts, the history of the bass, tuning, warming up, and music tablature, Scott methodically introduces the bassist-reader to his or her instrument. Every page includes illustrative color photographs, and each section offers a "Must Know" or "Want To Know More" sidebar. The accompanying music CD, with 99 play-along exercises, is particularly useful and includes percussion. Scott covers a variety of musical styles and rhythms from rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, and country to jazz, swing, and reggae. He concludes with riffs in the style of bass legends like Paul McCartney, Sting, John Entwistle, Charles Mingus, and Carol Kaye.

Chiavaro, a New York City-based musician, has worked as a session musician for several famous producers, including Phil Ramone (Billy Joel), Jack Douglas (Aerosmith), and Brian Harding (Jennifer Lopez). Here, he provides a more thorough, technical approach than Scott and delves deeper into proper technique, position, the fundamentals of music tablature, music theory, scales, and special techniques. Using a private music lesson as his format, Chiavaro instructs his bassists to read each chapter and then follow along with his instructional DVD to practice. Both Scott and Chiavaro encourage their readers to find a good instructor to help them advance. Scott's highly readable guide will appeal to a wider audience, including music aficionados who want to learn more about the bass, while Chiavaro's book is best suited to the serious music student who wants to devote time to thefundamentals. Both titles are highly recommended.
—Elizabeth M. Wavle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598635089
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Series: Picture Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 1,465,411
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Chiavaro can be found playing all over New York City with groups such as Bell, Jerseyband, Burlap to Cashmere, The Christine Hagan Project, Keith Ward Group, Dave Truet's Clarify, Paul Cox, and Rude Jackson. He has worked as a session musician for a line-up of legendary producers including Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Elton John),Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), Brian Harding (Jennifer Lopez, Dream Theater), David Rosenthal (Steve Vai, Billy Joel), Anthony J.Resta (Collective Soul, Duran Duran), Anthony Winters, Ross Peterson (Bjork), and John Hill. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mike has 8 years of teaching experience and has worked with many major label artists such as, Burlap to Cashmere (Warner Bros), Danielle Evin (Sony Records), Nell Bryden (157 Records), Rose Falcon (Columbia), Megumi Kanda (Albany Records), and Spencer Day (Universal Records).Touring credits include national tours with Czech Grammy Winner Lenka Dusilova, James Harries, and Bob America.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started : What You Will Need to Start Playing the Electric Bass; Chapter 2: Note Names, Your Hands, and the Importance of Good Technique; Chapter 3: Reading Music; Chapter 4: The Blues and Major Scales in Other Keys; Chapter 5: The Modes; Chapter 6: Intervals and Ear Training; Chapter 7: Specialty Techniques; Chapter 8: Minor Scales and Intervals; Chapter 9: Harmony: Playing and Understanding Chords; Appendix A: Great Bass Players; Appendix B: Glossary

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